Digital Public Library of America (DPLA): Planning for a Service Hub for New Jersey

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

The DPLA hubs model is establishing a national network out of over forty digital libraries and major digital collections in the U.S., bringing together digitized and born-digital content from across the country into a single access point for end users, and an open platform for developers. New Jersey’s cultural heritage organizations are working together to establish a Service Hub for New Jersey to aggregate New Jersey’s digital content into DPLA. Planning for the Service Hub includes a statewide digitization survey and a symposium.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show at WAMU 88.5 held an informational show on DPLA. The show can be listened to here.

New Jersey DPLA Survey Closed on April 17

Thank you to the more than 100 institutions that responded to the survey to assist in the state’s planning for the Digital Public Library of America Service Hub for New Jersey. The consultants working with us on this effort, Tom Clareson and Liz Bishoff, are currently reviewing the submitted data. They will report on the survey results at the New Jersey DPLA Symposium on Wednesday, June 14. The survey results will be used in development of a statewide DPLA strategy and a DPLA application.

New Jersey DPLA Symposium 

The New Jersey DPLA Symposium was held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Monmouth County library headquarters in Manalapan. For more information about the symposium, please see this article.



1.What is DPLA & how is it different from a statewide collaborative?

2. Why collaborate? Why DPLA?

3. Why collaborate? Why DPLA? – Part 2

4. Growing DPLA in the Garden State: The NJ Digitization Environment

5. Becoming a DPLA Service Hub:Benefits and Requirements

6. Next steps And DPLA Aggregation Overview & Metadata Basics

7. A Closer Look at a Few DPLA Hub Models

Executive Committee:

  • Mary Chute, State Librarian, NJSL
  • James Lonergan, Deputy State Librarian, Library Support Services, NJSL
  • Eileen Morales, Grants Manager, NJSL
  • Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian, Lifelong Learning, NJSL
  • Margaret Nizolek, Chief Deputy State Librarian, State Library Information Center, NJSL
  • Deborah Mercer, New Jersey Collections Librarian, NJSL
  • Ben Saracco, New Jersey Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian, NJSL
  • Edith Beckett, Technical Services Librarian, NJSL
  • Kathy Schalk-Greene, Executive Director, LibraryLinkNJ
  • Krisellen Maloney, PhD, Vice President for Information Services, University Librarian and Distinguished Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey