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Open Access and Libraries:

The State of the Art of Open Access & Google Books Projects—What It All Means for
Libraries, Library Users, & You

The Second Annual International Conference Sponsored by:


(International Library Information and Analytic Center; Offices in Moscow & Washington D.C.)




The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries


Organized by The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian,
the ‘how I run my library good’
SM letter


Place: School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Kellogg Center, 15th Floor, 420 West 118th Street

between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, New York City.


Date & Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 8:15AM – 4:00PM


URL for registration



The Issues:


"Open Access and Libraries" will focus on what is going on today and the future prospects for electronic book and serial publishing.


What does open access mean for libraries, library users, and the general public?


Will the riches and resources of our libraries and the publications of our scholars be freely accessible to all or will access be limited only to those who can pay for it?


What is going on along the twin paths of open access book and serial projects and the proprietary Google Books Library Project and Google Book Search? How will they coexist? Who will pay and how much? What are the key points of the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement?


What does all of this mean for library users? What will become of the library ideal and the cornerstone of the public library movement, free access to information?


What are the implications of “open “digital library projects such as the Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, etc. and the role of the Open Knowledge Commons—all of which were created to advance the cause of open access to recorded knowledge?


These initiatives aim to ensure that knowledge in the digital age does not become a commodity, bought and sold by commercial interests. These massive scale digitization projects have resulted in technological advances including better and faster scanning technology, shared regional repositories and new discovery and delivery services.


SPARC and the role it plays as an agency promoting open access to scholarly serial publishing will be examined, especially as a response to the seemingly predatory and monopolistic practices of many serial publishers.


What are the plans of Google for developing its proprietary Google Books Library Project and Google Book Search? Especially important is the question, what will be the pricing strategy—for libraries and their users and for the public?


What is the status of open access in Russia and the CIS? Are the issues similar or different than we face in the U.S.? How do developments in the U.S. effect people in these countries and elsewhere?


And more…


Fees and Registration:


$110 - Members of the American Library Association, LACUNY, METRO, and subscribers to the U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian


$135 – Unaffiliated with any of the above


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Intended Audience:


The future of databases of electronic versions of books and serials should be of interest to everyone who works in libraries and in the publishing industry, and even the general public. In addition to the broad appeal, all reference librarians need to know what is going on in the most crucial growth areas of electronic information resources. Library managers will need to have an understanding of the budget implications for proprietary and open access databases. Academic and research librarians need to know what the issues and developments are in accessing scholarly serial electronic publications. People in the publishing community surely will want to learn about the latest developments and plans for the Google Books Library Project and Google Book Search.

Program & Speakers


8:15 – 9:00 AM: Registration


9:00 AM – Noon: Morning Program:


Moderator: Maurice J. Freedman, Conference Organizer; Publisher, The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter; and Past President, ALA


Greetings: James G. Neal, Host and Vice President for Information Services and. University Librarian, Columbia University


  1. Keynote Speaker: Yakov Shrayberg, Open Access in Russia and CIS Library and Information Space.

Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology and President of ILIAC.


Because of his preeminent leadership position in the Russian and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) library community, Yakov Shrayberg is in an expert position to discuss the plans and strategies of these nations to create a database of electronic publications held by their libraries and their perspective on the issue of open access to electronic publications. It also will be good to learn what the implications for Russia and the CIS of U.S. open access and related developments. Can such U.S. projects as the Open Knowledge Commons, SPARC, the Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, etc. serve as models for them?


Refreshments Break (10:15-10:30)


  1. Daniel Clancy, Whither the Google Books Project?
    Engineering Director for Google Book Search


What are Google’s plans for the vast electronic database it is creating of the full-text of books in the world’s great research libraries? What are Google’s short and long-range plans for access for the users of libraries that are and are not project participants? What are Google’s book search strategies and what has Google Book Search learned about how the books database is being used? What fee structure(s) are planned for the proprietary access that will be available to the general population? What key points need to be understood by librarians and publishers about the Google Book Search Settlement Agreement?


