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Alexander Bobilev, Principal, iJet Inc, has been appointed ILIAC Acting President....
"Google & Libraries"

An International Conference Sponsored by ILIAC,

The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, and METRO


School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive


Monday, March 10, 2008, 8:30AM – 4:30PM


Program & Speakers


KeynoteGoogle and the Libraries of Russia & the CIS.

Yakov Shrayberg, Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (Moscow), and President of ILIAC.


Reference Retooled: How Google Tools

Strengthen and Streamline Reference Service
Jill Cirasella,
Assistant Professor and Computational Sciences Specialist, 
Brooklyn College Library


Google, Digitization Projects, & Library Contracts. 
Laura Quilter,
Attorney-at-Law, Librarian, and Consultant on 
Open Source Licensing, Employee Intellectual Property Rights, and Related Topics


The Googlization of Everything.

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Law,

University of Virginia; author of 
Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (2007)

What hath Google wrought? Is Google a boon or threat to libraries, librarians, and support staff?

What will become of access to library collections after they have been scanned by Google, Microsoft, and the Digital Archive? Who will “own” them and what kind of access will there be? Is there a future for libraries, librarians, and support staff? What will become of the print medium and the rest of the information that does not, or cannot be made to, reside on the Web? What is the impact of Google on the libraries of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially in view of the importance to them of Cyrillic and other non-Roman alphabet information?

Google and Libraries originated as part of a 2008 ILIAC study tour for librarians from Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to meet and exchange ideas with Slavic librarians. Google and Libraries has been broadened so that there is a greatly expanded focus on U.S. Google-related issues. If you want to know more about the impact of Google on the future of libraries and library work, you should attend Google and Libraries.


Program & Speakers

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration & Refreshments

Introductions: Greetings from Columbia University Libraries, ILIAC, and the Chair of the Conference Committee

9:00 AM - Morning Program:

  1. Yakov ShraybergKeynote SpeechGoogle and the Libraries of Russia and the CIS.
  2. Director General of the Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (http://www.iliac.org/), and President of ILIAC. ILIAC, under Mr. Shrayberg’s leadership, has been responsible for the 14 annual international Crimea Conferences, the most greatly attended conference of Russian-speaking and other librarians and exhibitors in the world. 2008 will be the year of the Fifteen International Jubilee: Crimea Conference 2008, to be held in Sudak, Ukraine, on the shore of the Black Sea.


  3. Jill CirasellaReference Retooled: How Google Tools Strengthen and Streamline Reference Service.
  4. Ms. Cirasella (http://userhome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/cirasella/), Assistant Professor and Computational Sciences Specialist, Brooklyn College Library, has published and spoken extensively on Google and reference services, as well as librarianship for quantum computing.  She has a B.A. in computer science from Amherst College, an M.S. in library and information science from Simmons College, and an M.S. in logic from the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands (funded by a Netherland-America Foundation Fulbright Grant). Ms. Cirasella is author of "Google Sets, Google Suggest, and Google Search History: Three More Tools for the Reference Librarian's Bag of Tricks." Reference Librarian 48.1 (2007), and more.

    Lunch [included and served on the premises]

    1:00PM Afternoon Program

  5. Laura Quilter, Google, Digitization Projects, & Contracts.
  6. Ms. Quilter (http://lquilter.net/) is an attorney-at-law, a librarian and a world authority on intellectual property issues. Since 2005 she has been in private practice, doing research, and consulting for non-profit organizations in matters concerning open source licensing, employee intellectual property rights, cultural economy, municipal wireless, "long tail" economics, and related topics. Ms. Quilter also was Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law. (Feb. 2006 - Feb. 2007), and the Coordinator of the Fair Use Network, of the Free Expression Policy Project. Ms. Quilter has written and spoken in a myriad of written, online, and public venues. She has a B.A. from New College, University of Alabama; a M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky; and J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

    According to Ms. Quilter: “…To facilitate digital distribution and reproduction in a permissions culture, traditional legal norms and library practices need to be retrofitted.“. “


  7. Siva VaidhyanathanThe Googlization of Everything

Mr. Vaidhyanathan (http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/Faculty.nsf/PrFHPbW/sv2r;http://www.sivacracy.net/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siva_Vaidhyanathan), is Associate Professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia. A cultural historian and media scholar, he is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). His most recent book (with Carolyn de la Peсa) is the edited collection, Rewiring the Nation: the Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

After five years as a professional journalist, Mr. Vaidhyanathan earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also earned his B.A. He is a fellow at both the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book. Mr. Vaidhyanathan has appeared on The Daily Show.

Conclusion of Conference & Wrap-Up



Please register by using the link Google and Libraries, on the METRO web site:


Attendance Charge (includes refreshments and lunch):


Columbia University Libraries Staff: $50

METRO Member Library Staff: $75

Non-METRO Library Staff & Others: $90



The International Library, Information, and Analytical Center (ILIAC) is a non-profit US-based corporation of international status set up with the goal to contribute to the development of educational, scientific, cultural and business cooperation between Russia and CIS countries, and the USA and other developed countries. As part of its educational program, ILIAC promotes the regular exchange of teachers, students, and library professionals. In attendance will be two-dozen or more English-speaking Russian and CIS librarians who are visiting study-tour participants.

The Harriman Institute and Columbia University Libraries, formerly the Russian Institute, has maintained its position as a leading center for the advancement of knowledge in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies through the research conducted by its faculty, students, fellows and visiting scholars and the training of scholars and professionals. The Harriman Institute, through its programs, conferences, lectures, and publications, seeks to create a forum for intellectual exchange and the further enhancement of our students’ education.

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. METRO's services are developed and delivered with broad input and support from an experienced staff of library professionals, the organization's member libraries, an active board of trustees, government representatives and other experts in research and library operations.


Google and Libraries Planning Committee:


MembersJenna Freedman, Coordinator of Reference Services and Zine Librarian, Barnard College Library; Jared Ingersoll, Director, Central Library, Vanderbilt University; Ksenia Volkova, Chief Specialist, Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology (Moscow), and ILIAC Representative

Chair, Maurice J. Freedman, Publisher, The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library good’SM letter; and Past President, American Library Association

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