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Digital Public Library of America

Press: “‘Newport Beach may close Balboa branch, open ‘electronic’ library’: Many are shunning books. How to restore their popularity—and protect the public library model?”

“A public national digital library system could better help cities and rural areas cope with the paper-to-digital transition than could a less than adequate foundation-and-nonprofit-dominated effort. As we keep saying, the DPLA either needs to drop the ‘Public’ from its name and focus on scholarly content and other highbrow materials; or else it needs to team up with an institution like the Library of Congress on a genuine full-service public system with appropriate public and private funding sources, governance, and priorities, including tight integration with local libraries and schools in Newport Beach and elsewhere.”

From David Rothman’s post on, “‘Newport Beach may close Balboa branch, open ‘electronic’ library’…”