Robert Darnton, author of the article “Can We Create a National Digital Library?“, (New York Review of Books, Oct 28th, 2010) is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library. His noted specialty is the history of books.
The Museum’s Department of Digital Initiatives strives to keep up with electronic publishing and digitization trends. While doing so we plan, as part of our ongoing website rebuild project, to increase online access to the museum’s holdings, an idea which, if we follow Darnton’s thinking, puts us in the company of Founding Fathers who wrote about access to knowledge as an essential condition for a flourishing republic. It’s great to have a big idea to get behind.