New Digital Library Launches: Internet + Ancient Library of Alexandria

April 18, 2013 5:27 PM

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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a non-profit online service, was launched earlier today. So what exactly does this service—years in the making—offer? According to author Doron Weber, it’s “as if the Ancient Library of Alexandria had met the Modern World Wide Web and digitized America for the benefit of all.”

If that sounds like a lofty description, it’s perhaps appropriate for the organization’s lofty goals. The beta version of the “discovery portal” was rolled out this morning at the New York Public Library, after the larger launch that had been planned to take place at the Boston Public Library was ca...

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