A national digital public library system shouldn’t just have to buy content. What about the wealth of texts, images and videos found in the files of nonprofit groups? Is there a way for interested groups to use libraries to distribute these goodies in a systematic way—for both free use by nonprofits and paid commercial use?
A few takeaway quotes:
- “It would, he claims, stimulate the creative economy, drive digital literacy and maximise public value.”
- Tom Loosemore, a former colleague at the BBC, is quoted, “It will only happen if the government wants to do it. The BBC is the only organisation that could propose that idea.”
- “Digital Public Space will need to be largely self-funded, says Ageh, by aggregating and sharing existing technologies and tools….”
- National Digital Public Library conference: A little progress toward a two-system approach—to help both public and academic libraries?
- In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?
- National digital libraries should be for ALL, says Europeana executive director—not just academics
- ‘The most urgent digital library needs are those of Lady Gaga and the Kardashians’
- Thumbs up on the DPLA beta sprint, just so the group will also open up in other ways, ASAP, such as public meetings of the Steering Committee