Lunch [Off-site, no host]


1:30PM Afternoon Program


  1. Heather Joseph, SPARC and Electronic Serial Publications—Open Access and
    Not-so-Open Access to the Serial Literature Vital to Research in the Scholarly Community

Executive Director, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Washington DC.


SPARC’s self-description (http://www.arl.org/sparc/about/faq/index.shtml#1) states the issues well: “SPARC is an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly communication system. These dysfunctions have reduced dissemination of scholarship and crippled libraries. SPARC serves as a catalyst for action, helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use in a networked digital environment while responding to the needs of scholars and academe.” Heather Joseph will examine the past, present, and future of open access to electronic serials databases and the impact of proprietary serial databases on scholarly research. If you are tired of being gouged for access to commercial databases—an especially charged issue in today’s economy—some alternatives and options will be offered.


Refreshments Break (2:30-2:45PM)


  1. Maura Marx, Open Access Is Free Access to Electronic Books—Multiple Projects to Create a Reservoir of Electronic Print Materials

Executive Director, Open Knowledge Commons, Boston MA


Why are such open access initiatives as the Open Knowledge Commons, the Open Content Alliance, the Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, etc. (all “open” large scale digitization projects—all alternatives to the restricted access Google Books Project) so important?


The Open Knowledge Commons is a new project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help coordinate the myriad worldwide initiatives dedicated to the goal of a universal digital library. A prime motivation for Sloan funding was the need for a central, unified advocacy organization to make the larger vision of a global, multilingual open library possible. Maura Marx will explore the issues dividing the fee-based access to the Google Books Project database and free access to information, which has been the foundation of the public library movement in the U.S.


Conclusion and Wrap-Up (3:45-4:00PM)


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Other Material


Relevant URLs:


http://www.opencontentalliance.org/ Open Content Alliance


http://www.archive.org/index.php Internet Archive


http://www.arl.org/sparc/ SPARC


http://www.google.com/googlebooks/library.html Google Books

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/technology/internet/05google.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=google%20books&st=cse NY Times article on Google Book Search


http://openknowledgecommons.org/ Open Knowledge Communs - Under construction as of this writing


http://www.iliac.org ILIAC


http://www.harrimaninstitute.org/ Harriman Institute


http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ Columbia University Libraries


http://www.unabashedlibrarian.com The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian


http://www.iliac.org/seminar/gl/index2.html [2008 Conference: Google and Libraries]


Two Analyses by Jonathon Band for ALA & ARL of the Google Library Project Settlement:


http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/googlepaprfnl.pdf [ALA only]


http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/google-settlement-13nov08.pdf [ALA and ARL]




Open Access and Libraries is the second annual one-day international conference sponsored by ILIAC and the Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries. The 2008 conference, Google and Libraries, was so successful that attendees requested that there be another conference in 2009. These conferences originated at the request of ILIAC , an international library organization based in Moscow and Washington, DC that conducts annual study tours of U.S. libraries. At the invitation of ILIAC, Maurice J. Freedman, Publisher of The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter, organized both the 2008 and 2009 conferences in consultation with ILIAC and Columbia University Libraries.


We trust that you will find this year’s conference on Open Access and Libraries stimulating, informative, and, indeed, exciting. The speakers occupy positions central to open access developments—the Executive Directors of SPARC and the Open Knowledge Commons—to the proprietary Google Books Library Project, and what is going on in Russian and CIS libraries. This should guarantee a comprehensive picture of the state of the art of open access and libraries today and for the foreseeable future.



Short Biographies of Speakers:


Dr., Prof. Yakov Shrayberg is Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (http://www.gpntb.ru/), President of ILIAC (http://www.iliac.org/) and Head of Department of Information Technologies and Electronic Libraries at Moscow University
of Culture and Arts. Dr. Shrayberg has managed several projects of Russian Federal Target Programs on information technologies and electronic libraries.


ILIAC, under Dr. Shrayberg's leadership, has been responsible for the 15 annual international Crimea Conferences, the most greatly attended conference of Russian-speaking and other librarians and exhibitors in the world.  As with last year's Fifteenth International Jubilee Crimea Conference, the Crimea Conference for 2009 will be held in Sudak, Ukraine, on the shore of the Black Sea.


Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is the Engineering Director for Google Book Search.  The goal of the Google Book Search project is to digitize the world's books and make them searchable online.  Google is working with both publishers and libraries as part of this project. Prior to coming to Google in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing both basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions.  Technology areas include Intelligent Systems, High-end Computing, Human-Centered Systems, Bio/Nanotechnology, Entry Systems and others.  In this role, Dr. Clancy played numerous roles at the agency level including participating in the team that developed the agency's plan to return men to the Moon and eventually Mars.


Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial intelligence. While in school, Dr. Clancy also worked at Trilogy Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Xerox Webster Research center. Dr. Clancy received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science and theatre.


Heather Joseph joined SPARC as director in July 2005. Heather is responsible for SPARC’s overall program development. She determines and implements SPARC goals; leads SPARC’s advocacy efforts to support widespread adoption of open access to scholarly research; identifies and negotiates partnerships with scholarly publishers; builds coalitions of support; and generally represents the interests and values of SPARC to the stakeholders in scholarly communication.


Before coming to SPARC, the culmination of Heather’s career in scholarly publishing was serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for BioOne, a SPARC publisher partner. Under her leadership, BioOne focused on helping small scholarly societies in the biological sciences remain independent and competitive in the electronic arena, while maintaining academy friendly access policies. For her work in successfully launching and establishing BioOne, Heather was awarded the 2002 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ Award for Services to Not-for-Profit Publishing. She also served as elected president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing for the 2004–2005 term.


Maura Marx began her career in Europe in development for the arts with organizations including the Guggenheim Museum (Salzburg) and Warner Brothers. She then worked as an executive in the U.S. technology sector before coming to the library world. Her accomplishments have included strategic planning, fundraising, technology planning and public relations for organizations at varying stages of growth. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Digital Commonwealth, the Massachusetts statewide digital library, and holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Middlebury College and Simmons College.


“Ms. Marx’s background in working both inside and outside the library system will help her communicate with a broad public audience the shape of the new public library services in this digital age.” said Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. “Her dynamic style,
deep-seated commitment to open principles, and demonstrated success at implementing partnerships and initiatives in the digital space …” all will contribute to her success and leadership role on the national and global stage. “We are delighted that Maura will take on this leadership role.. [of] supporting a universal digital library that is truly open, non-profit, and non-exclusive” said Doron Weber, Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “Maura will …play a leadership role on the national and global stage.”




The International Library, Information, and Analytical Center (ILIAC) is a non-profit US and Russia-based corporation established with the goal to contribute to the development of educational, scientific, cultural and business cooperation between Russia and CIS countries, and the USA and other developed countries. As part of its educational program, ILIAC promotes the regular exchange of teachers, students, and professionals. In attendance will be two-dozen or more English-speaking Russian and CIS librarians who are current study-tour participants.


The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, formerly the Russian Institute, has maintained its position as a leading center for the advancement of knowledge in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies through the research conducted by its faculty, students, fellows and visiting scholars and the training of scholars and professionals. The Harriman Institute, through its programs, conferences, lectures, and publications—including Open Access and Libraries—seeks to create a forum for intellectual exchange and the further enhancement of our students’ education.


Conference Organizer:


The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter is a quarterly serial publication for libraries of a practical nature. Begun in 1973 by Marvin H. Scilken, it has been published by Maurice J. Freedman since 2000. In addition to the magazine, U*L offers library consulting services, and conference planning. Mr. Freedman is also a Past President of the American Library Association.




We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Jenna Freedman, Barnard College Library; Richard Johnson, Consultant; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Maura Marx, Open Knowledge Commons; James Neal, Columbia University Libraries; and Ksenia Volkova, Chief Specialist, ILIAC, all of whom provided valuable suggestions and input for the organization of this program and its speakers.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Columbia University Libraries, Harriman Institute, ILIAC, and the School of International and Public Affairs for support of the conference and facilities arrangements.


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