E-lending and Public Policy by Peter Brantley & Materials from National Digital Public Library Conference
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
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.