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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

U of Lausanne joins Google Library project

Switzerland's University of Lausanne has joined the Google Library Project, making it Google's 15th library partner and the fourth from a non-English speaking country.

From yesterday's announcement on the Google Book Search blog:

Today the Library of the University of Lausanne announced it is the latest partner to join the Google Book Search Library Project. This is great news for the preservation of Swiss cultural heritage and for Francophones like myself, who are thrilled about the addition of even more public domain French books to the index....

During the last century, the University of Lausanne has been one of the pioneers in library automation in Switzerland as well as the rest of Europe. In fact, the idea of opening up the library's collections to the world (thousands of books in the public domain) has been entertained for many years by the director and his staff. Today, in 2007, through a shared vision with the government of the Canton de Vaud (who supports this major cultural initiative) and a broad partnership with Google, this dream becomes a reality....