November 22, 2017

GBS: Google Wins Stay From U.S. Appeals Court on E-Books Case

From Bloomberg: Google Inc. (won a bid to delay a copyright lawsuit by the Authors Guild of America over the company’s plans to digitally scan millions of books while it appeals a decision that allows the plaintiffs to sue as a class. U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan […]

Google Allowed to Appeal Class Action Status of Authors Guild Case

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will allow Google to appeal the class action status of the seven-year old Google Inc. v. Authors Guild case, the court announced in an order this morning. Decertifying the case would force Author’s Guild members who dispute the digitization of their works to sue Google individually. Google has argued that many authors have benefited economically from its Google Books project, and whether a scan violated copyright or was protected under fair use doctrine should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Joyce Valenza’s Picks: Back-to-School Edition

From a new 4-D storytelling software program to the creation of a maker space in her own library, Joyce Valenza has had a busy summer. Catch up on all the tips from a season’s worth of content at her SLJ blog NeverEndingSearch.

Google Seeks Dismissal of Authors Guild Case [UPDATED]

Arguing that authors have suffered no economic harm from the scanning of more than 15 million books, Google on Friday filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the long-running Authors Guild v. Google case. The motion states that the digitized books, and the Google Books service that they enable, are “not a substitute for the [physical] books themselves—readers still must buy a book from a store or borrow it from a library to read it. Rather, Google Books is an important advance on the card-catalogue method of finding books,” that allows full-text searching.

Google Debuts New Service for Libraries at ALA Conference | ALA Annual 2012

The Internet giant takes a small table and pitches a free map service.

Google Gigabyte to Help Kansas City Libraries Close Digital Divide

Kansas City librarians and other officials are in a unique position to potentially transform the public libraries and schools into even greater digital education hubs in the near future, with a little help from a new Google high speed digital Internet servic

The Best Sites for Collaborative Online Studying

These tools enable students to connect, share notes, and work through difficult problems together.

Google Launches Site to Teach Better Searching

Google’s new Search Education hub offers leveled lesson plans for K-12, search activities from AGoogleADay, and an archive of webinars.

All the News that’s Fit to Tap and Swipe: Comparing news apps Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Google Currents

SLJ reviews the top news apps—including Google Currents—along with tips for using these tools with students.

Ready to set up a Skype session in your classroom or library? Here’s how.

Step-by-step instructions on setting up Skype for a virtual author visit.