Exactly! And we hope you’ll share your own thoughts on how the digital library system could fit in with the existing library world while benefiting the public. If nothing else, in the long term, the online system could mean that a higher percentage of library spending in the U.S. would go for books, other content, and highly trained librarians.
Also, Gary suggests that we keep pointing to other writings on the digital library issue. Happy to oblige. Send URLs!
Detail: We intended to put out a news release and tweet about LibraryCity after guiding this site out of beta. But via an email list, the sharp-eyed Gary noticed a reference to a post we planned to make at librarycity.org about cloud computing (on the way in a day or two). He asked for permission to do an item; and that concluded our beta period. Oh, the power of information!
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- How e-books and a national digital library system could boost student achievement
- Beware of witty librarians with videocams: Oklahoma libs vs. wear-and-tear excuse for HarperCollins’s 26-checkout limit on e-books
- ‘Libraries make no sense in the future,’ says Mike Shatzkin of Idea Logical Company, a well-known publishing consultant