The Digital Public Library of America launched yesterday. It is just what the name implies and more. In the end it will provide free public access to digitalized library resources across the nation and ultimately, the world. What a wonderful collaboration of knowledge. I can’t think of a more democratic use of technology. I found the following quote in a Historical Blog I follow “The Junto.”

In a famous letter of 1813, Thomas Jefferson compared the spread of ideas to the way people light one candle from another: “He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lites his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”

Imagine walking through a museum or historical site and being able to use an app on your smart phone to access the portal and pull up supporting details about what you are looking at as you progress on your tour.  Or walking Gettysburg and pulling up pictures and descriptions that enhance the experience.

And this is just the beginning like when email first started. I remember marveling at the ability to attach files and send them to others, it changed my business protocols overnight