Digital Public Library of America

From The Digital Public Library, intended to provide free open access to materials from libraries, museums, universities and archives across the country, launches at noon ET on Thursday. The project began as an initiative at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, and was funded by foundations including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Robert Darnton, Harvard University librarian and history professor, in The New York Review of Books that “at first, the DPLA’s offering will be limited to a rich variety of collections — books, manuscripts, and works of art — that have already been digitized in cultural institutions throughout the country. Around this core it will grow, gradually accumulating material of all kinds until it will function as a national digital library.”

Visiting Philadelphia? You need to see this.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about the Rosenbach Museum & Library.  According the online article, the Rosenbach Museum & Library stands in the middle of a block of four-story 19th-century row houses shaded by towering sycamore, locust and maple trees and is the 1954 legacy of two bachelor brothers whose collections, especially the books, are nothing short of amazing.  To read the article click here.

I have only been to Philadelphia once and was just passing through, but if I go again, the Rosenbach Museum & Library will top my agenda!

An Expression of Thanks

Robert Krulwich of posted the most wonderful article about the phantom sculptor of Scotland.  The article includes a link to additional information.  Please don’t miss this story about a wonderful expression of thanks for the continuing existence of libraries, museums and books in Scotland.

The Patriot Act and Your Bookstore

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation barring the FBI from using the Patriot Act to search bookstore and library records unless they relate to a suspected terrorist or someone known to the suspect.  Now the bill, USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 (S. 193), moves to the Senate floor where it will be brought to a vote sometime before the end of May, when several provisions of the Patriot Act will expire. The Campaign for Reader Privacy–representing librarians, booksellers, authors and publishers–is urging its supporters to ask their senators to support S. 193.  The Booklover is also asking its readers to contact their senators and ask them to support S. 193!