Scholarly Research and Source Validation in the Age of Google

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SPONSORED BY: Oxford University Press and Library Journal
SCHEDULED EVENT DATE: Tuesday, September 21, 2010– 3:00 PM EDT – 60 minutes

Librarians, scholars, and publishers alike are asking questions about how to manage the increasing amount of unverified content (both good and bad) that is now easily available through our computers. We are all drowning in it. The situation poses a particularly challenging problem in the educational arena, where students and scholars need reliable sources of information. Whether today’s researchers are doing initial research for a book, working on a doctoral dissertation, or an undergraduate term paper, it’s harder and harder to know what sources to consult. Register now to hear our esteemed panel, moderated by Library Journal’s Cheryl LaGuardia discuss this crisis of validation in the Google age, and the new roles that Libraries, Publishers and Scholars play in the culture of information overload.


Casper Grathwohl is Vice President and Online and Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press. In his 13 years at OUP, he has led the transition of Oxford’s renowned dictionary and reference list into one of the leading online academic publishing programs in the world. Most recently he oversaw the build and launch of Oxford Bibliographies Online and Oxford Dictionaries Online. Prior to OUP, Casper worked for both Princeton University Press and Columbia University Press. He currently splits his time between New York and Oxford managing the two online and reference centers of the Press.

Luis F. Rodriguez is the University Librarian at the Nancy Thompson Library of Kean University. Mr. Rodriguez is a past president of the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section/New Jersey Association of College and Research Libraries Chapter and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He currently serves as the legislative representative for the group, as well as the New Jersey Legislative Advocate for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Margaret King is a Professor of Renaissance History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her publications include Women of the Renaissance, The Renaissance in Europe and Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History. King received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1967 and her PhD from Stanford University in 1972. She has taught at Brooklyn College since 1972 and at the Graduate Center since 1987.

Moderator: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University, Cambridge; author of the e-Views Blog and e-Reviews columns for Library Journal and Editor of Bowkers’ Magazines for Libraries

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