Friday, February 03, 2017

Technology Review: Digital Public Library of America

The DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA is a portal that brings together resources from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.
This website provides access to digital objects related to cultural heritage. The easy-to-use search engine contains both basic and advanced tools for locating items. One of the innovate aspects of the website is the ability to browse millions of items by timeline, map, format, subject, and partner.
The Exhibitions section uses digital objects to tell stories of national significance. Nearly three dozen thematic exhibits are available on topics such as urban parks, race tot he moon, and prohibition.
The Map section allows users to click on a US map to zoom into regional, state, and local digital objectives. The Timeline permits visitors to zoom in on resources related to a specific year or decade.
The Education area provides teaching and learning resources for educators including primary source sets.
The App Library extends the experience by providing a variety of tools to visualize and use digital resources.
Librarians will find this website to be an excellent springboard for activities focusing on primary sources, history, and culture. Use the primary source sets and exhibitions to engage students in fascinating documents related to historical themes.
To visit the website, go to