Here’s a link to an article in the latest issue of AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Spectrum. The article might be of interest to some of you.
AALL Spectrum (Vol. 17 No. 7; May 2013)
From the Article
Georgetown University Library Head of Metadata Services, Shana McDanold says, “The Library Project presents a different set of challenges for user access than we’ve seen before. Generally, there is a landing page for the magazine, such as in EBSCO or JSTOR, the digitized journal archive, which allows users to browse the content and find the issue they want from that single page. Different access points will make it harder for users and for libraries to collocate access points for users and create a succinct and clear presentation.”
But numerous electronic services librarians countrywide express alarm, not only about the Google Library’s rights clearances, but also about its lack of privacy safeguards and potential for government intrusion. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Metadata Librarian, Scott Piepenburg says, “If a researcher goes to a public library . . . that research is protected by state and federal privacy law, as well as library ethics. Once that information passes into a third party like Google, those securities are gone. Google can see what you’re researching, and that information becomes saleable.”
Direct to Full Text Article (4 pages; PDF)