Monday, 7 September 2009

The relationship between public libraries and Google: Too much information by Vivienne Waller, First Monday


Given this week's impending judgment by Judge Denny Chin on the Google class action case, see Guardian piece, here,  I thought this article, just out, from First Monday might be interesting.

Abstract
'This article explores the implications of a shift from public to private provision of information through focusing on the relationship between Google and public libraries. This relationship has sparked controversy, with concerns expressed about the integrity of search results, the Google Book project, and Google the company.

In this paper, these concerns are treated as symptoms of a deeper divide, the fundamentally different conceptions of information that underpin the stated aim of Google and libraries to provide access to information.

The paper concludes with some principles necessary for the survival of public libraries and their contribution to a robust democracy in a rapidly expanding Googleverse...'

Currently traveling in the UK - so posts might be a little erratic depending on schedule, bandwidth, and the state of the British people

Source
First Monday

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