In constructing his argument, Keller provided these facts (quoting Weibel):
- Digitization of the card catalog resulted in a 50 % increase in book usage
- Google indexing is the #1 driver of article usage in High Wire – by a large margin (10 to 1 beyond the next highest, if I understood him correctly)
- Metadata searching (what Keller describes as subtle searching), in combination with novel methods of taxonomic search and citation cross-linking, dramatically improves discovery and navigation within large result sets.
Keller makes several excellent points, which you'll find if you read the post. But the one that stood out to me was (quoting Weibel):
Stepping away from the somewhat daunting implications for libraries, Keller suggested that the most important thing about GBS is that it has occasioned a great debate about the importance of copyright in the intellectual life of the nation (and the world).The debate is occurring because there is a conflict-- real or perceived -- over adherence to the law and providing access. There is also a debate because users can see that access is being limited because of copyright. Users are being directly affected, which forces them to learn about this debate and have an opinion about it. Those who follow copyright, like myself, know of legal cases that have caused industries to wake up to copyright (e.g., Tasini and American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc.), but this action is causing users to wake up. And that is good thing.
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