• Promisin' DPLA debut—but please don’t confuse special-collection items, exhibits an' APIs wi' a full-fledged ‘public library’ demo

    by  • April 22, 2013 • Internet, Libraries • 0 Comments

    DPLAA ca'eat first. Thar Digital Public Library o'America be e'olvin'.

    Wha'’s more, I’m a booster o'yonder organization an' o'ye people behind it, includin' t'new executi'e director, Dan Cohen, who so decently reacted after t'Boston Marathon bombin's.

    But fer now, yonder academic-an'-hacker mindset be pre'ailin' at ye DPLA over t'raditional public library 'un, judgin' from yonder demo’s worthy but rather limited debut today. Not necessarily a bad thin', mind ye. But then, why insist on ye P word in t'organization’s name? Also, yonder K-12 appeal so far be not quite as great as I’d hoped despite some terrific exceptions. More positi'ely, ye DPLA has gi'en us a promisin' blend o'special-collection items, mixed wi' ahoy wrinkles such as ways t'narrow a search by a timeline or geography. I’m lookin' forward t'many more items in t'same vein, jus' like those o'Europeana, which links t'more than 22 million books, films an' other digital content at participatin' libraries. 'un o'me fa'orite no'elists, t'not-so-fashionable but (t' me) readable Sinclair Lewis, even shows up in yonder DPLA catalog by way o'correspondence wi' his actress strumpet.

    Read t'full article @ librarycity.org.


    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.


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