Frances Abbott F'13

Frances  Abbott
Curation and Education Strategist
Digital Public Library of America
last updated: 7/17/2019

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows 2013
Project Manager
History and Digital Humanities
Digital Public Library of America
Appointed as Project Manager, Digital Public Library of America
PhD, American Studies, Emory University

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an ambitious project to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. By adhering to the fundamental principle of free and universal access to knowledge, it will promote education in the broadest sense of the term. That is, it will function as an online library for students of all ages, from grades K-12 to postdoctoral researchers and anyone seeking self-instruction; it will be a deep resource for community colleges, vocational schools, colleges and universities; it will supplement the services of public libraries in every corner of the country; and it will satisfy other needs as well—the need for data related to employment, for practical information of all kinds, and for enrichment in the use of leisure. The Project Manager position provides an opportunity to play an important role in the development of our national digital library by working with DPLA staff and collaborators throughout the country. The Project Manager will work with DPLA's Hubs Project to strengthen and connect existing state infrastructure to create a system of Service Hubs from which aggregated data from libraries, museums, historical societies and archives are harvested.