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University of Wisconsin–Madison Joins Google Books Library Project

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has become the latest library to join the Google Books Library Project (http://books.google.com), according to an Oct. 11 Google announcement.

By joining the Google project, UW-Madison will expand the accessibility of its 7.2 million public and historical materials from the UW-Madison libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society library (WHS). The collections are ranked 11th in North America by the Association of Research Libraries in Washington, D.C.

"Wisconsin is in a position to take a leading role in making the primary documents of U.S. government history freely accessible on the Internet for anyone to find and use," according to UW-Madison provost Patrick Farrell.

Initially, the Wisconsin project will focus on library collections that are free of copyright restrictions. Last year, controversy ensued when a group of authors and publishers filed a lawsuit against Google to block the company from scanning copyrighted library books. Those users who are interested in looking for information within the Wisconsin collection will be able to use Google Book Search to find the full text and locate the printed works digitized from the UW-Madison and WHS collections. For copyrighted books, users will receive the book's basic background (title and author), a few lines of text related to their search, and information about where they can buy the book. Publishers and authors who don't want their books digitized will be excluded.

Other partners in the Google Books Library Project include the University of California, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, Oxford University, and the Universidade Complutense de Madrid. Google is also conducting a pilot project with the Library of Congress.

Source: Google, Inc. (http://www.google.com)



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