Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Harvard Announces Digital Public Library Initiative

Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society announced yesterday that they will "host a research and planning initiative for a 'Digital Public Library of America.' With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Berkman will convene a large and diverse group of stakeholders in a planning program to define the scope, architecture, costs and administration for a proposed Digital Public Library of America."

More from the release: "Planning activities will be guided by a Steering Committee of library and foundation leaders, which promises to announce a full slate of activities in early 2011. The Committee plans to bring together representatives from the educational community, public and research libraries, cultural organizations, state and local government, publishers, authors, and private industry in a series of meetings and workshops to examine strategies for improving public access to comprehensive online resources."

Archivist of the United States David Ferriero has offered to host an opening plenary session in early summer 2011.

For the list of steering committee members, see the press release.