First Impressions of the Google Books Settlement

Just announced is the settlement of the class action lawsuit that the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and individual authors and publishers filed against Google for its Book Search program, which has been digitizing millions of books from libraries. (Hard to believe, but the lawsuit was first covered on this blog all the […]

Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?

So Microsoft has left the business of digitizing millions of books—apparently because they saw it as no business at all. This leaves Microsoft’s partner (and our partner on the Zotero project), the Internet Archive, somewhat in the lurch, although Microsoft has done the right thing and removed the contractual restrictions on the books they digitized […]

Two Misconceptions about the Zotero-IA Alliance

Thanks to everyone for their helpful (and thankfully, mostly positive) feedback on the new Zotero-IA alliance. I wanted to try to clear up a couple of things that the press coverage and my own writing failed to communicate. (Note to self: finally get around to going to one of those media training courses so I […]

The Strange Dynamics of Technology Adoption and Promotion in Academia

Kudos to Bruce D’Arcus for writing the blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Bruce notes with some amazement the resistance that free and open source projects like Zotero meet when they encounter the institutional buying patterns and tech evangelism that is all too common in academia. The problem here seems to […]

NYPL Labs Blog

Center for History and New Media alum and incredibly innovative digital thinker Josh Greenberg is now the Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship at the New York Public Library. One of his first actions was to set up the NYPL Labs to produce and test new tools, technologies, and interfaces. It’s great to see they […]

What Do Electronic Resources Mean for the Future of University Libraries?

On our Digital Campus podcast, Tom Scheinfeldt, Mills Kelly, and I have been talking a lot about the growing disconnect between students and faculty who are increasingly using software and services, such as web email and Google Docs, that are not the university’s “officially supported” (and often quite expensive to buy, maintain, and support) software […]

The “Google Five” Describe Progress, Challenges

Among other things learned by the original five libraries that signed up with Google to have their collections digitized is this gem: “About one percent of the Bodleian Library’s books have uncut pages, meaning they’ve never been opened.” I used to find books like this at Yale and felt quite bad for their authors. Imagine […]

Five Catalonian Libraries Join the Google Library Project

The Google Library Project has, for the most part, focused on American libraries, thus pushing the EU to mount a competing project; will this announcement (which includes the National Library of Barcelona), coming on the heels of an agreement with the Complutense University of Madrid, signal the beginning of Google making inroads in Europe?

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