BOSTON — The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today $594,000 in new funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
to research potential sustainability models and to pursue the most
promising option (or options). This two-year grant will allow DPLA to
expand its staff to target opportunities for further development and
revenue, without compromising its mission of open access to the riches
of America’s libraries, archives, and museums.
“We deeply appreciate the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s generous
support, which will help us build on DPLA’s tremendous momentum,” said
DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen. “Our ambitious coast-to-coast
accumulation of openly available materials will take years to bring
together and to put into educational contexts and public programs, and
achieving a sustainable model will be critical to fulfilling that
The project, which will proceed in a series of phases, is designed to
first comprehensively flesh out an emerging set of sustainability
pathways for the young organization. In the following phases, DPLA will
narrow down those options in concert with its partners and through
additional technical and content work.
New positions in business development, content, and technology will help DPLA achieve this sustainable path. The opening for a Content Specialist is immediately available; other positions will be released in the near future at dp.la/info/about/jobs.