Update, April 18, 2013: The FAQ is here. Feedback still welcome!
Yes, I know: If you’re a typical librarian, for example, you’re busy enough with your regular work
But this is an invitation to those who can make the time, now or later—the FAQ can be a dynamic document. Here’s an example of the need for the endowment: Mississippi spent just $1.42 per capita on public library books and other content in fiscal year 2010. And the territory of Guam? Just 57 cents. A digital strategy would allow easier sharing of resources nationally.
A summary of the endowment plan appeared on the Atlantic’s site, and some library blogs are starting to take notice.
- Amazon’s book city #1 avoids cuts in library hours but still might reduce its library book budget—already below the U.S. per-capita average
- ‘The most urgent digital library needs are those of Lady Gaga and the Kardashians’
- National digital library endowment plan featured in Education Week
- In Warren Buffett’s own backyard: Underfunded Omaha libraries. National digital library endowment, anyone?
- The K-12 and economic cases for a national digital library endowment: An executive summary