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DPLA Introduces a Community of Practice for Its Digital Equity Project Supporting Diverse Archives

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced that thanks to $850,000 in new funding from the Mellon Foundation, DPLA is creating a Digital Equity Project to help support underrepresented, under-resourced archives and help DPLA partner with diverse archival projects.

DPLA teamed up with an initial cohort of three organizations, thus creating a Digital Equity Project Community of Practice, which will see representatives of each organization collaborating to create a model for partnering with diverse archival projects and giving financial support to developing new initiatives. The organizations are Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Seattle Public Library, and DPLA’s Recollection Wisconsin Service Hub along with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries. Each will get subgrant awards to work on a project focused on digital capacity building.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will expand its Living Archives Project, which is documenting the impact of the pandemic on Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Seattle Public Library will build on its existing relationship with the Wa Na Wari immersive community art project to support the development of its Seattle Black Spatial Histories Institute, which trains people in doing Black memory work. The Recollection Wisconsin Service Hub and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Libraries are teaming to fund a Milwaukee Women’s Art Library community ambassador, who will act as a liaison to the city’s women’s and nonbinary art community, breaking down barriers to access for them.

For more information, read the announcement.



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