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Robert Darnton’s plangent discussion of the proposed Google Book Search agreement in the New York Review of Books was widely noticed. In particular, I was interested to read comments from the different perspectives of Paul Courant (University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan, a major partner in the Google enterprise and a pioneer in creating and managing digital collections) and Tim O’Reilly (who has helped shape our view of the current network environment, and proponent of the interesting view that book search should be like web search).
The issues raised across these contributions are major and
Note: check out Robert Darnton’s Worldcat Identities page.