The top librarian in the land should be a librarian, advocate for all library communities, and make sure the library reflects the diversity of the population.
We should be a leader in best practices, good interfaces, and modeling enthusiastic content sharing. The World Digital Library is good, but it's just a start.
The people paid for it, they should get to read it. Make CRS reports open, indexed and accessible.
Advocating for Open Science, Open Humanities & Open Data generally would be a big step towards sharing scientific content as widely as possible. Share your catalog data.
Optimize friendly powerful searching that works well for pros and novices across all LoC content. Model best practices in Search.
Build accessible and engaging design into every user and staff-facing technological interface. We're partway there.
DPLA stepped up when no one else would and have rolled out an impressive project on a shoestring budget. They did it because LoC didn't. It's time to combine forces and make something great.
It's difficult to be such a longstanding institution with many different mandates to preserve and share the intellectual content of this complex nation. However the LoC should consider moving on from being just a federal library supporting Congress and the Copyright office and treasured historical artifacts, and becoming part of the national conversation on preservation and access of all countries' cultural heritage.
It's nitpicking, but the Library of Congress is the de facto national library but not the legally mandated national library. It's worth understanding the difference.