Library Journal has a thorough article reporting on the panel on the Google Books settlement that happened at Midwinter.
Mitch Freedman, past president of ALA, wondered about changes to the â€œfree to allâ€ ideology of libraries, asking whether Google would permit, as do other databases, site licenses for public libraries. [Google’s Dan] Clancy said that, given the consumer market, there was no agreement on remote access, but that could change down the road. â€œAuthors and publishers were not comfortable with remote access.â€ While Freedman said that issue was resolved with database publishers, Clancy responded that those publishers donâ€™t have a model aimed at consumers. He noted that â€œthe challenge of selling into this market is not Googleâ€™s core competence,â€ so consortial discounts are authorized in the agreement.