Chronicle.com: Library of Congress: Laws Need Revision to Encourage Digital Preservation Countries should change their laws and policies to encourage digital preservation of copyrighted works, according to a report released today by the Library of Congress. It drafted the report... continue reading "LoC report on law and digital preservation" »

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Google Librarian Central: Endless summer Friday, July 11, 2008 9:28 AM Posted by Bethany Poole, Product Marketing Manager As you may have noticed, we've taken a somewhat leisurely summer break here at Librarian Central. We've been thinking about how to... continue reading "Whoops! Google realizes it has been ignoring librarians." »

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csmonitor.com: The field narrows for e-books As Microsoft backs away from digitizing old texts, some worry that a single company could privatize world knowledge. By Gregory M. Lamb | Staff Writer for The Christian Science Monitor / July 11, 2008... continue reading "CS Monitor story on Google Book Search" »

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YouTube - Google Book Search: UC Library Partnership... continue reading "UC Librarians on Google Book Search" »

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Library Stuff: How Google Used Librarians…and Got Away With It June 29th, 2008 I know when I’m being used. It’s a learned trait after being used many times by friends, family, and colleagues. Exactly one year ago today, the Google... continue reading "How Google used librarians" »

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Scan and Release: Digitizing the Boston Public Library | Everything is Miscellaneous ... Of this abundance, the digital group has so far scanned about 24,000 objects. When I point out to Maura Marx, the group’s head, that, given the library’s... continue reading "David Weinberger on the digitization of the Boston Public Library Misc. collections" »

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OStatic: Google Now Hosts Open Source Libraries Written by Reuven Lerner - May. 27, 2008 Ajax, a programming/design technique that combines JavaScript, asynchronous HTTP connections, XHTML, and CSS, has turned the Web into a true application platform. Before Ajax, submitting... continue reading "What are the consequences of the Google Ajax API?" »

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Wow. this is tremendously useful. Introduction This bibliography presents selected English-language articles and other works that are useful in understanding Google Book Search. It primarily focuses on the evolution of Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues... continue reading "The Google Book Search Bibliography" »

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Karen Coyle wants to know: OK, maybe I'm just in a particularly bad mood, but I guess I've just about had it with libraries shooting themselves in the foot. Then letting gangrene set in and going for amputation. I'm talking... continue reading "Why aren't libraries sharing bibliographic data with everyone?" »

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Chronicle.com: Nonprofit Library Group Will Share Book Records With Google In an effort to increase the visibility of libraries’ holdings on the Web, Google and OCLC—formerly known as the Online Computer Library Center—have agreed to swap data. Under the arrangement,... continue reading "The OCLC-Google Book Search deal" »

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The blog Digital Scholarship in the Humanities has an interesting essay on this subject: But how reliable are these electronic texts? Can researchers feel comfortable citing them and using them for text analysis? In my view, the quality of an... continue reading "How reliable are electronic texts?" »

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John Wilkin writes: Metasearch vs. Google Scholar What the world needs now is not another metasearch engine. Mind you, having more and better and even free metasearch engines is a good thing, but there are already many metasearch engines, each... continue reading "Is there hope for Metasearch?" »

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John Wilkin€™ of the University of Michigan libraries was badly misquoted in an AP story on the digitization projects at the University of Michigan. On his blog, he uses that glitch (calling the Brewster Kahle's issues with Google "polemical," but... continue reading "Between the "perfect" and the "good"?" »

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Wired Campus: DePauw U. Libraries:... continue reading ""Who needs a librarian? ..."" »

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This is pretty scholarly/geeky. But power Google users might find this interesting and funny. My colleague Bryan Pfaffenberger wrote: Dear colleagues: The following is an instructive, and I think hilarious, example of the need to proofread computer-generated bibliographies. I like... continue reading "A funny thing happened while using Google Scholar ..." »

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From if:book: Good news. Google has finally released an API (?) for Google Book Search: Web developers can use the Books Viewability API to quickly find out a book's viewability on Google Book Search and, in an automated fashion, embed... continue reading "Google Books API finally released" »

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Kembrew McLeod broke this story and has been organizing widespread protest to it. Here is the Chronicle of Higher Ed Story about it: U. of Iowa Writing Students Revolt Against a Plan They Say Would Give Away Their Work on... continue reading "U of Iowa stealing student work and forcing Googlization" »

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Editorial: Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google: Editorial: Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google Mariana Regalado Reference Librarian Brooklyn College Library Brooklyn NY 11210-2889 Jill Cirasella Reference Librarian Brooklyn College... continue reading "Helpful Summary of resources on Google and Libraries" »

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Check out Cory Doctorow's new article, "Put Not Your Faith In Ebook Readers."... continue reading "Why E-Book Readers Fail" »

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Chronicle.com: Google Plans to Expand Book-Scanning Partnerships Marissa Mayer, vice president for search products and user experience at Google, says the company will expand its Book Search project, which has scanned more than a million books in conjunction with several... continue reading "Google claims preservation IS one of the goals of Google Book Search" »

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Corrected: Ok. So maybe I don't hear things that well. Sorry.... continue reading "Big Google Books news on Wednesday?" »

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Leslie Johnston explains: ... I do not know why so many people assume that this project is preserving the volumes -- Google does not say that; they say that they are creating access copies. The participant institutions know this, and... continue reading "Google Book Search not about preservation " »

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Google and Libraries Conference - March 10, 2008 « LACUNY Blog Register Now for Google and Libraries, on the METRO web site: Google and Libraries An International Conference Sponsored by ILIAC, The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, and METRO... continue reading "Great conferece at Columbia U on March 10" »

