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Access and the Public Domain (Fordham IP Talk) (by Randy Picker)

Highlights several extremely compelling issues for libraries, and shows why providing truly public access (i.e. free from technical or contractual limitations) to the public domain may be a powerful new mission for libraries in the digital age. Also makes me much more excited about the DPLA.

The key insight is that while a strong digital public library needs to have high-quality, current knowledge resources, it doesn’t need to have all such resources, or even the most popular or commercially successful ones.

John Mark Ockerbloom of UPenn’s digital library, suggesting an attainable, demand-driven model for building a digital public library.