Head of France’s National Library Not Happy With Google Library Project

Google book plan sparks French war of words from Reuters notes that the head of France’s national library (Bibliothèque nationale de France) is concerned with Google’s plan to digitize library books. Why?

Jean-Noel Jeanneney, who heads France’s national library and is a noted historian, says Google’s choice of works is likely to favour Anglo-Saxon ideas and the English language.

He wants the European Union to balance this with its own programme and its own Internet search engines.

“It is not a question of despising Anglo-Saxon views … It is just that in the simple act of making a choice, you impose a certain view of things,” Jeanneney told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday.

As we pointed out in a post earlier this week, some details about Google’s plans to digitize library books are still not fully known. However, in the millions of volumes from the outstanding library collections that Google plans to digitize, many viewpoints in many languages will be included. Btw, It’s also worth mentioning that many other book digitization programs are working to make material available. I’m sure more projects from France and elsewhere would also be welcomed.

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