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 … Continue reading First Impressions of the Google Books Settlement
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 … Continue reading Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?
A few months ago I mentioned a blog from the New York Public Library's digital labs. Now the NPYL has launched a superb new overall blog with some terrific images from their collection and some rather humorous and engaging text.
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 … Continue reading Two Misconceptions about the Zotero-IA Alliance
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 … Continue reading The Strange Dynamics of Technology Adoption and Promotion in Academia
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 … Continue reading NYPL Labs Blog
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 … Continue reading What Do Electronic Resources Mean for the Future of University Libraries?