Lots of sources today on Google’s plan to digitize hundreds of terabytes of scholarship in several of the world’s largest research libraries over the next decade:
- Search Engine Watch
- Boston Globe, New York Times, BBC
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Harvard University Library FAQ
Update: Kevin Drum, blogger-in-residence for the Washington Monthly, offers a pretty good little rant against the anti-Google op-ed in the LA Times by Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association. Juicy bit: “How can a scholar possibly have such a narrow mind — and a scholar of books, no less? Suggesting that Google should limit itself to reference books and leave everything else alone bespeaks a paucity of both spirit and vision that’s staggering.”
Another uppdate: Three worthwhile pieces in the MSM, one by Geoffrey Nunberg (a linguist at Stanford University), another by Alberto Manguel, and a third by Felicia Lee.