January 18, 2022

New Article: “Millions of Magazines Hidden in Google Books Library Project Endanger U.S. Copyright”

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.


Millions of Magazines Hidden in Google Books Library Project Endanger U.S. Copyright


Barbara Kevles


AALL Spectrum (Vol. 17 No. 7; May 2013)

From the Article

On Access

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.”

On Privacy

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)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.