Google Plans Giant Online Library Stack ; the Search Engine Will Team Up with Five Famous Libraries to Digitize Their Collections

By Peter Grier and Amanda Paulson writers of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, December 15, 2004 | Go to article overview

Google Plans Giant Online Library Stack ; the Search Engine Will Team Up with Five Famous Libraries to Digitize Their Collections


Peter Grier and Amanda Paulson writers of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


Ever dream of browsing library stacks via your laptop?

Well, boot up, bibliophile. That vision took a big step toward becoming reality this week, as Internet search-engine firm Google and five big libraries announced plans to create a giant online reading room.

Transferring volumes of print into scannable digital material is far from a new idea, of course. For years, libraries have scanned or typed some of their collections into computers. Efforts such as Project Gutenberg have created virtual shelves of e-books from items in the public domain.

But the new agreement marries some of the biggest research libraries in the world with a cutting-edge corporation. Experts say Google has two things most academic institutions lack: money and computer technology. Lots and lots of technology.

"Personally, I think this could be a really amazing partnership," says Matthew Gibson, head of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia.

Under the deal announced late Monday, material from the New York Public Library and four major university libraries - Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Oxford - will be indexed on Google.

Not all these institutions are participating in the same manner. The New York Public Library is letting Google scan only material that is in the public domain - that is, whose copyright has expired. Harvard is submitting a relatively small sample of 40,000 books so it can see how Google's technology works. Only Michigan and Stanford have agreed to allow computerization of all their holdings.

Nor does this necessarily mean readers will be able to see "The DaVinci Code" for free. While public domain material will be available in its entirety, only snippets of books still under copyright will appear. And it will be years before the project is complete. At Michigan, for example, the library stacks contain about some 132 miles of books. Google hopes to get the digitization job at UM done in six years, according to John Wilkin, Michigan associate university librarian. "We feel this is part of the mission of a great public university - reaching out to the public with the resources that we have," he says. …

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