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Thursday, June 26, 2008

UM digital book collection growing rapidly

Roy Tennant, Growing Collection of Open Access Books, Tennant: Digital Libraries, June 24, 2008.
When the University of Michigan announced that it was providing a set of records for harvest via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) of all the public domain books digitized by Google, I promptly grabbed them and put up a prototype search service. At the time (December 2007) there were nearly 110,000 records.

Now there are about 130,000. If this growth rate continues to hold, it means that an additional 40-50,000 public access books will be added by the University of Michigan each year. If additional Google libraries do as the University of Michigan is doing, we may soon have several hundred thousand or more open access books available. Since the University of Michigan is offering MARC records for harvesting, there really isn't anything preventing libraries from adding these records to their catalogs and perhaps dramatically increasing access to books for their local users. ...