Digital Public Library of America Appoints ACLS Digital Innovation Fellow Dan Cohen as Executive Director
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has named Dan Cohen F’06 as its founding executive director. Cohen, a professor of history and art history at George Mason University and director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, was among the first recipients of the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, which supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities. Cohen begins his tenure as executive director on April 18, 2013.
“This is a splendid appointment. Dan Cohen’s scholarly achievements, executive ability and infectious collegiality fit him perfectly for this important responsibility,” said ACLS Vice President Steve Wheatley. “He has worked unrelentingly to make knowledge become more accessible and circulate faster in the academy and in society. With Dan at the helm, the DPLA will enact those same values on a great scale.”
Cohen will oversee the DPLA at a time of significant expansion. Conceived in 2010, the DPLA aims to make freely available a range of cultural materials, written works primarily but also still and moving images, sound recordings, and more. In September 2012, the DPLA introduced its Digital Hubs Pilot Project, which will incorporate existing digital library content into DPLA’s infrastructure. The DPLA will highlight content from partnering libraries during its two-day public launch on April 18-19.
Cohen has made extensive contributions to the field of digital humanities. As director of the Rozenzweig Center at George Mason, he has fostered a wide range of ambitious digital initiatives, from software-based research tools to curated multimedia digital collections. He is the author (with Roy Rosenzweig) of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). His next book, The Ivory Tower and the Open Web, is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. He was awarded the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship in 2006 for the creation of Zotero, an open-source tool that enables scholars to search for, extract, and annotate digital research material. Among other honors, he is the recipient of the 2011 Kilgour Award from the American Library Association.
For more information about the DPLA, visit http://dp.la/.
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