Magazine article American Libraries

University of California Joins Google Library Project

Magazine article American Libraries

University of California Joins Google Library Project

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The University of California joined five other research libraries August 9 in Google's efforts to digitize books and provide access to their contents through its search engine. The deal covers more than 100 libraries on the university's 10 campuses, with collections totaling more than 34 million volumes.

The search-engine company launched the Google Books Library Project in December 2004 in partnership with Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford Universities; the University of Michigan; and New York Public Library (AL, Jan. 2005, p. 26-27). Search results allow users to look at the full text of a book if it is in the public domain, but only allow relevant snippets of text if the title is protected by copyright.

The Association of American Publishers has filed a lawsuit to block the Google project on the basis of copyright infringement (AL, Nov. 2005, p. 22-23). Allen Adler, AAP vice president of legal and government relations, told the Associated Press that UC's action was "a curious decision to make, given the pending litigation and legal uncertainties" surrounding the project. "Obviously we're concerned with the sentiments and interests of our publishing partners," Dan Greenstein, university librarian for systemwide library planning, said in the August 9 Cnet online news. …

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