We’re about the need for a well-stocked national digital library system for all Americans—not just the elite or those in big cities.
This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, given all the benefits for K-12 students and others. None other the late William F. Buckley Jr., the conservative columnist, advocated such a system. And while not explicitly talking about a library, President Obama mentioned broadband and digital textbooks in his State of the Union address.
How can we improve our schools if some science textbooks are a decade or two old, and shouldn’t our workforce have access to the best training materials, whether books or multimedia? And what about reading as recreation—itself a worthwhile activity, especially for the young or for older people who want to keep their minds active?
Care to contribute a related essay? Whatever is on your mind and whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, librarian or nonlibrarian, farmer or academic, we’d love to hear from you. Educate policymakers and the media via LibraryCity.org, on the need for a well-stocked national digital library system for the entire country, point here from your site, and follow us on Twitter! Court Merrigan, a writer and parent in Eastern Wyoming, recently wrote for us on the benefits for online learning in rural areas.
(Update of earlier posting.)
- Any first-rate Mongolian translators—for my Chronicle essay on the digital library issue?
- Wanted: Your essays
- E-books catching on in K-12—plus the rejection of the Google Book settlement: Two good reasons for a well-stocked national digital library system
- For ALL—rural and urban, rich and poor
- Books vs. movies and other streamed media: Which should be first priority at Library of Congress?