If you haven’t been following the Digital Public Library of America, there’s still time to get involved in this amazing initiative. Essentially, the DPLA is a large-scale, participatory public system, bringing together existing digital library content into a national system. They will facilitate digitization of and public access to content, including all media types and formats, and will aggregate existing metadata and create new metadata for access purposes. Read more about the scope of this project here. The Digital Library Digest is packed with good info–check it out.
The DPLA is launching April 18-19 at Boston Public Library. This event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. There will be a reception, exhibits, presentations, and tours–it really sounds like a worthwhile event if you can make it to Boston. Check out their site for registration, scholarships to cover travel costs, discounts on hotels, etc. The event will be broadcast online and you can also follow the event on twitter, facebook, you name it (#dpla).
Also, this is a great chance to get involved if you are interested in digital libraries. Show your support in the DPLA launch Photobooth. Join one of the DPLA listservs to contribute to a workstream. Or check out paid internships and research assistant gigs with DPLA!