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Press: “The Digital Public Library of America”

“DPLA’s new initiative means libraries (public and academic) intend to continue to compete with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Google to be readers’ one-stop shopping place for ebooks and audiobooks.”

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Press: “Digital Natives Want It Now? – Never Gonna’ Happen!”

From Steve Matthew: “On May 31, I Posted Digital Natives Want It Now!, in which I linked to a YouTube video of a cute little digital native describing what she wanted in her library – NOW! I stated; Unfortunately, there won’t be a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in these Digital Natives’ youth.”

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Press: “Public questions for Digital Public Library of America Chair John Palfrey and other steering committee members: Doesn’t governance matter?”

Harvard Law Prof. John Palfrey, chair of the Digital Public Library of America, still has not, to my knowledge, released minutes from the organization’s June 13 steering committee meeting in Washington—closed to the public.

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Press: “Five ways the DPLA can fix itself—while reshuffling the current crew, not banishing anyone”

From David Rothman: “Imagine—closed steering committee meetings of the so-called public library group, just like the Porcellian Club.”

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Press: “Flaws of Harvard-hosted Digital ‘Public’ Library of America: Too secretive, too oligarchical and not responsive enough to U.S. library needs—especially for modern e-books”

From David Rothman: “The so-called Digital ‘Public’ Library of America has refused to live up to the P word.”

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Press: “Update on the Digital Public Library of America”

“The dream of a national digital public library is inching closer to the planning stage. The Berkman Center at Harvard University convened a large and diverse group of stakeholders to define the scope, architecture, costs, and administration for a proposed Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).”

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Press: “The $50 e-book-capable tablet: When will the Harvard-hosted DPLA and friends care about hardware-related digital divide issues?”

“The right gizmos could help bring library e-books and other media to America’s poor and our cash-strapped middle class.”

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Press: “On behalf of the Merely Curious”

From Sandy Thatcher: “I’m terribly interested to see what will come out of the DPLA’s beta sprint and I was heartened by Char Booth’s excellent interview about the Hathi Trust.”

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Press: “Why the DPLA should avoid confusing the missions of public and academic libraries: Thoughts from an academic publishing veteran”

From Sandy Thatcher: “Just two quick observations on the continuing debate by David Rothman et al. about whether and how the Digital Public Library of America should serve the interests of both academic and public libraries, and how their roles in serving their patrons differ.”

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Press: “Who needs ‘social worker’ librarians? Just ‘type into the search box’? Something for the DPLA to consider June 13 in the P controversy?”

From David Rothman: “Americans urgently need home access to a wealth of e-books, databases and other goodies since many people cannot conveniently visit neighborhood libraries in person, and I love the idea of a national reference service available by phone and the Web, but let’s not do away with the warm, fuzzy, in-person kind of reference help—a danger that will grow if the DPLA insists on branding itself as a ‘Public’ Library despite the risk of library enemies using this as ammunition. “

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