E-lending and Public Policy by Peter Brantley & Materials from National Digital Public Library Conference

Posted on November 16, 2011 by


Peter Brantey Writes On PublishersWeekly.com:

The NDPL is an IMLS, Sloan, and LA Library Foundation funded effort to concentrate attention on how public libraries can contribute to the creation of a national digital library system. There is a strong overlap in mission, goals, and personages with DPLA, but the intent here is to focus on public libraries. There’s no dedicated web site yet for the NDPL, but there is a wiki, and I can recommend the eloquent opening statement of Martin Gomez: “There is a library movement underway. The movement is not just local or national. The movement involves the development of a technology platform and a series of agreements and prototypes, all leading toward a vision that is very close to becoming a reality: a global digital library. ”

For the first time, I really do feel that there is a growing synergy among library efforts to reclaim space in the digital age. This is a hard battle because the defining focus of libraries – books – is pushed into an entirely different sphere by the digital transformation: a reliance on lending platforms versus distributed physical replication is the most obvious technical difference, but the policy and economic issues are at least as important.

Read Brantley’s Complete Blog Post

Conference Tweets and Research Reports

See Also: Tweets from the NDPL Conference (#NDPL)

See Also: Links, Presentations, and Other Materials via NDPL Message Board

Including: Links to Participants Digital Websites

See Also: The State of Digitization in Public Libraries

See Also: The Top 25 US Public Libraries’ Collective Collection as Represented in WorldCat

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