DPLA Exchange And SimplyE, an Open Platform for E-Content Services, Helping Libraries Take Back Control of E-Content Delivery to Your Patrons


This session was presented at the CNI Fall 2017 Membership Meeting.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to be launching a pilot to support and test a new model for library-owned and library-centered ebook delivery. The emerging architecture is connected by the standard Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) protocol and includes three key components, (1) the new DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), a library-led marketplace in which participants can select and acquire popular titles as well as free public domain works and openly licensed works, (2) the Library Simplified Circulation Manager, a middleware solution that DPLA is now hosting for libraries as a service in partnership with LYRASIS that provides library staff an administrative panel to edit metadata, blend content from the DPLA Exchange and other sources, curate their e-collection and syndicate them in an OPDS feed to (3) SimplyE, the open source iOS and Android apps built and supported by the New York Public Library that serves econtent to users in three taps or less. Together these components, which, because of their interoperability are also interchangeable in that libraries could substitute another component for any piece they choose, offer flexibility and a complete library-owned stack to acquire, curate and serve e-content from a variety of licensed and open sources through a user experience they can choose and control to maximize discovery and access. This panel presentation and discussion will discuss how DPLA exchange and SimplyE are being deployed in the pilot, and how this platform is being considered in academic libraries for delivery of e-content. This work was made possible by a grant from the Sloan Foundation and many members of the DPLA community.


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