Pessimism about government funding, mild optimism about limited internet funding

It’s makes sense that a National Digital Library has been slow to develop in the United States, because we have never had an analog National Library. While the Library of Congress acts in many ways as the de facto National Library of the United States, its primary responsibility as its name implies is toward the members of the United States Congress. Honestly I am not particularly optimistic that any branch of government is going step up to the plate to implement programs such as sending DPLA librarians to different parts of the country to help develop collections. The Federal Government is a climate of austerity and cutbacks. States such as Michigan have shut down public libraries when state librarians have refused concede to funding cutbacks. One unconventional funding option could be that specific DPLA projects could be funded via Kickstarer. Obviously the DPLA itself can’t be funded entirely in this fashion, but for certain projects involving materials of public interest a Kickstar campaign could be a way to raise funds. If the Kickstarer campaign is well executed and successful then the visibility of the DPLA and its resources will be increased.

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