Thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation in 2021, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and LYRASIS have teamed up to develop and implement the Palace Project with the goal of “supporting public libraries in their mission to provide equitable access to digital content, while restoring the direct relationship between library and patron.” This session will describe the Palace Project in detail as well as the Washington State Library’s involvement and strategic objectives around the project.
Mike Buschman is the Library Development Manager for the Washington State Library. More than 20 years ago, as the Collections Manager for the Microsoft Library, Mike led the adoption and usage of ebooks within Microsoft, and Microsoft became Overdrive’s first corporate customer. Later Mike was a program manager for the Microsoft Book Search product and managed the effort to mass-digitize books in libraries including the University of California, the University of Toronto, and the British Library, as well as book digitization for commercial publishers. Mike was the original product manager of ProQuest’s Summon Discovery Service before co-founding Plum Analytics, a company that measures the impact and reach of scholarly research, which is now part of Elsevier.