What are the two or three most interesting issues or questions that should be confronted in this research track
Should the DPLA initiative drop "Public" from its name?
Should the Digital Public Library of America initiative drop "Public" from its name--to reduce the risks of its preempting the establishment of a universal national digital library system with public governance and with funding, content, and services from both the public and and private sectors?
Should the now-DPLA allow direct public access to resources but actually have something else as its main goal? The "something" would be the integration of the project's content and services into a library system existing within the Library of Congress but governed and run by a system of local, state, federal, and academic libraries, with participation from appropriate special collections as well. Is it possible this approach would allow tighter integration with K-12 and public libraries and better responsiveness to library users needs and more economies of scale?
Might such an approach promote student achievement and also facilitate cost-justification techniques such as federal, state, and local governments encouragement of the use of the same hardware not just for library and nonlibrary content but also for such purposes as reduction of paperwork burdens in areas ranging from tax forms to medical paperwork? By one Harvard study released in 1999, America is spending several hundred billion dollars just on healthcare-related paperwork, an amount likely to be even higher today; so even a slight indirect reduction could help cost-justify the national digital library system and make it more attractive to such constituencies as the small business community and others normally opposed to new government programs. Please see the LibraryCity site with writings from TheAtlantic.com and elsewhere. Helpfully, as this entry is being made, some parts of the Wiki use "Digital Library of America" without the "Public." Usage without "Public" could be official--with the Digital Library of America expressly specifying that the organization would allow direct public access to content and services, that the omission was simply to avoid preemption of genuinely public efforts.