Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books May 3, 5pm, HSSB 6020

Openness may seem self-evident as a principle of library policy, but libraries have often been closed and the world of knowledge in general has been fenced off by commercial interests intent on making profit at the expense of public good.  Commercialization and democratization run through the history of copyright right up to the present, when Google Book Search dramatized the need to strike a proper balance between private profit and public good.  The Digital Public Library of America will redress that balance by making the cultural heritage of America available, free of charge, to all americans and in fact to everyone in the world.  Digitize, Democratize is Sponsored by the IHC's Public Goods series and the UCSB Library