As the Public Library Association prepares to meet March 13-17, I’d hope that LibraryCity’s Baltimore Sun commentary would be of interest to him. Same for other articles appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere. Here’s the start of the Sun article:
My sister, the retired fourth-grade teacher, has finally succumbed; Dorothy reads faster by enlarging the words on her tablet. And my wife favors e-books when she stretches out in bed. Clearly, the time has come for a well-stocked national digital library system, not to replace brick-and-mortar libraries but to augment them.
In the 1990s, William F. Buckley Jr. — my political opposite — wrote two columns supporting my basic vision. He even recommended it to Newt Gingrich. But years later, we still lack a coherent national e-library strategy. (As of 2 p.m. Friday, 236 patrons of Maryland’s Digital eLibary Consortium were waiting for 33 copies of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel. In this case, because of legal restrictions and related technical precautions, a digital copy is just like a paper copy — only one library patron can read it at a time.) […]
I’m still as gung ho as ever about the potential of the Digital Public Library of America and hope that the Sun commentary will help nudge the DPLA in the right direction and also encourage the White House to care more about the digital library issue. The DPLA has its flaws but has made considerable progress since I first started writing about it. Check out the Wiki proposing an e-book reader that ideally would be Kindle-easy and at the same time offer advanced features for scholars.
- Related writings
- Beware of witty librarians with videocams: Oklahoma libs vs. wear-and-tear excuse for HarperCollins’s 26-checkout limit on e-books
- Later today at LibraryCity.org: The DPLA and the Five Laws of Library Science
- National Digital Public Library conference: A little progress toward a two-system approach—to help both public and academic libraries?
- AP’s Svensson mentions need for a national digital public library