Winged Words

December 14th, 2004 by Ross Scaife

Lots of sources today on Google’s plan to digitize hundreds of terabytes of scholarship in several of the world’s largest research libraries over the next decade:

Update: Kevin Drum, blogger-in-residence for the Washington Monthly, offers a pretty good little rant against the anti-Google op-ed in the LA Times by Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association. Juicy bit: “How can a scholar possibly have such a narrow mind — and a scholar of books, no less? Suggesting that Google should limit itself to reference books and leave everything else alone bespeaks a paucity of both spirit and vision that’s staggering.”

Another uppdate: Three worthwhile pieces in the MSM, one by Geoffrey Nunberg (a linguist at Stanford University), another by Alberto Manguel, and a third by Felicia Lee.

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