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Digital Library of Tennessee Committee (formerly Volunteer Voices)



The Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) succeeds because of the collaboration between the committee and its many partners. The following repositories have successfully contributed their digital cultural heritage content to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) by partnering with the DLTN.


Participation is limited to institutions and repositories that have a digital repository of cultural heritage materials accessible through the Open Archives Initiative-Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The University of Tennessee in collaboration with Tenn-Share will provide guidance in harvesting and aggregating metadata for inclusion in DPLA. Partner repositories must provide an OAI-PMH base URL to harvest and aggregate cultural heritage materials. The DLTN will only harvest and aggregate digital objects that are clearly in the public domain, or for which permission from the current rights holder has been granted. It is the responsibility of the partner repository to determine whether or not materials are still under copyright protection and to seek any necessary permissions.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries is responsible for harvesting and aggregating metadata records and image thumbnails from participating institutions. While there is no charge for these services, there is a limit on how much work the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries can provide to any single institution. Nonetheless, the Libraries will transform partner institution Dublin Core records to OAI-MODS and provide metadata remediation, mapping information, and suggestions to partner institutions for metadata enhancement.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives, as a participating content provider to DLTN, will also provide outreach across the state, particularly to small and mid-sized institutions. This outreach will include community building and DLTN advocacy, training, and metadata workshops, and support for grassroots digitization projects in an effort to empower Tennessee organizations to participate in a sustainable statewide digital library.

Become a Partner!

If you are interested in contributing your repository's digital cultural heritage resources to DPLA, please complete our New Partner Repository Ingest Form.


If you have questions or feedback, view our FAQ or email committee co-chairs Suzanne Bonefas and Mark Baggett. To receive updates and communicate with the DLTN committee and partners, join our Google Group.