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2008-07-18 09:00:36

By Boyd Tonkin THE WEEK IN BOOKS Has the French resistance begun to crumble? When Google unveiled its Book Search project in late 2004, no country protested louder against this digital battering-ram of "Anglo-Saxon" hegemony than France. As well as the "partner program" by which Google scans copyright titles to make sample pages available for browsing, the Californian behemoth set up agreements with leading academic libraries. They aimed to make out-of-copyright collections accessible...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Reid, Mike Gray, Christian; Honick, Craig Part 3 Applications and Survey Results In this, the third and last article in our series on enterprise applications of social networking, we focus on the results of a survey we conducted to help us understand how Web 2.0 tools (i.e., wikis, blogs, RSS, online social networks, virtual communities, social network analysis, social bookmarking, social tagging, and podcasting) are being used in enterprises. We call the collection of tools enterprise...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Anonymous Oh, Pooh!! This issue contains a very well-thought-out, carefully researched, cautionary article on the legal status and future of Google Book Search ("Good and Evil in the Garden of Digitization: Google and Fair Use" by Wallace Koehler, pp. 24-27, 57). Professor Koehler is a long-time contributor to Searcher magazine and a highly respected colleague. Nevertheless, based on sheer enthusiasm, idiosyncratic personal taste, visions of universal wisdom and joy, and a set of Harry...

2008-07-04 03:00:11

By Koehler, Wallace Google and Fair Use In a January 2008 Searcher article, Beth Ashmore and Jill Grogg discuss the Open Content Alliance (OCA) and Amazon.com's book digitization projects. They point out that Amazon and OCA did not invent book digitization and acknowledge the dragon in the corner - Google Book Search. As important and interesting as all projects by Google are, Google, by virtue of its size and leverage and because of its digitization model, has assumed dinosaur proportions...

2008-06-21 03:00:09

By Huwe, Terence K I TEND TO REGARD LIBRARY WEBSITESAS THE MOST IMPORTANT GATEWAY TO OUR WORLD, INCLUDING THE PHYSICAL LIBRARIES WE MANAGE. Library websites play an interesting role in the universe of digital resources we now take for granted. We rely upon them daily, yet we seem to have much to complain about. Many colleagues of mine are quick to find fault with large research library websites, citing poor usability and missing interactive applications. Worse still, they argue, is the...

2008-06-18 03:00:15

Social networking, community building, global interactivity, and mass collaboration: They're all part of the phenomenon called Web 2.0. But how can entrepreneurs tap into this technology-fueled mind shift? Richard J. Goossen, an entrepreneurship professor, consultant, and author of e-Preneur: From Wall Street to Wiki [Career Press] makes sense of Web 2.0 for small business owners. He spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein; edited excerpts of their conversation follow. For...

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2008-04-25 14:30:00

Courtney Mitchel, of the University of Michigan library's book-shelving department is among hundreds of librarians who spend hours of each day going through almost 600 pages of some of the world's oldest books.Their work is part of Google's Book Search, a project that plans to offer its users access to digital versions of 50 million to 100 million ancient texts."It's monotonous," 24-year-old Mitchel said."But it's still something that I'm learning about - how to interact with really old...

2008-02-15 03:00:19

By Pack, Thomas But a large and growing group of internet users use their time with digital media as a way to enhance their offline engagement with text. "A book holds a house of gold," according to a Chinese proverb. But many people don't seem interested in gold houses, even though public libraries let you live in them free. According to a report called "To Read or Not To Read," released in November by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Americans- especially young Americans -are...

2006-11-22 03:00:42

By Lackie, Robert J This article will provide an introduction to Web 2.0 for libraries and will attempt to bring to light a few notable, free Web- based interactive communication tools that can help librarians and other educators seamlessly access, create, organize, and disseminate information for their library, themselves, colleagues, and friends. A mystifying or vague buzzword to many, Web 2.0 was made fashionable in late 2004 by O'Reilly Media, the foremost publisher of computer...

2006-08-09 09:32:43

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said on Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers. The top Web search company said it will fund the scanning of "several million" of the 34 million titles in the University of California's libraries, as part of a year-and-a-half old project to make...


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