national digital libraries

Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if top policymakers were better informed? Consider the masterful con job that Amazon performed on reporters by equating Amazon sales figures with how [...]

National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and libraries (Library Journal). Education Week has published a 1,300-word essay with a home-page link. Also [...]

Should public libraries give away e-book-friendly tablets to poor people? $38 tablet hints of possibilities

By David Rothman
January 10, 2014 // 4 Comments

Young people love suitable paper books, ideally new, that they can own. Could the same idea work for econo-tablets that public libraries gave away to low-income families—with a big, fat, e-book-related icon smack in the middle of the home screens? Yes! Don’t just hand out gizmos, though. [...]

The most urgent digital library needs are those of Lady Gaga and the Kardashians

By libertyc
December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

Just a dream. But what if I really could write the headline above—and not as a joke? Would more Americans, inside and outside the media, care more than they do now about the Hispanics, African-Americans and poor people mentioned in LibraryCity’s latest digital library commentary? Of course, as [...]

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America

By libertyc
October 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

What kind of national digital library system—or systems, plural—should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America [...]

Need Library E-Books to Feed Your New Gadget? Here's the Answer

By libertyc
January 1, 2013 // 10 Comments

If you can’t find the right library e-books for your new Kindle, Nook, iPad or other gizmo, you’re not alone. More than 100 patrons of the District of Columbia Public Library were lined up electronically today for 10 e-book copies of The Racketeer, John Grisham’s new novel about the murder [...]

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