FREE Public Access to Information! FREE Primary Sources! I’ve been evangelizing for the free information you can get through public libraries, non-profits, and government sites for years. I even set up my own site, primarysourcesonline, and tried to pull the best links all together by myself a few years ago. But it was too huge an undertaking for one person. More great sites came online every day, others updated and changed their web address. I couldn’t keep up. So rather than have a site full of bad links, and a nagging guilty conscience about it, I took the site off line.
The DPLA planning process began in October 2010 at a meeting in Cambridge, MA. Forty leaders from libraries, foundations, academia, and technology projects agreed to work together to create
“an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that would draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future generations.”
In December 2010, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, convened leading experts in libraries, technology, law, and education to begin work on this ambitious project. A two-year process of intense grassroots community organization, beginning in October 2011 and hosted at the Berkman Center, brought together hundreds of public and research librarians, innovators, digital humanists, and other volunteers—organized into six workstreams and led by a distinguished Steering Committee—helped to scope, design, and construct the DPLA.
On the home page you can search all the collections, from all the sites, over seven million items, all full text, all FREE. Try it out! Digital Public Library of America