Google Will Soon Begin Scanning About 50,000 Books from Michigan State University Libraries

In December, we posted that Google was about to begin scanning books from two libraries in Italy and The Ohio St. University.

Today, news about Google’s plan to digitize books from Michigan St. University.

From MSU Today:

Books from the Michigan State University Libraries will soon be digitized by Google to become part of the Google Books website.

MSU’s participation is part of Google’s contract with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of Midwestern universities.

“Altogether Google will be digitizing about 50,000 titles from our collection,” said Nancy Fleck, associate director for technical services and systems. “The first batch will be officially handed over to Google on Feb. 12, and digitization will take about four weeks.”

MSU shipments will continue until the summer of 2014.

The books digitized from CIC libraries are also available through the HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership among 71 university libraries.

MSU Libraries Director Cliff Haka explains the importance of projects like the Google Books digitization.

“As a land grant institution, MSU seeks to disseminate information across the state of Michigan and around the world,” he said. “The Google project will make a portion of our extensive holdings universally available, which contributes to our land-grant mission.”

See Also: Learn More About Google’s Agreement with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation

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