June 6, 2007
Hogan, Baker Comment On UI-Google Book Search Project Partnership
Michael J. Hogan, University of Iowa executive vice president and provost, and University Librarian Nancy Baker issued the following statement to the UI campus community this morning regarding the UI's partnership -- as part of a consortium of 12 research universities -- with the Google Book Search Project:
Faculty, Staff, and Students:
We want to let you know that today the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) -- a consortium of 12 research universities, including The University of Iowa -- is announcing that its members have entered into an agreement with Google to become partners in the Google Book Search project. This means that Google will work with the libraries at all of the CIC institutions to digitize distinctive portions of their collections, making those works searchable and easier to access, and preserving many materials that are fragile or deteriorating.
Over the next several years, Google will scan up to 10 million volumes from the CIC libraries, including public domain and in-copyright works, within the guidelines of copyright law. Public domain materials will be viewable, searchable, and downloadable in their entirety. For materials under copyright protection, a search will result in basic information (such as book title and author's name), plus a snippet of text surrounding the search term. Users seeking further information from the text will be directed to avenues for library access or purchase.
This agreement anticipates the CIC's intention to create a shared digital repository so that each university can "deposit" its digitized public domain files into a commonly funded and managed data storage system. Eventually, this will give students and faculty convenient, desktop access to a vast array of public domain materials from across our 12 institutions.
Access to information and research materials is crucial to the teaching and research missions of a public research university like the University of Iowa, and making those materials available to the public is a very important part of our service mission. This partnership with Google and with our fellow CIC institutions represents an exciting opportunity to take a giant step forward in all of those areas.
We encourage you to learn more about the CIC and about today's announcement by visiting http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/digitalbooks.
Michael J. Hogan
Executive Vice President and Provost
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.
CONTACTS: UI Provost Michael Hogan, 319-335-3565; UI Librarian Nancy Baker, 319-335-5867.