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Promising DPLA debut—but please don’t confuse special-collection items, exhibits and APIs with a full-fledged ‘public library’ demo

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#1 Comment By carry On April 21, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

Furthermore, it could still partner up with real public libraries and share content and technical resources and even people. But again—don’t risk letting elite academics, however brilliant and however well intentioned, dominate the nation’s public library systems in time.

#2 Comment By Zachary On April 25, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

David,

Have you seen Harvard’s StackLife, created to be used with DPLA? Here’s a link:

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So, for your example above with Mr. Gissing’s “New Grub Street”, the StackLife result shows the Internet Archive has this book. Here’s the search result:

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It will be interesting to see what other tools are developed for the DPLA as time passes.

~Zachary

#3 Comment By David H. Rothman On April 27, 2013 @ 4:53 am

Thanks, Zack. I agree that StackLife is cool, just like the Europeana app, the open image one and others in the app library, but it isn’t part of the main DPLA search so far. The DPLA is more of a library kit than a real library. The actual main site is also pretty lacking in the content department. I continue to see promise in the project; it just isn’t there yet. For a similar view, from a Dutch blogger, who also wrote about German digital library efforts, go to:

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> It will be interesting to see what other tools are developed for the DPLA as time passes.

Totally agree!

Of course, I remain concerned that the DPLA is unwittingly preempting digital library efforts of the kind that could more directly address the needs of mainstream library-users. We should encourage the the DPLA’s talented and dedicated people and help in other ways, but aim for two separate national digital library systems for the U.S., one public and one academic. Meanwhile the DPLA should drop the “Public” from its name yesterday 😉

David