National Digital Library Endowment

Students vs. textbook gouges: How they’re coping—and how ‘bought’ our copyright system is

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

Mary Jarvis of Cornell University, a campus correspondent for USA Today, tells how college students are coping with outrageous textbook prices—sometimes with cameras or copying machines. I’m [...]

Book-starved Utah boy begs postman for junk mail to read: How to respond?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

A book-starved Utah boy who was so bored he begged the postman for junk mail. Instead mailman Ron Lynch asked his Facebook friends to donate books for young Mathew Flores. Scads of people from all [...]

In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?

By David Rothman
July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Currently, Omaha Public Libraries’ spending per capita is substantially below that of surrounding communities.” – Library Board of Trustees President Mike Meyer, as quoted by [...]

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 [...]

The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment

By David Rothman
January 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

President Obama wants expanded broadband, as indicated in his State of the Union address—a laudable goal. But what to use it for, beyond such purposes as, say, the faster downloading of [...]

National Digital Library Endowment plan makes New York Times of philanthropy

By David Rothman
June 9, 2014 // 2 Comments

"Civic-minded billionaires could get the endowment rolling with a goal of $10-billion to $20-billion for the first five years. The endowment could also help local libraries start Kickstarter-style campaigns through which local donors could send money to their favorite local library projects. The money raised would be crucial to improving school and public libraries---and the reading and math skills of America’s students. Much of the money could go to hire and train librarians, family literacy workers, and others, especially in the very poorest areas." [...]

Ebooks and public libraries vs. cruise ship subsidies in Miami-Dade

By libertyc
December 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Jessica Nunez and her family are just the kind of people who could benefit from well-financed physical libraries, paper books, the digital variety, loans of e-readers, and technical support along [...]

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 [...]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By libertyc
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year LibraryCity.org knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were [...]

How to get the most out of library ebooks via the right gadget, text to speech, and otherwise

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Want to hear text to speech from free library ebooks on your 50-mile commute? Even if you own an Android machine and the usual OverDrive app can’t do “read-aloud” unless audiobooks count? Also, [...]

On Jillian the Tiger Cub and the Power of the American Ego

By libertyc
May 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

Never underestimate the power and glory of the American ego. Granted, it can show its bizarre sides—for example, in the antics and hairdo of Donald Trump. And yet I see the good, too. We have [...]

A national digital library endowment: More details

By libertyc
March 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

LibraryCity inspired mentions on The Atlantic magazine’s website and elsewhere with a call for a national digital library endowment for the United States. Endowment funds would come entirely or [...]

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” [...]

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