[Please excuse the cross-postings. --ELM]
The Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a
mini-symposium on the topic of mass digitization one week from today,
Thursday, May 21 from 1 - 4:30. You are invited.
The purpose of the symposium it to discuss, learn, and explore the
possibilities and ramifications of huge amounts of digitized texts in
libraries. Our speakers include:
* Maura Marx (Executive Director, Open Knowledge Commons) - Ms.
Marx will speak about the history of mass digitization
initiatives, the Google Books settlement, and why we need to work
towards a viable alternative, and current "open" plans and
programs. She will describe how the old notions of privacy and
confidentiality are disappearing in the profit driven commercial
environment, where revenues come from better targeting and
personalization. All of this impacts not only how we work today,
but how future generations will access knowledge.
* Gary Charbonneau (Indiana University) - Mr. Charbonneau will
speak on Google Books and its impact on mass digitization efforts
within the academy. Gary is currently the Systems Librarian at
IU, of which he serves as the Google Digitizing Project Manager
at the Herman B. Wells Library. Google's innovative search
technologies connect millions of people around the world with
information every day, and its impact on mass digitization
efforts have been extraordinary and in some ways, controversial.
* Sian Meikle (University of Toronto) - Ms. Meikle will share
many thought-provoking insights into the experiences with the
Open Content Alliance (OCA) which is a collaborative effort of a
group of cultural, technology, non-profit, and governmental
organizations from around the world that helps build a permanent
archive of multilingual digitized texts and multimedia materials.
Everybody is welcome. There is no registration fee or form. For more
details, please see the website:
Eric Lease Morgan
Head, Digital Access and Information Architecture Department
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame