A new Executive Director for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has been announced. John S. Bracken will begin on December 4, 2017. Bracken is a demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations. Most recently, Bracken comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he is vice president, technology innovation.

Digital culture is the product of pervasive technology and limitless access to information. With the Internet, artificial intelligence, security, machine learning, privacy, and the plethora of other technology in our lives, it is easy to understand how it has invaded our day-to-day lives and thought processes.

Their own website declares their ambitious goal is to empower people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. By maximizing public access to shared history, culture, and knowledge, DPLA connects people to America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

Melody K. Smith

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