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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Michigan puts Google-scanned books into CIC consortial repository

MBooks Becomes HathiTrust, a press release from the University of Michigan, August 21, 2008.  Excerpt:

The University Library is pleased to announce that MBooks - the collection of books digitized [by Google] from the University Library's collections - will become part of HathiTrust on September 3, 2008.

HathiTrust, launched by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) libraries, is a shared digital repository for storing university library digital content, incorporating all the content from MBooks plus new content from other HathiTrust partners. (For background information, see Google and CIC Partnership news.)

The UM community will now have access to books, journals, and other documents previously unavailable through MBooks. MBooks links in the Mirlyn Library Catalog will now be renamed HathiTrust Digital Library. The options for viewing, printing, and creating collections will be the same as in MBooks....

PS:  For background, see my June 2008 post on the CIC consortial repository, which wasn't called HathiTrust at the time.  Also see Indiana University's announcement of HathiTrust, August 8, 2008.

Update.  Read about Roy Tennant's experiment to make HathiTrust searchable, August 25, 2008.