HASTAC Steering Committee Member Named Director of Digital Public Library of America

HASTAC Steering Committee Member Named Director of Digital Public Library of America

HASTAC would like to congratulate HASTAC Steering Committee member Dan Cohen on his appointment as the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)! The DPLA officially became open to the public on April 18, 2013 and has already received great (and well-deserved) praise. We applaud Dan Cohen and DPLA's efforts in making information accessible and hope for their continued success.

The following announcement has been reblogged from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. See the full blog post here.

On March 5, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced the appointment of Dan Cohen as the DPLA’s founding Executive Director.  Cohen, currently a tenured professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, brings to the DPLA more than a decade of experience in digital humanities and a deep commitment to the future of libraries, archives, and museums.  Cohen will begin his tenure on April 18, 2013.

“Dan Cohen's appointment is exceptionally good news for the future of the DPLA,” said John Palfrey, President of the DPLA Board of Directors. “Dan's contributions to the field of digital humanities and to libraries are already extraordinary.  He has led major open source development projects, helped to digitize important works of culture, supported teachers and students in accessing fantastic digital materials, and written about the importance of libraries, archives, and museums in a digital age.  We are very fortunate that he has agreed to lead the DPLA as the founding executive director.”

As the Executive Director, Cohen will work to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.  He will manage the day-to-day operations of the new organization, will serve as the DPLA’s spokesperson, and will advocate for partners within and outside the larger DPLA community, among a range of other critical duties.

“I am so honored to be entrusted with leading the team that will take the next steps in making the wonderful idea of the Digital Public Library of America a reality,” said Cohen. “The notion of a large-scale open digital library for all, which will connect everyone to the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, is profoundly important. I am deeply thankful for the hard work and tremendous vision of the DPLA's Secretariat, Steering Committee, and Board of Directors, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the thousands of Americans who have participated in the DPLA’s planning process. I look forward to building upon this incredible foundation, and to partnering with people and institutions across the country to build a new library for the twenty-first century.”

The remainder of the article can be found here.

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