Google Digitizing 1 Million UMN Books

University of Minnesota Libraries send Google first shipment

Contacts: Marlo Welshons, University Libraries, welsh066@umn.edu, (612) 625-9148
Patty Mattern, University News Service, mattern@umn.edu, (612) 624-2801

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/20/2010) -- The University of Minnesota Libraries are sending the first shipment of books to Google this month, to be digitized as part of the Google Books project (books.google.com). When complete, the multi-year project will have digitized more than 1 million volumes (books and bound journals) from the Libraries' general collections.

Among the volumes included will be selections from Minnesota's distinctive collections related to forestry, bee-keeping and Scandinavian literature and area studies. Other titles identified as candidates for digitization are the 1916 document "A preliminary survey of the more important archives of the territory and state of Minnesota," a 1918 book "Minnesota election laws in theory and practice," and an undated volume titled "Economic development of Minnesota: 1849-1873, from the messages of the governors."

The scanning project is part of a 2007 agreement between Google and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC, the academic arm of the Big Ten Conference) to digitize upwards of 10 million unique volumes from the collections of CIC libraries that signed the agreement.

When the works scanned are determined to be in the public domain, Google will provide the libraries with copies of the digital files created through the project, which will be archived in the HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a non-profit shared digital repository launched by the CIC with an ever-expanding number of supporting institutions.

According to Peggy Johnson, associate university librarian, "This initiative is an example of the kinds of cooperation -- both among peers and with outside parties--that will further access to the collective resources held in our libraries. The Google project, coupled with programs to coordinate preservation of print collections, offers promise for effective and sustained access to library collections in the future."

Learn more on the Google Digitization Project Website.

Press Links:

Minnesota Public Radio NewsQ: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/21/google-digital-books-uofm/

The Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/books/91797274.html

KARE  -TV: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=848595

KSTP - TV: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S1524704.shtml

WCCO - TV: http://wcco.com/local/books.google.archive.2.1649265.html

A story is also slated to appear this week on Minnov8 at: http://minnov8.com/

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