Knight Foundation funds project that will digitize library content for free access
October 16, 2012
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced it will provide $1 million in funding to The Digital Public Library of America project. The program, which is converting the nation's library archives and content into digital format, will be piloted in seven states to start, including Utah, Minnesota, Kentucky, South Carolina, Oregon, Massachusetts and Georgia. Once the platforms are launched, users will then be able to search and access documents for free.
"Libraries - both digital and brick-and-mortar - play an important role in our communities' civic and cultural life," said Maura Marx, director of the Digital Public Library of America’s secretariat. "Knight's support will allow public libraries working through the hubs to engage with their communities on local history and related social issues.
The pilot programs will serve as opportunities for regional and local staff members to learn the best ways to categorize and store digital content before the prototype's expected launch date - April 2013.
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