Proposed Google Book Search Settlement Discussion Draws Interest During Midwinter Conference

A panel of representatives from Google and the library community spoke before a standing-room-only audience during an open discussion on the proposed Google Book Search settlement agreement January 24 during the ALA Midwinter Conference.

The lively discussion, hosted by the ALA Committee on Legislation’s Copyright Subcommittee and moderated by Nancy Kranich, chair of the COL Copyright Subcommittee, addressed the recent settlement and the question of what’s in it for libraries.

Following brief opening remarks by each panelist, the discussion opened for dialogue and questions from the audience. Kranich said the high attendance and active participation from the audience demonstrate the level of interest and questions this issue raises within the library community.

“We as a library community are really going to have to think through the implications, and this panel was a great start, and we’re eager to hear from our membership,” Kranich said.google-books-settlement-session1

Panelists included (L-R) Karen Coyle, Digital Librarian and Consultant, Dan Clancy, Engineering Director for the Google Book Search Project, Laura Quilter, Librarian and Attorney at Law, and  Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan.

Additional information about the proposed Google Book Search settlement agreement is available here.

About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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  1. This is a story?
    Couldn’t you give at least a synopsis of the opinions expressed?

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