Sharing Our Collections on the National Stage:
Update on the Digital Public Library of America Pilot Project (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 3:00-4:00 pm MDT / 2:00-3:00 pm PDT
Sandra McIntyre, MWDL Program Director

Sandra presented an update about the Digital Hubs Pilot Project underway as part of the national effort to create a new "digital library for everyone," the Digital Public Library of America. This was the first webinar in our spring webinar series, "Partnering with the Mountain West Digital Library," which includes presentations about several topics related to the collaborative work going on in the MWDL network of libraries, museums, and archives.

As DPLA prepares to launch on April 18 with millions of digital resources and dozens of tools for users to employ to work with those resources, Mountain West Digital Library has been fortunate to be selected as one of seven "service hubs" from around the country for the initial launch, and we are serving as the on-ramp for memory institutions in the Mountain West to contribute metadata about their digital collections. Funding from three national funding sources started flowing to us this spring to enable us to improve and expand our services to the region's cultural heritage institutions. Sandra described initial progress on the project and the opportunities for all partners to participate.

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