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On Wednesday afternoon I have a honor of delivering the Henderson Lecture at the UNC School of Information and Library Science. The subject of my talk will be: The Human Knowledge Project (Part 1): Four Conceptual Errors concerning Massive Digital... continue reading "The Human Knowledge Project (Parts 1 and 2) at North Carolina and Duke" »

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Chronicle.com: A Million Books Scanned at U. of Michigan -- and Counting Librarians at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor threw themselves a party on Friday to celebrate a milestone in their ambitious effort to scan every single book... continue reading "One million Michigan books scanned so far" »

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Eszter Hargittai on Crooked Timber: "What's in a Knol?": I address three issues concerning this new service of trying to create something Wikipedialike within Google’s domain: First, will it gain popularity? Second, what might we expect in terms of quality?... continue reading "On Google's Challenge to Wikipedia" »

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My neighbor and colleague Leslie Johnston writes: ... I have a slightly different spin and some different reasons, but I don't buy it either. I often take part in discussions about services for faculty and students, and sometimes hear ageist... continue reading "More on the oversimplicity of "Digital Natives" etc." »

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For a while I have been recoiling at all that talk about how young people today are "born digital" or are part of some special or distinct experiential universe that grants them special prowess or powers and blinds them to... continue reading "The problem with "Digital natives," "Digital immigrants," and the "Digital generation" etc." »

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Check out this hilarious scanning job Google did on The Gentleman's Magazine from 1855 for Book Search. Here is a frozen image:... continue reading "That high-quality scanning job" »

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Check out Google and Its Enemies by Jonathan V. Last. It does not break new ground. But it responds to Jonathan Band's arguments pretty well. It's a decent introduction to the copyright questions. Thanks to Cathy Davidson for the tip.... continue reading "The Weekly Standard (of all places) has a smart summary of the Google Books conflict" »

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if:book: the NEA's misreading of reading: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum writes an elegant and concise critique of the National Endowment for the Arts' ominously titled new study of American reading trends, "To Read or Not to Read", which is a sequel... continue reading "A brilliant critique of the NEA Reading report" »

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Library Journal: Discussion of Google Scan Plan Heats Up on Blogs Now this is why we love the Blogosphere. In launching his blog, University of Michigan's (UM) dean of libraries Paul Courant recently offered a spirited defense of UM's somewhat... continue reading "Library Journal summarizes the Courant-Vaidhyanathan conversation about Google Book Search" »

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Ted Striphas knows more about the potential for and failures of electronic books than just about anyone. He is finishing up a book on the future of print right now. He wrote this about the Amazon Kindle: ...Though I may... continue reading "Ted Striphas on the Kindle and the potential for decent Ebooks" »

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Frank is one of my favorite legal scholars and bloggers. His new blog article, Conditions for the Digital Library of Alexandria, is essential reading: I have been in the middle of a major rethink of search engines’ efforts to digitize... continue reading "Frank Pasquale on the Future of Digital Library projects" »

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Steve Levy at Newsweek wrote this in-depth story about the new Amazon e-book reader: The Future of Reading Amazon's Jeff Bezos already built a better bookstore. Now he believes he can improve upon one of humankind's most divine creations: the... continue reading "Amazon's new book reader destined to fail" »

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Paul Courant has some insight into this question: Paul Duguid’s comment on an earlier post of mine gets to important issues that I expect to discuss repeatedly (although not repetitiously) in this space. Among the big questions that he raises... continue reading "How well does Google learn from its mistakes?" »

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Dan Cohen's Digital Humanities Blog has a nice summary of some of the rich commentary this week about Google and Google Book Search. In the post, he writes: (Picky criticism to go along with the praise for Siva: if one... continue reading "Why is the Web different?" »

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As a comment to Ryan Shaw's post, "Libraries Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth," a bright guy named Patrick elaborates on what could be done with the right image formats: Patrick wrote: October 22nd, 2007 at 1:21 pm I... continue reading "Drilling down into the Google Book Search image problem" »

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Ryan Shaw left a great comment below under the item about University of Michigan's Paul Courant's defense of Michigan's partnership with Google. Here is the text of his post about the image formats that Google is delivering to libraries and... continue reading "Ryan Shaw explains the "image problem" with Google Book Search" »

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Economist Paul Courant was the provost of the University of Michigan when it decided to be the first and boldest partner of Google for the library scanning project that has become part of Google Book Search. Paul recently became the... continue reading "Paul Courant of Michigan Addresses Google Book Search Criticism" »

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Tony Grafton is a brilliant historian of the book who often writes for magazines. I could not do my work without modeling it on his. This week in The New Yorker Tony issues his views on Google, mass digitization projects,... continue reading "Grafton's brilliant invervention to the digital library debate" »

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Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web - New York Times October 22, 2007 Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web By KATIE HAFNER Several major research libraries have rebuffed offers from Google and Microsoft to scan their... continue reading "The luster is coming off Google Book Search" »

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Library of Congress Advances 2 Digital Projects Abroad - New York Times: October 18, 2007 Library of Congress Advances 2 Digital Projects Abroad By DOREEN CARVAJAL PARIS, Oct. 17 — The Library of Congress announced an ambitious plan on Wednesday... continue reading "World Digital Library: Inching toward the "Human Genome Project of the Mind?"" »

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I have been saying for years now that Google is the wrong agent to produce and maintain the "universal library." My great hope was that all the major universities of the world would unite, raise the money, and host such... continue reading "The Open Library: A Very Important Step" »

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From Chronicle.com: Google's Own Second Life? Today The Arizona Republic notes an interesting rumor: Google is reportedly working to create a virtual world that will rival Second Life, and the company may be testing the project at Arizona State University.... continue reading "Rumor: Google partners with U of Arizona to create a new virtual platform like Second Life" »

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Is Google a Library?

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Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)


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Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001)

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