Information technologies are developing at a rapid pace, and with these developments comes lots of hype. The current Google Books project is one such example. Some of the world’s biggest and most influential libraries are working with Google to digitize their collections: Harvard, Stanford, University of Michigan, and others. It is a noble and humanitarian undertaking for sure. It’s easy to look at a project like this one and imagine a global digital library that will one day render the “brick and mortar” physical library space obsolete. But a project like this one is complex and has many restrictions, one of which is that old notion of copyright. There are other considerations as well in terms of access, digital preservation, intellectual property, and privacy. Take a look the following article from the ACRLog, the blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Does this change the way you think about access to online information, now or in the future?