Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web, really?

Quick quiz: when you read a headline like the one in the New York Times today Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web do you think that the libraries involved are

a) sticking up for free access to information
b) prohibiting free access to information

Now read the article and tell me if you feel the same way. The article was also published in the International Herald Tribune with the title Research libraries close their books to Google and Microsoft which was where I read it at FreeGovInfo yesterday.

oh Ms. Dewey

This is why people love avatars, because there is always a chance when you find some attractive woman to play a central role in your new human-ish search interface, it will turn out that she’s appeared naked someplace. [thanks michael!]