Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Princeton joins Google Books project

Princeton announced they were joining the Google Books project yesterday:
A new partnership between the Princeton University Library and Google soon will make approximately 1 million books in Princeton's collection available online in a searchable format. In a move designed to open Princeton's vast resources to a broad international audience, the library will work with Google over the next six years to digitize books that are in the public domain and no longer under copyright. The partnership is part of the Google Books Library Project, which digitizes books from major libraries and makes it possible for Internet users to search the collections through Google Book Search.
This stuff bothers me no end. I don't get it! I will once again invoke Brewster Kahle's comments on this whole sordid affair:
Pretty much Google is trying to set themselves up as the only place to get to these materials; the only library; the only access. The idea of having only one company control the library of human knowledge is a nightmare.
This is very troubling indeed! Could we please get behind the Open Content Alliance. The last time I visited this topic there was only one land-grant on the list of universities supporting the OCA. I am happy to report that there are now three: University of California, University of Georgia, and the University of Illinois. Wooo hoooo! Where are the rest?

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