DPLA Receives $150,000 Grant From the Knight Foundation to Expand the Palace Marketplace and Palace Bookshelf
From a DPLA Announcement:
DPLA’s ebook work is a key part of our mission to advance digital access to knowledge for all. Earlier this month, The Palace Project app and platform officially launched and are already in use by more than 125 libraries, with 300 more coming online in the coming weeks.
Today, we are pleased to share that DPLA has received a new $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to further DPLA’s work to advance The Palace Project. This funding will allow us to expand Palace Marketplace, the only not-for-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace, as well as Palace Bookshelf, our collection of more than 11,000 open-access ebooks curated by the DPLA Curation Corps of librarians.
“The Palace Project is already helping boost equitable access to knowledge in communities across the country,” said George Martinez, chief technology officer for Knight Foundation. “We’re thrilled to provide additional support to DPLA to expand the adoption of the Palace platform by libraries and librarians. As trusted institutions, libraries are an essential conduit for information and free speech to help build more informed and engaged communities.”
DPLA is committed to working with publishers to make a variety of flexible licensing models available to libraries. Libraries can choose from more than 1 million titles from all of the “Big 5” publishers and hundreds of independent publishers available in the marketplace, and, in addition, we have recently completed our rollout of all 7,000+ previously published titles from Amazon Publishing as part of an agreement we announced last spring. Newly released Amazon Publishing titles will flow in on a rolling basis.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.