Menu

YES WE SCAN: John Podesta Calls on President Obama to Create a Digital Library of Congress

  • Written by Press Release
  • Category: Latest National News

Washington, D.C.--(ENEWSPF)--January 10, 2012. Today, locked in the basement of government entities like the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the National Library of Medicine, are untold reams of valuable and important public information. To truly unlock the power of the Internet, we need to make these important materials freely available online.

In response to the inadequacies of current efforts to digitize federal holdings, CAP Chairman John Podesta and Internet pioneer Carl Malmud recently wrote President Barack Obama asking him to appoint a commission to create a digital Library of Congress:

When Thomas Jefferson donated his books to create the cornerstone of the Library of Congress, his library contained a wealth of useful information, from an extensive collection on the law to books on agriculture, chemistry, surgery, and medicine. With this contribution, Jefferson saw to it that the government of the United States would play a central role in the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

It is time now for us to lay the cornerstone for our own era, to anchor our digital age with the vast holdings of our government so that we may promote the useful arts and the progress of science. We ask your help to achieve this 21st century dream, making the vast resources of our federal government available to all on the global Internet, making access to knowledge a right for all Americans and a defining contribution for our future.

The Center for American Progress has also submitted a petition through the White House website encouraging the administration to formulate a national digitization strategy. Visit the Yes We Scan website to learn more.

Source: americanprogress.org

Park Forest Clubs and Organizations

Please Note: eNews Park Forest, Inc. is an independent media company and is not affiliated with the Village of Park Forest in any way.

Historical Society
Park Forest Historical Society

Health Department

Nurses Plus

Freedom Hall

Freedom Hall Nathan Manilow Theater

Tall Grass

Tall Grass Arts Association

Kiwanis

Kiwanis of Park Forest

Nurses Club

Park Forest Nurses Club

Baseball

Park Forest Baseball