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ALA’s gripes to publishers dance around the e-library world’s Problem #1—not enough money for e-books
September 25, 2012 | 6:48 am

imageI’m still borrowing e-books from public libraries. I loved the digital edition of the late Louis Auchincloss’s memoirs that popped up when I was browsing the electronic stacks of a library system near me here in Northern Virginia. Public libraries at their best can be Serendipity Central. But I rely much less these days on library books than before. Too often, some major e-books are AWOL from library collections or, as documented earlier this year by the Washington Post, have long waiting lists. So I turn to Amazon, the public domain or Creative Commons titles instead. Have I lost my enthusiasm for a well-stocked national digital library system, or, to...

Two websites illustrate the need for separate national digital library systems—public and academic
August 12, 2012 | 11:24 pm

Two good websites on learning disabilities show the need for separate but tightly intertwined national digital library systems. One system public, one academic. Neither site is a library’s. Friends of Quinn is a grassroots nonprofit featuring Quinn Bradlee, son of Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee—the legendary society columnist and the Watergate editor. LD OnLine is from WETA, a public broadcasting station in the Washington, D.C., area. Friends is livelier and folksier. It’s a “must” starting point for any library patron eager to find out about a child’s learning disability or maybe her own. LD OnLine is stodgier but more comprehensive, and many academics would favor it over Friends. Viva la difference! In...

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, copyright
June 10, 2012 | 8:49 pm

On MIT’s Technology Review, Nicholas Carr takes an in-depth look at the creation of the Digital Public Library of America, an attempt at a non-commercial universal electronic library (which I also mentioned last month) that hopes to provide universal access to as much of human knowledge as it can. Carr first looks at Google’s attempt to create Google Book Search, and the negotiated settlement that was thrown out as too overreaching. Though Google is moving ahead with its legal defense, the search market has shifted toward social networking meaning that a book search might not be as attractive to Google...

“Many Libraries: As the world’s books go online, we must resist centralization” Technology Review, published by MIT
May 14, 2012 | 9:17 am

Download From the Internet Archive blog: The Internet has put universal access to knowledge within our grasp. Now we need to put all of the world’s literature online. This is easier to do than it might seem, if we resist the impulse to centralize and build only a few monolithic libraries. Centralization can lead to price controls, censorship without due process, lack of reader privacy, and resistance to innovators. We need lots of publishers, booksellers, authors, and readers—and lots of libraries. If many actors work together, we can have a robust, distributed publishing and library system, possibly resembling the World Wide Web. The courts...

Digital Public Library of America faces challenges, but is off to promising start
May 10, 2012 | 12:16 am

Ars Technica has a report on the Digital Public Library of America West conference from April 27th that seems to be a bit more informative than the Publishers Weekly summary we linked a week ago. Ars’s Megan Geuss reports on the challenge facing the organization, and some of the ideas presented at the event. The DPLA does have a tricky task ahead of it: The organization must be a bank of documents, and a vast sea of metadata; an advocate for the people, and a partner with publishing houses; a way to make location irrelevant to...

OverDrive buyout proposal makes LibraryJournal.com: ‘Not such a crazy idea,’ says DPLA’s John Palfrey
May 9, 2012 | 9:08 am

LJoverdrive1 Although I’m still gung ho about the Digital Public Library of America, I retain some of the concerns arising in a recent MIT Technology Review article. For example, how can we  reconcile the DPLA’s various goals and serve academic and public library patrons, whose needs and interests may differ sharply? One strategy would be for public libraries, or a related nonprofit, maybe even the DPLA or a successor, to be able to buy the OverDrive distribution service, which reaches ‘more than 15,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide.’ Talk up the idea well—always easier to do when a service and urgent needs already exist,...

Report on west coast Digital Public Library of America meeting
May 1, 2012 | 10:55 am

Dpla From Publishers Weekly.  More in the article: On April 27, DPLA West brought together over 400 librarians, technologists, public policy advocates, and a very small number of publishers at the Internet Archive in San Francisco to discuss the progress of the most visible effort yet to forge a common digital library for both Americans and the world: the nascent Digital Public Library of America. The best thing about the meeting, the second major public gathering of the DPLA, was that it was full of hope and aspirations. Of course, that was also the worst thing about the DPLA meeting, too. Born of...

Why a bestselling writer would be an excellent addition to the Digital Public Library of America
April 4, 2012 | 9:30 am

imageWhy a bestselling writer would be an excellent addition to the steering committee of the Harvard-hosted Digital Public Library of America: " Like it or not, a lot more public library patrons care about bestsellers and other commercial books than about academic works. Frustratingly, the Harvard-hosted Digital Public Library of America has no commercial writer or other nonacademic content provider on its 17-member steering committee. Nick Taylor, a prominent member of the Authors Guild, is wondering about writerly participation, and I don’t blame him. I raised a similar question in a Baltimore Sun article. Granted, writers can be overzealous in trying to protect...

