If you are going to AALL in Seattle in the coming few days, plan to attend the session co-sponsored by LIPA, “Mass Digitization in the Law Library: Obstacles and Opportunities.” The program will feature informative news and analysis from David Hansen, Digital Library Fellow at the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project at UC Berkeley School of Law. This fall David is joining the law library at University of North Carolina. David will discuss various mass digitization projects of legal and other materials, summarize the lawsuits that have arisen (Google Books, Hathi Trust, etc.), and describe the Copyright Office’s recent notice of inquiry regarding the phenomenon of orphan works, a troubling obstacle for libraries embarking on large digitization projects. He will also discuss emerging best practices, and will address non-copyright issues related to these projects, such as privacy, technology, and preservation. Come equipped with questions and accounts based on your own experiences. David has presented at a number of conferences and symposia, and has written extensively about the topics he will address at AALL.

Dean C. Rowan, Director of Research & Reference Services at Berkeley Law Library, will moderate the program. “Mass Digitization” is educational session F5, scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, at 8:30 a.m. in rooms 615-617. Hope to see many of you there.