The Digital Public Library of America Revisited

On May 1, I wrote about the new Digital Public Library of America (, a new portal bringing together digitized treasures from libraries, archives, and museums in the United States. At that time, though, searching for gems from or about Davidson College yielded pretty disappointing results. No longer! Now a search for “Davidson College” returns 481 results, including college catalogs, lots of pictures, and even two videos!

What happened? The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center became a DPLA service hub, bringing digital content from 130 North Carolina institutions into the DPLA. This is truly an exciting development for the college and our state!

If you haven’t looked at DPLA yet, you really should. We’re using it in classes where students need images and archival materials. It’s getting better stocked every day and is well on its way to being a rich and amazing resource.