Robert Darnton promises digital public library by 2013
April 3, 2012 | 11:05 am

Images From an article in Publishers Weekly: Scholar and Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton vowed that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit, nationwide effort to digitize and offer access to millions of free, digitized books and special collections would launch by April of 2013. “I make this promise to you,” Darnton said at the close of his talk, entitled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books": “We will get this done.” ... As for the DPLA, Darnton said the steering committee was wrestling with the issues of getting the project going, noting that copyright-related issues were the biggest challenge. The DPLA must...

How Library Renewal and the DPLA could cooperate toward two good national digital library systems—public and private
March 19, 2012 | 8:05 am

image  Been there. Done that. Some years ago I cofounded a noncommercial startup called LibraryCity—the same name as this Web site—to try to get millions of books online. We ran into a little complication: Google’s book side blew us away. LibraryCity did prod the International Digital Publishing Forum into getting serious about e-book standards, by way of ePub. But as small-fry, not wired into the worlds of the super-rich, big business, foundations, and national politics, we lacked the clout to promulgate our own standards and build the digital library. Now another grassroots startup, Library Renewal, led by Michael “Library Man” Porter, wants to...

Apple e-textbook tools to jack up education and hardware costs ultimately?
January 19, 2012 | 3:42 pm

While the Digital Public Library of America has been fixated on arcane library-and-museum concerns, Apple is unveiling an e-format that might lock in millions of teachers and students in the U.S. and elsewhere Very possibly the new multimedia book product may ultimately jack up costs in K-12 and elsewhere. The new format will let students rotate and explore 3D objects, among other features. That’s good. But via hardware-related exclusives, Apple for now is locking up the new related to the hilt, playing up the ease of authoring for the format. Probable result? Higher hardware prices for schools, students, businesses and consumers than otherwise,...

Tips for using e-readers in kids’ book clubs: Attn. parents, libraries and schools!
December 19, 2011 | 11:30 am

image  In my series on e-books for family literacy, I’ve emphasized the glories of human contact—as opposed to parents simply using e-books as babysitters. Here’s a somewhat related example of the possibilities of E. In-person book clubs for kids. Recording a promotional YouTube for Sony, author Lori Gottlieb offered generic tips such as the need to round up kids with similar interests and then focus on those topics in the club. But she also threw in some e-book specific idea such as use of the built-in dictionaries and annotation tools. I can see young students using paper equivalents, too, if they prefer—choices...

Sloan Foundation and Arcadia Fund announce funding for the Digital Public Library of America
October 24, 2011 | 10:45 am

DPLA white square 1 From the press release: The Sloan Foundation and Arcadia Fund today announced a major contribution for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in the form of combined $5 million in funding. The DPLA Steering Committee is leading the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all. Doron Weber, Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Peter Baldwin, Chair of the Donor Board at the Arcadia Fund, made the announcement at the DPLA plenary meeting today in...

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana to collaborate
October 24, 2011 | 10:38 am

Europeana logo en From DigitalKoans: The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana have agreed to collaborate to make their systems interoperable, to share source code, and to engage in cooperative collection building. Here's an excerpt from the press release: Robert Darnton, a DPLA Steering Committee member and University Librarian at Harvard, said, "The association between the DPLA and Europeana means that users everywhere will eventually have access to the combined riches of the two systems at a single click. The aggregated databases will include many millions of books, pamphlets, newspapers, manuscripts, images, recordings, videos, and other materials in many...

Digital Public Library of America “Beta Sprint” review panel announces results
September 30, 2011 | 9:50 am

DPLAweb white square From a DPLA Announcement: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee* has invited the creators of the following submissions to the DPLA Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA might operate, to present at the public plenary meetingtaking place on October 21, 2011 in Washington, DC: Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections The Digital Collaboration demonstrates the ability of three disparate, major national institutions to work together through one unified search tool. Submitted by the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.   DLF/DCC: DPLA Beta Sprint The DLF/DCC Beta...

A Digital Public Library of America 2011 Conference
September 13, 2011 | 8:58 am

From the Unabashed Librarian: A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions The Fourth Annual International Conference Sponsored by: ILIAC (International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.), The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, and The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the 'how I run my library good'SM letter [also Conference Organizer and Manager] Place: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, 420 West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, New York City. Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 8:00AM - 4:00PM [ Register HERE ] 1. The Speakers: Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University...

Digital Public Library of America announces “Beta Sprint”
August 18, 2011 | 9:45 am

Screen Shot 2011 08 18 at 9 44 23 AM From the press release: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee is delighted to announce today a Beta Sprint that aims to surface innovations that could play a part in the building of a digital public library. The Beta Sprint seeks ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc. – put forth as a written statement, a visual display, code, or a combination of forms – that demonstrate how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content. The Beta Sprint also encourages development of submissions that suggest...

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