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February 7, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Columbia University Collaborates With Microsoft on Digitization Project

Columbia University ( and Microsoft Corp. ( are collaborating on an initiative to digitize a large number of books from Columbia University Libraries ( and to make them available to internet users. With the support of the Open Content Alliance (OCA;, publicly available print materials in Columbia Libraries will be scanned, digitized, and indexed to make them readily accessible through Live Search Books (

Columbia University and Microsoft are partners in the Open Content Alliance, along with the Boston Library Consortium, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Toronto among others. The alliance, which has made open access a core component of its mission, is scanning only out-of-copyright materials.

Columbia University Libraries is playing a key role in book selection and in setting quality standards for the digitized materials. Microsoft will digitize selected portions of the libraries’ collections of American history, literature, and humanities works with the specific areas to be decided mutually by Microsoft and Columbia during the early phase of the project. Microsoft will give the library high-quality digital images of all the materials, allowing the library to provide worldwide access through its own digital library and to share the content with noncommercial academic initiatives and nonprofit organizations.

Note: In December 2007, Columbia University joined the Google Book Search Library Project (

Source: Columbia University

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