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A National Digital Public Library Begins to Take Shape

“The Digital Public Library of America doesn’t exist yet, but it’s closer to becoming a reality.”

“Peggy D. Rudd, director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, reminded the audience that not everybody was well equipped to clamber aboard. ‘So many of us have been focusing on content,’ she said. ‘We must remember that there are those in our country that will need a whole variety of assistance to use this resource that we’re all committed to today.’ Good tools and access to them will be critical to making the digital public library useful to large numbers of people, she said. If the project succeeds, she suggested, ‘DPLA’ could become a verb. Ms. Rudd imagined someone walking down the sidewalk with a smartphone and deciding to look something up, saying ‘I’m going to DPLA it!’”