The has announced a grant of nearly $1 million from the in support of a pilot program to enhance the digital skills and capacity of public library staff.
Awarded through the Gates Foundation's program, the funds will enable DPLA to collaborate with its service "hubs" — regional digital library partners across the country — to build curricular resources and implement hands-on training programs that develop digital skills and capacity.
By training librarians and volunteers to produce digitized materials and curate them into virtual exhibitions that can be linked to relevant items in the DPLA and associated collections, public libraries will contribute to a greater understanding of local historical and cultural content within their respective communities, while sharing that local heritage globally via DPLA's portal and platform. The initiative is an important step in the nascent DPLA Local program, which is working to customize DPLA's infrastructure for use in communities across the United States.
"From its inception, the Digital Public Library of America has partnered with libraries across America to help bring their riches to the country and the world," said DPLA executive director Dan Cohen. "With this generous grant from the Gates Foundation, we can extend this partnership to help local libraries and librarians take full advantage of what digital technology has to offer."