“Can the nonprofit world create a national digital library to put America’s collective intellectual wealth within everyone’s reach? Robert Darnton, the historian who directs the Harvard University Library, has been one of the most public champions of the idea.
“This past weekend, Mr. Darnton convened a group of 42 top-level representatives from foundations, cultural institutions, and the library and scholarly worlds to talk about how to build that library. In a short statement, the group endorsed the idea of ‘a Digital Public Library of America,’ envisioning it as ‘an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources’ drawn from the country’s libraries, archives, museums, and universities.”
From Jennifer Howard’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “One Step Closer to a National Digital Library”