This sounds like a good way to spend an hour next week - I'm registered!
Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by John P. Wilkin and Reginald Carr, and the topic will be "Google’s Library Digitization Project: Reports from Michigan and Oxford."
Late last year, Google announced agreements with five major libraries (Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford University, and Stanford University) to embark on a massive digitization project, holding out the promise of online full-text searching and expanded digital access for tens of millions of volumes. The Google project envisions a major shift not only in the way library resources are delivered to patrons but also in digital technologies and culture. Each of the five participating libraries negotiated its own terms and schedule with Google. During this session, Wilkin (University of Michigan) and Carr (Oxford University) will discuss the project’s history as well as future plans and dreams.