Linking job creation, access to our nation’s cultural and scientific resources, and the value of making public domain resources broadly available, ARL calls upon the incoming Obama administration to engage in a large-scale initiative to digitize public domain collections. The ARL policy statement notes that, “deepening our understanding of our Nation and its culture and history, advancing scientific discovery, tackling environmental, economic issues and more, all depend on scientists, researchers, students, scholars, and members of the public accessing our Nation’s cultural, historical and scientific assets.
A large-scale initiative to digitize and preserve the public domain collections of library, governmental, and cultural memory organizations will support research, teaching and learning at all levels, will help stem the current economic crisis by equipping and employing workers in every state with 21st Century skills, and it will lay a foundation for innovation and national competitiveness in the decades ahead.
The goal is to establish a universal, open library or a digital data commons.” The statement is available online http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/ibopenlibpsa2.pdf.
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