The Digital Public Library of America initiative has created a lively debate on the DPLA’s discussion listserv about how any such institution should be constituted. David H. Rothman, cofounder of and founder of TeleRead, has been advocating for well-stocked national digital libraries for many years and is an active participant on the listserv.

John Palfrey, the vice dean for library and information resources at Harvard Law School and the co-director of the Berkman Center, says that now is the time for the library community to act in a unified way and not build fences.

This duo explains and defends their viewpoints in the full article. This is an interesting read and worth anyone’s time who has interest in digitized libraries.

Library Journal brought this topic to our attention in their article, “A Point-Counterpoint on the Digital Public Library of America.”

Melody K. Smith

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