Tuesday, April 3, 2007 10:07 AM
One of the questions people ask most frequently of the libraries that have joined the Google Books Library Project is "what are you doing with your copy of the digital file?" (after we scan a book from a library for the Google Book Search index, we return a digital copy of the file along with the physical book). The answer? It depends on the particular goals of each library. In the April 2007 issue of Searcher magazine, librarians Jill Grogg and Beth Ashmore have a nice piece exploring the question, including responses from representatives at many of our partner libraries.
If the article piques your interest and you're heading to ALA in Washington, D.C. in a couple of months, you're in luck. Many of these same folks will be there, participating in a LITA panel along with Book Search product manager Adam Smith. You can hear more about how the project is going and ask your own questions. (Psst...if you're already working out your weekend itinerary, the session, called The Google Five Libraries: Two Years, Six Months, and Seven Days in the Life of the Google Library Project, is currently slated for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd.)
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