The Danger of Google History in a Time of War

An Anonymous Patron writes "The Danger of Google History in a Time of War There’s a reason history should be written by historians and not by Internet software or talk-show hosts: Who else today has the time and patience to sift through the past to unearth the events and ideas that are fundamental to reasoned public debate on the most crucial issues facing our society? The ancient Greeks long ago realized that history is crucial to democracy; especially in wartime, we Googleize it at our peril."


Google and Libraries

Anonymous Patron sends us a blog post entitled "Amateur Megalomania: Google and Libraries." In it, the author proposes a new scheme for copyright that would end libraries' 'institutionalized theft,' as he calls it, of authors' works. Interesting read.


Internet Archive to build alternative to Google

Anonymous Patron writes "The race is on? Information World Review reports Ten major international libraries have agreed to combine their digitised book collections into a free text-based archive hosted online by the not-for-profit Internet Archive. All content digitised and held in the text archive will be freely available to online users. Two major US libraries have agreed to join the scheme: Carnegie Mellon University library and The Library of Congress have committed their Million Book Project and American Memory Projects, respectively, to the text archive. The projects both provide access to digitised collections.

The Canadian universities of Toronto, Ottawa and McMaster have agreed to add their collections, as have China's Zhejiang University, the Indian Institute of Science, the European Archives and Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt.


Just How is Google Gonna Do It?

Bob writes "The size of the project itself is mind-boggling but the SF Chronicle describes the actual process the participating Google libraries will use to accomplish it."

Followup to Google Oped pieces

madcow writes "Google's actions have repurcussions and THOSE repurcussions have repurcussions. Although I may have set a record for that word in a sentence, Gorman's reaction in the L.A. Times has brought this reaction. And this one too. Quoth: "And the research library also has a continuing role to play. Scholars and scientists may be dazzled by the prospect of universal access to the world's research collections, but the librarians who made the accord with Google don't feel as if they're presiding over the dissolution of their bookish empires.""


Google, libraries, and privacy

Daniel Brandt writes "As you have no doubt heard by now, five major libraries have agreed
to let Google digitize all or part of their collections. Google has
made arrangements with the New York Public Library and the
libraries of Harvard University, Stanford University, the
University of Oxford and the University of Michigan. Stanford and
Michigan will let Google digitize everything. New York and Harvard
agreed to pilot projects. Oxford agreed only to books and documents
prior to 1901.


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.



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