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4. About the Speakers
Our interest in a national digital library was initially piqued when Google self-selected itself as the agency for the conversion into electronic format of the unique book holdings of U.S. (and some other) libraries. Google converted millions of library books into e-books and presumed that the Google BookSearch Settlement resolved the issues and contention--but the Settlement was rejected by Judge Denny Chin and has left unresolved a host of issues that were supposed to have been "e;settled"e;, many of which will be taken up at this conference. [See "e;Judge Rejects Google Book Settlement"e;, Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2011, http://tinyurl.com/64c9fs2]
Thanks to having arguably the three best speakers in the U.S. on the topics of a national digital public library (Robert Darnton), copyright issues and digital libraries (Pamela Samuelson), and the publishers' take on all of this (Tom Allen), the key issues, including the Settlement and its fallout, will receive a critical examination at this conference..
These are the speakers and recommended writings by them.
The article by Robert Darnton, "e;Google & the Future of Books"e;, New York Review of Books, February 12, 2009, is the best article I have read in the library and information field.
Robert Darnton - Brief Biography Highlights (from Amazon.com website)
He graduated from Harvard University in 1960, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, and earned a Ph.D. (D. Phil.) in history from Oxford in 1964, where he studied with Richard Cobb, among others. He worked as reporter at The New York Times from 1964 to 1965. Joining the Princeton University faculty in 1968, he was appointed Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1982. He served as President of the American Historical Association in 1999.
On July 1, 2007, he transferred to emeritus status at Princeton, and was appointed Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the Harvard University Library, succeeding Sidney Verba.
In 1983 he delivered the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, the Netherlands, under the title The Meaning of Mother Goose.
Darnton is a pioneer in the field of the history of the book. He currently is writing about electronic publishing. He is founder of the Gutenberg-e program, sponsored by Mellon Foundation.
Darnton is a trustee of the New York Public Library
Awards and honors
One of his books, The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France (New York: W.W. Norton, 1996), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 1995.
In 1999 he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur, an award given by the French government, in recognition of his work. In 2004 he was awarded the Gutenberg prize by the International Gutenberg Society.
In 2005 he received an award for distinguished achievement from the American Printing History Association.
There are far too many publications to list here, but of special interest to an audience concerned with books, libraries, and publishers, The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future. He also has contributed several pieces to The New York Review of Books on a national digital public library, Google and the book settlement, and related copyright issues.
Pamela Samuelson has written extensively on intellectual property issues and the Google BookSearch Settlement. For background, these two articles are recommended:
"e;Legally Speaking: The Dead Souls of the Google Booksearch Settlement"e;, on O'Reilly Radar web site, 17 April 2009. http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/04/legally-speaking-the-dead-soul.html
"e;Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement"e;, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Vol. 34, 2011, UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1818126, Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1818126. [Click on the "e;One Click Download"e; button.]
Pamela Samuelson - Brief Biography Highlights (excerpted from Berkeley Law Faculty Profile)
Title: Professor of Information; Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law
Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy. Since 1996, she has held a joint appointment at Berkeley Law School and UC Berkeley's School of Information. Samuelson is a director of the internationally-renowned Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. She serves on the board of directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as well as on the advisory boards for the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, and the Berkeley Center for New Media.
Samuelson began her legal career as an associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. She began her career as a legal academic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, from which she visited at Columbia, Cornell, and Emory Law Schools. While on the Berkeley faculty, she has been a distinguished visiting professor at University of Toronto Law School as well as a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne and Harvard Law Schools. She was named an honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam in 2002.
Samuelson has written and published extensively in the areas of copyright, software protection and cyberlaw. Her recent publications include: The Google Book Settlement as Copyright Reform, 2011 Wisc. L. Rev. 478; Legislative Alternatives to the Google Book Settlement, 34 Colum. J. L. & Arts (forthcoming 2011); Google Book Search and the Future of Books in Cyberspace, 94 Minn. L. Rev. 1308 (2010); Statutory Damages in U.S. Copyright Law: A Remedy in Need of Reform, 51 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 439 (2009) (with Tara Wheatland); and High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System: Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey (with Stuart J.H. Graham, Robert P. Merges, & Ted Sichelman), 24 Berkeley Technology L. J. 1255 (2010).
