Report from ACRL 2011: "Librarians Talk Google Books, Orphan Works, and What’s Next"
Librarians are especially keen to figure out what to do about orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights owners can’t be identified or found. Who gets to make use of those works has been a big issue in the Google case.
“Many of us have those in our collections and would love to make those available,” Ms. [Corey] Williams [associate director of the American Library Association’s Washington office] said. “Some of us do make them available.”
Ms. Williams also raised the idea of the Digital Public Library of America championed by Harvard’s Robert Darnton and others.
“There are lots of competing interests here—commercial, not-for-profit,” she said. “So what do you think? Do you think this is all doable?”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.