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Subject: Inköpsförslag
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:38:14 +0100

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The Battle for the Books: Inside Google’s Gambit to Create the World’s
Biggest Library
Jeff Roberts

Boken är väl värd pengarna. Jag misstänker dock tyvärr att bibliotek
inte kan köpa in den.


By early 2009, influential figures in the academic and literary world
had begun to digest the implications of the proposed Google Books
settlement, and they were worried. The settlement raised questions
about Google’s motives, and it also set off a number of emotional trip
wires about knowledge in the digital age. Who will be the gatekeepers
of our books — libraries or companies? Who will determine the literary
canons of the future — people or computers?

The first to toss these questions like a glove at Google’s feet was
Harvard librarian Robert Darnton. In February 2009, Darnton published
a broadside in the New York Review of Books that many credit for
rousing opponents to sandbag the initial settlement. Adorned with
references to Voltaire and the Founding Fathers, the article was
foremost a cri de coeur for the relevance of librarians: “The library
remains at the heart of things, but it pumps nutrition throughout the
university and often to the farthest reaches of cyberspace.”

The white-haired, well-dressed patrician fanned the flames of anxiety
he had touched off with his article by giving a series of alarming
talks from New England to New York. His tour to warn his compatriots
about Google included a stop at Columbia University. Before a full
auditorium, he offered an eloquent but withering critique of the
search company’s cataloging efforts. The company could scan, but it
could not sort, he sniffed. Darnton told the audience that Google had
filed Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass under gardening (although those
involved in the scanning claim this couldn’t have happened). The
implication was clear. This was no Library of Alexandria that Google
was creating, but rather an outlet store where all the books were
dumped on the floor.

Det sista känner vi igen. Stockholms UB som ställer upp böckerna
huller om buller och i Libris har vi fått patetiska
katalogposter, e-tidskrifter och e-böcker köps in obesedda i stora
paket och fria e-tidskrifter och e-böcker ägnar biblioteken
inte mycket tid åt.


Jan Szczepański
F.d Förste bibliotekare och chef för f.d Avdelningen
för humaniora vid Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek
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