link to University Library sitelink to nclis siteScholarship and Libraries in Transition:
A Dialogue about the Impacts of Mass Digitization Projects



Webcast: Panel Session - Economics

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Ronald Milne (moderator), Acting Director of University Library Services & Bodley’s Librarian, Oxford
Paul Courant, Professor, University of Michigan
Karl Pohrt, Owner, Shaman Drum Bookshop
Hal Varian, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

There are many approaches to thinking about the economic impact of digitization initiatives such as the Google partnership with the University of Michigan. For example, there will be impact on the local economy, as Google hires staff and develops a presence in the area. Due to the high profile of this partnership, the State will be seen as more of a center of technological development and innovation, and will attract businesses in the technology sector. State government may change its approach to funding libraries and universities as a result of the mass digitization. Finally, the digitization itself will have a broad impact on national and even international economy, as this content becomes available. This partnership will spark changes in scholarly communications, publishing, and education, as discussed in other panels, and all of these issues will have economic aspects.

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