National Digital Public Library

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 [...]

Obama speech and PTA-Amazon alliance validate LibraryCity’s K-12 priorities

By libertyc
June 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

K-12 led my list of priorities in the 1990s for a well-stocked national digital library system blended in with local schools and libraries. Along the way, I suggested that Washington nudge Silicon Valley to come up with affordable iPad-style devices with high-resolution color screens and [...]

Sad fate of ‘Five Laws’ book shows need for DPLA-related efforts to keep old masterpieces alive

By libertyc
April 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Oh, the irony! In The Five Laws of Library Science, S. R. Ranganathan argued in the 1930s for libraries as improvers of life for rich and poor alike. Now Google Books has digitized 30 million titles, but you won’t find Laws on the Web in its entirety from Google at any price. You’ll [...]

TeleRead founder David Rothman in The Atlantic

By Dan Eldridge
February 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

“Over the years I’ve often quoted David H. Rothman of Alexandria, Va., a pioneer in the entire field of electronic reading devices,” writes James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, in an article about U.S. infrastructure that was published earlier this morning [...]

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.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to [...]

Toward a Library-Publisher Complex for the digital era: Where the money is for both sides

By libertyc
January 6, 2013 // 6 Comments

I live in the Washington suburbs, where “Military-Industrial Complex” is more than just rhetoric in an Eisenhower speech from 1961. Just across 1-395 from me, here in Alexandria, Virginia, arise the twin towers of the $1+ billion Quarter Pentagon, featured in this Army Corps of Engineers [...]

Tell Dec. 6 DPLA hackfest what a good blog editor/creation tool should be like—to help libraries and patrons easily create their own stuff

By libertyc
December 6, 2012 // 1 Comment

If only WordPress, Drupal and the like were as easy to use as Windows Live Writer (screenshot) or at least the less cluttered versions of Microsoft Word! Inserting images and sizing and positioning them just right, for example, can be so much simpler with LW and Word. That’s [...]

Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries

By libertyc
December 2, 2012 // 5 Comments

In an even more wired future, what will be the needs of public libraries in the U.S. and elsewhere? Just what is the role of libraries if “a person can access much of the information in the world from a device”? How to bring about the right kind of “lasting changes”? The Bill and Melinda [...]

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