Have you heard about the DPLA Beta Sprint project? This is an initiative launched in Dec 2010 aimed at surfacing innovations that could play a part in shaping a digital public library. To find out more about the project , go visit the DPLA – Beta Sprint Blog and read their Concept Note document.
With a strong Steering Committee made up of many library and foundation leaders (including representatives from University of Michigan Library, Harvard University Library, Stanford University Library, University of Virginia, Boston Public Library, Library of Congress, IMLS, CLIR, Internet Archive, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Public.Resource.Org and Knowledge Commons, etc.), the committee plans to bring together representatives from the educational community, public and research libraries, cultural organizations, state and local government, publishers, authors, and private industry in a series of meetings and workshops to examine strategies for improving public access to comprehensive online resources. It’s aim is to “work together towards the creation of a Digital Public Library of America that is an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources drawing on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform and empower everyone in the current and future generations.”
Todate, some 60 participants have submitted their statement of interest in this project and you can view their interest areas in DPLA’s wiki page ==> Beta Sprint Statements of Interest.
Some participants have also started putting up their project entries and videos sharing their views, including projects and innovations that they are currently working on ==>Beta Sprint Wiki.
It is certainly one site that I would be keeping an eye on to see what American libraries are doing.