Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Princeton Joins Google Books

Princeton University's library system has now signed on with the Google Books Project, under an agreement to digitize up to a million books within six years. Subjects and timetable are yet to be determined, according to the Princeton Packet. Those materials digitized will already be out of copyright protection.

University Librarian Karen Trainer said of Google's efforts "Research libraries for a decade have been trying to figure out how to digitize collections on their own. Nobody has been able to figure out as comprehensive and accurate and high volume a way as Google ... Having a portion of that [local history and rare books] collection not covered by copyright available online will make it easier for Princeton students and faculty to do research, and joining the Google partnership allows us to share our collection with researchers worldwide, a step very much in keeping with the university's official motto of Princeton in the nation's service and in the service of all nations."

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