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Calisphere collections now available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

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Researchers are now able to explore Calisphere’s incredible collection of digital primary sources within the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This month, the CDL successfully shared more than 225,000 metadata records from Calisphere from UC libraries and over 120 other libraries, archives and museums in California with DPLA. In addition, another 112,000 from the collections of the San Francisco and Los Angeles public libraries were shared as part of a pilot to grow the number of California contributions. As a result, visitors to the DPLA website will now be able to discover important digital collections from across California, amidst a large and growing national aggregation. DPLA currently provides access to over 10 million items contributed by 1,600 institutions nationwide.

This is just the first round of what is now an ongoing service at the CDL. In its role as a DPLA Content Hub, CDL will routinely share metadata records for resources contributed to Calisphere, and the number of shared records will continue to grow as CDL begins harvesting more metadata from the UC Libraries through the new UC Libraries Digital Collection platform.

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CDL began the process of launching as a new DPLA Content Hub in 2014, on behalf of the UC Libraries and with the endorsement of the Council of University Librarians. The work has been made possible through generous support from DPLA and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Additional information about CDL’s launch as a Content Hub is available at