National Digital Library

October 2010

This small workshop, closed to the press and the public, explored the issues raised by the prospect of a National Digital Library and the possibilities of creating one. Although it was organized by the Harvard University Library and the Radcliffe Institute, the workshop was not meant to launch a Harvard-sponsored project; Harvard merely served as a host for an important debate. Many projects of this sort have existed, going back at least to the origins of the Digital Library Federation in 1995. The workshop profited from past experience in order to see whether some concrete measures might be taken in the near future. But first the participants needed to determine whether there was any consensus about the kind of library that would be desirable and the general strategy for creating it. 

Learn about what progress has been made toward the Digital Public Library of America since the seminar took place.  An extensive article from The Atlantic tells the story.