In 1731, our most ingenious, and frugal, Founding Father – Benjamin Franklin – had a stroke of genius: a circulation library. Since everyone loves a good book, yet since few can afford one, why, he wondered, not share books? And why not establish a central repository where they could reside? We can, I think, apply that same philosophy to the modern needs of our federal government – just as he might, but with a few twists ...more »
I know this sounds pretty pie-in-the-sky, but think of all the benefits if all government legal libraries were converted from paper to digital. Each attorney could be given a e-reader device, allowing them to have a totally portable, up-to-the-minute law library at their fingertips. It is also my understanding that these devices allow for tabbing, highlighting, and the addition of notes -- just like using a hard-copy ...more »
I suggest you provide virtual on-line public libraries. Providing virtual public libraries would allow more people access to public libraries. Books could be checked out on line, and there will be no fees or charges for people checking books back in. This would save transportation costs to people traveling to and from libraries and allow greater access to people who work and do not have time to visit a public library ...more »
Consolidate subscriptions for journals and databases still providing the access customers need to perform their jobs. This should be investigated across the federal government including DOD and national libraries. Excellent customer services from the vendors is essential as well as excellent IT support from with the federal government.
Each region of each agency should have the computer equipment available to establish a centralized library for electronic documents. If any document contains sensitive information, then access should be restricted to that section of the library to those who need access. We are spending hundreds of dollars for new shelving systems and floor space to accomodate hard copies of documents that were printed from an electronic ...more »
At the Pentagon, there is the Pentagon Library that provides products and services. One of the services is providing Pentagon and NCR staff access to databases. I've also discovered that there are pockets even within WHS that are also providing access to databases, therefore paying for multiple licenses/subscriptions. My recommendation is to have all database resources be generated from the Pentagon Library eliminating ...more »