Open Books: Microsoft’s “Me Too”

October 31, 2007

Just a few days after this post about Google Books vs. the Open Content Alliance, Microsoft has partnered with Yale University to scan 100,000 out-of-copyright books so that it can make them available to readers through Microsoft Live Search @ Here’s another story on the same project.

So everyone seems to be jumping on the Open Books bandwagon (not that that’s a bad thing). I don’t know about you, but I think it’s high time McDonalds got involved somehow. Maybe Wal*Mart and Starbucks, too.


Internet Librarian: Notes from the Conference

October 29, 2007

The Internet Librarian conference is in swing Monday-Wednesday this week in Monterey, CA. As with previous conferences, you can find notes from the sessions at Shifted Librarian. For example, here are today’s posts:

And Speaking of Google

October 27, 2007

This ComputerWorld post discusses a recent setback in Google’s attempt to become the world’s online library — the world’s exclusive online library, that is.

Google has been signing contracts with major libraries (including, um… one that’s pretty close to home), to scan their holdings and make them available online. A consortium of New England libraries recently decided to sign on with the Open Content Alliance instead. The OCA is trying to do the same thing as Google, but where Google will retain exclusive control of the materials, OCA will make the scanned books available for free to any website.

The catch: where Google can do it for free, OCA needs to charge $30 per book.


October 26, 2007

I enjoy using Google for a number of different things. E-mail, RSS, calendar… But they are becoming pretty powerful. I know tech people would prefer to read lines of code or a good manual for some new piece of software, but a little fiction is good every now and then. Here is a short story by Cory Doctorow about the near future. Tagline: “Google controls your e-mail, your videos, your calendar, your searches… What if it controlled your life?

Go read Scroogle

Andy B

Cool YouTube Video… About Organization of Information?

October 23, 2007

It’s definitely more inspirational than informational, but I really enjoyed (twice) this brief video about the changing nature of information organization. Credits to Shifted Librarian for pointing it out. This somewhat mesmerizing video is by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Kansas State. It’s clearly not pro-InfoProfessional, though I’m not convinced it’s entirely anti-, either.

Information R/evolution

He also created this meditation on Web 2.0 and what it means for information:

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Shifted Librarian: New OCLC Report About Sharing Online

October 23, 2007

“It’s taken a long time for them to release this, but OCLC has finally made their Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World report available for free on the web.”

What Next – LibTube?

October 23, 2007

A short story, but interesting: a Jacksonville library is making hundreds of hours of video available to its patrons free… and online.