Google Celebrates Your Freedom to Read, Unless, of Course, You’re in China

Leslie Burger, the president of the American Library Association is helping Google celebrate Banned Books Week, taking place this year Sept. 23-30. Her post at Google's blog encourages us to visit google.com/bannedbooks, where we can use Google Book Search to…

NJ Librarian ensnared in privacy conflict

NorthJersey.com reports of a local librarian who told police they would need a subpoena before she would turn over the circulation records of a man who had allegedly made sexually threatening comments to a 12-year-old girl outside the library. The…

One College Librarian Worries About ‘Atomizing’ Books…

Siva also points to this Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association, a critic of Google's library project. The summary:Mr. Gorman, who is dean of library services at California State University at Fresno,…

France’s Top Librarian Attacks Google Online Library

TechNewsWorld reports that The National Library of France is not happy with Google's effort to scan and integrate millions of books into its Web search. Jean-Noel Jeanneney, President of the library, wrote in an editorial that he is concerned Google's…

Is Google Watching Your Library Visits?

(via Google Weblog) Daniel Brandt at Google-Watch points out the possibility that Google's personally identifiable cookie could enable the FBI or other government authorities to see what books you read using Google Library via a subpoena. His particular concern is…