Author Archive

March 28, 2011

Press: “‘Newport Beach may close Balboa branch, open ‘electronic’ library’: Many are shunning books. How to restore their popularity—and protect the public library model?”

From David Rothman: “As we keep saying, the DPLA either needs to drop the ‘Public’ from its name and focus on scholarly content and other highbrow materials; or else it needs to team up with an institution like the Library of Congress on a genuine full-service public system with appropriate public and private funding sources, governance, and priorities, including tight integration with local libraries and schools in Newport Beach and elsewhere.”

March 26, 2011

Press: “Warp and woof”

From Tom Peters: “I agree with most of the opinions Darnton expresses, such as his call for a noncommercial effort that is passionate about serving the public good. His vision for the DPLA, however, seems to be lacking some key components of a true national digital public library for the U.S.”

March 26, 2011

Press: “DPLA vs. real public libraries? New camels’ noses under the tent? ‘Concept note’ goes beyond ‘digital’”

From David Rothman: “The Digital Public Library of America is out with a new ‘concept note,’ and, alas, our DPLA friends still don’t grasp the franchise and branding issues of genuine public libraries—cash-strapped and already having their roles chipped away by Amazon, Google, and others.”

March 25, 2011

Press: “Ann Arbor Library Frames Tech Issues: eBooks cited as challenge for future of public libraries”

“The topic stemmed from a report by AADL director Josie Parker, who described her experience at a recent working group meeting for the Digital Public Library of America. At that invitation-only event, Parker framed the discussion among industry leaders regarding the future of public access to information, from the perspective of public libraries.”

March 22, 2011

Press: “The Voices of Librarians and the DPLA”

“The first workshop, which considered the material to be included in the DPLA and how it should conform to the needs of users, took place at Harvard on March 1. That is when public librarians began to set a new tone to the general debate.”

March 22, 2011

Press: “DPLA still clinging to ‘Public’ in name—despite risks to the franchise and branding of America’s public libraries”

From David Rothman: “An excellent first step would be to drop ‘Public’ from its name—at the very next Steering Committee Meeting, ideally—so the DPLA does not unwittingly weaken the franchise and branding of existing public libraries.”

March 15, 2011

Press: “A national digital library system for George Roper in McAllen, Texas, please–not just the American elite—and don’t write off conservatives”

From David Rothman: “‘So,’ in effect argue some supporters of the Digital Public Library of America, the promising library initiative hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center, ‘why can’t the DPLA actually be the public library system online? We’ll never get a good one otherwise.’ I disagree.”

March 14, 2011

Press: “An Interview with Robert Darnton on the Digital Public Library of America”

In the two videos embedded here Darnton also considers what this proposed library would mean for scholars in the humanities and history in particular.

March 11, 2011

Press: “Imagining a Digital Public Library of America: A Q&A with Berkman Center fellow Maura Marx”

“Last December, the Sloan Foundation funded an initiative to study this proposal in earnest, and the Digital Public Library of America committee began meeting at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.”

March 8, 2011

Press: “A Digital Public Library of America”

Robert Darnton has championed the concept of a national digital public library through a series of galvanizing essays in The New York Review of Books.

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