It’s a pretty exciting time to be a library student here in the Boston area. With the recent rejection of the Google Books settlement and the building of momentum behind the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative, in incubation just across the Charles at Harvard’s Berkman Center.
The New York Times has posted an editorial addressing the rejection of the Google Books settlement. James Grimmelmann, a law professor affiliated with the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, provided a legal analysis of Judge Chin’s decision. Robert Darnton, the director of the Harvard University Library contributed an op-ed piece discussing the Google Books decision and the DPLA in the New York Times.
John Palfrey posted a concept note drafted by the DPLA steering committee, sparking extensive discussions on the DPLA mailing list. An article in today’s New York Times on the DPLA includes an interview with Robert Darnton.
For students who are interested in the DPLA initiative, it’s worth following the discussions on the DPLA mailing list. Also, an upcoming event hosted by the GSLIS Alumni Board, GSLIS After Dark, will feature a speech by alumna Maura Marx, whose work at the Berkman focuses on the DPLA.