Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » Curation Corps 2016: Help Us Continue Growing Open eBooks
"Two weeks ago we were thrilled to join The New York Public Library, First Book, and Baker & Taylor in announcing the launch of Open eBooks, an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from low-income households. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps. You may be wondering: what was DPLA’s role in all of this? It was our national network of librarians and cultural heritage organizations who helped to coordinate books for inclusion in Open eBooks. In summer 2015, we issued a call for interested librarians and school media specialists to apply for the opportunity to be a part of the inaugural Curation Corps. We evaluated over 140 compelling applications from across the country and selected nine passionate individuals who represent a broad range of expertise and a commitment to serving low-income and diverse populations. The DPLA Curation Corps applied their knowledge and professional skills to shape a compelling collection that is diverse, exciting, and age-appropriate so that every child has a book to read and enjoy ..."