[Web4lib] Google Debuts 200 Year News Archive Search

Rudy Leon rudy.leon at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 13:13:17 EDT 2006

It's not just a link resolver issue -- it sounds like ProQuest is actively
working around allowing subscribing institutions to access their
subscriptions when using the google news search process. If ProQuest allowed
google to publish the link to a standard ProQuest database, our users could
access those articles to which the library has subscription access. By
having it in this 'archiver" address, we are shut out.

Oh and wouldn't it be lovely if that other major news database allowed
article-level linking? We can't really blame Google for that quirk.

On 9/6/06, Jonathan Rochkind <rochkind at jhu.edu> wrote:
> How can we and Google make this work with our link resolvers to direct
> patrons to content we already pay for, like Google Scholar does?
> A big problem is that our databases most likely to contain newspaper
> content do not work that well with link resolver linking (not
> neccesarily allowing article level linking). But at least it would
> notify the user that they could get the content for free. Is the user
> willing to pay $5 to avoid dealing with our bad interfaces? Possibly.
> Another problem is that public libraries probably don't have link
> resolvers right now. I think they soon will need to.
> A final potential problem is that Google's publisher partners may not be
> happy about Google directing users away from their revenue stream, and
> Google may not be willing to make them unhappy in this way.
> Jonathan

Rudy Leon
Instruction & Collection Development Librarian
College Libraries
SUNY Potsdam
(315) 267-3309
AIM: leonre3309

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