On April 27, DPLA West brought together over 400 librarians, technologists, public policy advocates, and a very small number of publishers at the Internet Archive in San Francisco to discuss the progress of the most visible effort yet to forge a common digital library for both Americans and the world: the nascent Digital Public Library of America. The best thing about the meeting, the second major public gathering of the DPLA, was that it was full of hope and aspirations. Of course, that was also the worst thing about the DPLA meeting, too.
Despite challenges and uncertainty, DPLA’s higher-order goals are so clear, and so positive, that the hard work of this many dedicated individuals, with the support of generous funders, most surely will deliver public insight and participation.
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