Imagine the world’s largest collection of media—books, magazines, works of art—all accessible to you at the click of a mouse. Not Google Books-- a project that had to navigate copyright law, and in the process became a commercial library. Instead, the Digital Public Library of America goes online today. Its mission is to make all the collections of all libraries accessible to everyone, everywhere; you only need an internet connection.
The Digital Public Library of America’s Director for Content Emily Gore discusses this ambitious project of knowledge sharing, and the legal obstacles it faces.