Amy Goodman from Democracy Now interviews Brian DeShazor the director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. He talks about finding a lost speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
So, this recording, this archive is an American treasure, and every citizen in America, I hope, understands that this collection, we want to be able to make it accessible to you, the public. We want it to be in the classrooms. We want it to be in high schools. We want universities to have this for their scholarly research and their scholarly endeavors. And that will make history change. It will be able to have us, the political left, Free photo effectsif you will, the progressive left, the record of the activism available for history in the future. And if we donâ€™t preserve this deteriorating, fragile tape, then that history will be lost, and weâ€™ll lose the connection with our elders, like Dr. King. This very speech, this may have the quote that inspires somebody to take the next step in our fight for racial equality and justice in America.
I was lucky enough to catch Brewster Kahle talking with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now on my drive home from NJLA. I feel like I’m pretty up on what’s going on with Google and the Internet Archive and book scanning. What I didn’t know is how Google’s agreements with libraries are hindering the IA’s access, not because of the contracts, but just because of differing priorities. The video and transcript are now available online.
AMY GOODMAN: Explain what you mean when you say itâ€™s not legally required. You mean in the contract, what they have with Google? And so, if Google was here, theyâ€™d say, â€œWe didnâ€™t say they couldnâ€™t give it to Internet Archive. Thatâ€™s their prerogative.â€
BREWSTER KAHLE: Correct, that basically Google didnâ€™t put it in their contract. Yet from a libraryâ€™s perspective, why have a book scanned twice? Itâ€™s wear and tear on the books. If they think thatâ€”and they wouldnâ€™t have signed it if they didnâ€™t think that the Google thing was a good idea. But now that theyâ€™ve signed this with Google, they donâ€™t want it scanned again. And this is a problem, because the books, even the out-of-copyright books, are locked up perpetually.