NJ/DE Digital Collective joins DPLA

DPLA is pleased to welcome the NJ/DE Digital Collective as DPLA’s newest service hub. The NJ/DE Digital Collective is a collaboration launched by the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) and Delaware Division of Libraries (DDL) that serves libraries and cultural heritage institutions throughout New Jersey and Delaware. More than 20 organizations are currently contributing to DPLA through the NJ/DE Digital Collective including NJSL, DDL, Rutgers University, the University of Delaware, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Princeton University.

“We are delighted to add the rich collections of the NJ/DE Digital Collective to DPLA. Running the gamut from the history of activism to art to the immigrant experience, these collections help further DPLA’s mission to create access to artifacts that bring to life the true breadth and depth of American history,” said Shanée Yvette Murrain, DPLA’s director of community engagement. 

The NJ/DE Digital Collective is currently contributing more than 124,000 items to DPLA. “This multi-state collaboration has been a long time in development, but it is worth the wait,” said Lynn Hoffman, project coordinator for the NJ/DE Digital Collective hub. “We are proud to make these rich historic collections from our founding partners available for discovery, and look forward to adding more content from New Jersey and Delaware organizations over the months and years to come.”

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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) aggregates, or brings together, descriptive information about digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums, and makes it freely available to the world. Currently this national online portal has:

  • 35 million + collections resources from libraries, archives and museums
  • 42 hubs (and growing) that include more than 2,057 institutional partners from across the United States

DPLA Service Hubs are state, regional, or other collaborations that host and/or bring together digital objects from institutions within their respective communities. Single institutions with substantial individual collections are also included in the Hubs Network.

The NJ/DE Digital Collective is a DPLA Service Hub.

What the NJ/DE Digital Collective and DPLA can do for your collections

Sharing your collection information with DPLA gives you the ability to:

  • Increase web traffic to your collections and, therefore, your organization
  • Create collection-based educational sets
  • Develop online exhibits
  • Build a community around individual collections
  • Establish a platform for underrepresented groups
  • Place your organization on the same playing field as others