[In addition to the above, Samuelson has published voluminously on copyright in relation to systems, programs, and other computer-related areas. See the web site, http://tinyurl.com/4lev2d for the list of articles.]
Since 1990, Samuelson has been a contributing editor of Communications of the ACM, a computing professionals journal respected for its coverage of existing and emerging technologies, for which she has written more than sixty "e;Legally Speaking"e; columns. From 1997 through 2002, Samuelson was a fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery. The Anita Borg Institute honored Samuelson with its Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in 2005, and the public interest organization Public Knowledge awarded her its IP3 Award for her contributions to Internet law and policy in October 2010.
B.A., University of Hawaii (1971)
M.A., University of Hawaii (1972)
J.D., Yale University (1976)
Pamela Samuelson is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at New York University.
Tom Allen - One is urged to examine the Association of American Publishers (AAP) website for commentary on publishers' views on Google, digital libraries, and the BookSearch Settlement and its fallout.
Tom Allen - Brief Biography taken from the AAP website
In April 2009, former Congressman Tom Allen joined the Association of American Publishers as its President and Chief Executive Officer. As President of the AAP, Mr. Allen seeks to foster the association's ongoing mission of protecting copyright in the ever-changing landscape of the digital world and help publishers meet 21st-century challenges.
In 1996 Mr. Allen was elected to Congress and served the people of the 1st District of Maine from 1996-2008. As a Member of Congress, Mr. Allen served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Budget Committee, the Armed Services Committee, and Government Reform Committee. On the Energy and Commerce Committee Mr. Allen worked on a range of issues, from health care to climate change to telecommunications legislation. He also co-founded the House Oceans Caucus, which was created to raise awareness on the need for a coordinated global oceans resources policy.
From 1974 until 1993, Mr. Allen practiced law at the firm Drummond Woodsum Plimpton and MacMahon, where he was a partner and member of the Board of Directors. During this time he also served on Portland City Council from 1989-1995 and as Mayor of Portland.
Mr. Allen was born and raised in Portland, Maine. After graduating from Deering High School, where he was co-captain of the Deering Football team as well as senior Class President, Mr. Allen studied at Bowdoin College where he received a B.A. in English. After graduating from Bowdoin, he received a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, from which he received a B.Phil in Politics in 1970. He worked a year in Washington for U.S. Senator Ed Muskie and then attended Harvard Law School and graduated with a J.D. in 1974.
"e;I've been passionate about books and reading my whole life. That's why I'm excited to be working on behalf of those who produce these great tools of education, entertainment and information,"e; said Mr. Allen.
Yakov Shrayberg - Brief information that follows is taken from the 2010 ILIAC-Columbia-U*L Annual Conference.
Probably one of the most influential librarians in Russia and Russian language librarianship, Yakov Shrayberg has numerous appointments, publications, and distinctions.
Dr., Prof. Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia (http://www.gpntb.ru/), is President of the International Library Information and Analytic Center (ILIAC) (http://www.iliac.org/) and Head of the Department of Information Technologies and Electronic Libraries at Moscow University of Culture and Arts. Shrayberg is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Russian journal, Scientific and Technical Libraries.
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 18 annual international Crimea Conferences, and is the largest conference of Russian-speaking (and other) librarians and exhibitors in the world. As with the 2011 International Crimea Conference, the Nineteenth annual conference scheduled for June 2012 will be held in Sudak, Ukraine, on the shore of the Black Sea.
Shrayberg's Ph.D. is in the Technical Sciences, and was conferred by Moscow State University of Culture and Arts.
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