Gorman: Google library plan: a miss, not a hit

Michael Gorman, dean of library services at California State University, Fresno, and president-elect of the American Library Association Says enormous databases of digitized whole books, especially scholarly books, are expensive exercises in futility based on the staggering notion that, for the first time in history, one form of communication (electronic) will supplant and obliterate all previous forms. [Thanks to kmhess for the link]

One more google story to add:madcow writes "Read here: "Will the role of librarians become more important as guides to all this information or fade as patrons rely on computer searches?" is just one of the questions this oped piece raises."


The Digital Library Tipping Point?

Sick of hearing about Google's big digitization plans yet? Well you shouldn't be! The Scotsman, UK, says "Despite Google, we still need good libraries" in which the author has high praise for old fashioned libraries. Everyone and their brother is running pretty much the same story on the project, so I'll just link to the Google News Cluster and let you browse a bit.
Some folks are starting to think about this a bit, and raise some good questions. The Associated Press says "Some are leery of Google's online data project." They point out this ambitious effort could herald the beginning of the commercialization of libraries, which have long been trusted as an independent resource for knowledge without the obvious trappings of marketing or goals of profit. NPR asks "What's on the Web?" Are we getting closer to the day when most of the world's knowledge is a click away? Brewster Kahle has some interesting things to say in this interview. The Detroit Free Press has some interesting points and they do a good job breaking down what they think the end product will look like. Product? Libraries? eek.
It's also interesting to note Shares of Google Inc. jumped nearly 5% after the announcement. Just browsing the headlines is enough to excite me!
Global library heralds new information era
Google to make academic library books available on the net
The race to digitize the print universe
World's top libraries sign up with Google
It came from the vaults! Google seeks to open the library
Google's library plan 'a huge help'
Google collects hard-to-find books Google launches big library
Google offers you a ticket to the world's greatest libraries
Google inks agreement to digitise world’s libraries
Brin: Google Turns Libraries Into Latest Weapon Vs. Search Rivals
The Library of Google
Google set to add a gaggle of books
All just hype? Or have we reached the tipping point?


Google to Digitize 15 Million Books in 10 years

During the December 14, 2004 broadcast of ABC News World News Tonight, Peter Jennings reported that Google announced their goal to digitize 15 million Books in 10 years.


Google Communicates With Its "Print Partners"

Thought you all might find the following letter of interest--it was sent to me as our card line is being scanned and will soon become a part of the Google Print program:

    We're excited about the progress and early success of Google
    Print, and are very pleased to have your participation in the
    program. As one of our partners, we'd like to let you know
    about the latest Google Print expansion.

    In keeping with our mission to organize the world's
    information, we have recently announced partnerships with a few
    large libraries, including the University of Michigan and
    Harvard University.


Google Does It Again: New Library Projects

The NY Times reports on a pending announcement from Google about new digitization partnerships with libraries.

Google plans to announce an agreement today with some of the nation's leading research libraries and Oxford University to begin converting their holdings into digital files that would be freely searchable over the Web.


ACS Sues Google Over "Scholar" Use

The American Chemical Society, publishers of Chemical Abstracts and its online version SciFinder Scholar, has filed a trademark infringement claim against Google Scholar. Slashdot has some discussion.


New From Google: Google Suggest

Google has a new product, Google Suggest out in Beta. There's an FAQ that describes this new service: "As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time. Google Suggest might offer suggestions that you will find novel or intriguing. "
Me, I just want an answer to a question most of the time, this seems like a nifty idea to reach that goal.
Your browser must be Internet Explorer 6.0 (or newer), Netscape 7.1 (or newer), Mozilla 1.4 (or newer), Firefox 0.8 (or newer), Opera 7.54 (or newer), or Safari 1.2.2 (or newer). You'll also need to have both JavaScript and cookies enabled.


Google groups brands Usenet further

deborah writes "When Google bought Deja years ago, they plastered the Google brand all over Usenet. Now they're going even further, with the roll-out of the new Google Groups, which appears to combine Usenet searching with a Google mailing list / bulletin board system, ala Yahoo! Groups. There's so much rubbish in Usenet these days that it probably won't be too harmful a dilution, since knowledgeable searchers should be able to look in specific groups and trees, still. I hope."

It should be pointed out Slashdot reports Google backed off its beta of Google Groups within 24 hours of making it mandatory for all users.


Google feeling click fraud heat

madcow writes "CNN's Money site talks about Google's problems with "Click fraud" to pump up ad stats. "...that occurs when individuals click on ad links that appear next to search results in order to force advertisers to pay for the clicks."

Read here."


The magic that makes Google tick

Anonymous Patron writes "Really Neat ZDNet Australia Piece on the Googleplex. The numbers alone are enough to make your eyes water.

Over four billion Web pages, each an average of 10KB, all fully indexed.

Up to 2,000 PCs in a cluster.

Over 30 clusters.

104 interface languages including Klingon and Tagalog.

One petabyte of data in a cluster -- so much that hard disk error rates of 10-15 begin to be a real issue.

Sustained transfer rates of 2Gbps in a cluster.

An expectation that two machines will fail every day in each of the larger clusters.

No complete system failure since February 2000.

It is one of the largest computing projects on the planet, arguably employing more computers than any other single, fully managed system (we're not counting distributed computing projects here), some 200 computer science PhDs, and 600 other computer scientists.

And it is all hidden behind a deceptively simple, white, Web page that contains a single one-line text box and a button that says Google Search."



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