View Full Version : This is awesome (as a history nerd)

06-06-2007, 10:08 AM
June 6, 2007

To: Faculty, staff, and students on the Twin Cities campus

Fr: E. Thomas Sullivan, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian

Re: Digitization Partnership with Google

We write today to share news of an exciting new partnership in
which the University of Minnesota is involved. The Committee on
Institutional Cooperation (CIC) has entered into a collective
agreement with Google to scan and make searchable up to 10
million public domain and in-copyright volumes from CIC
libraries in a way that is consistent with copyright law. In
partnering with Google in its Google Books Library Project, the
CIC will join 15 other participating universities, including
Harvard, Michigan, California, Oxford, Princeton, and Texas. The
University of Minnesota plans to provide up to one million
volumes from our University Libraries collections to the
digitization effort.

The CIC is an academic consortium of 12 leading Midwest research
universities: University of Chicago, University of Illinois,
Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan,
Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern
University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State
University, Purdue University and the University of

This project offers tremendous potential for the CIC, the
broader scholarly community, and a worldwide public.
Digitization facilitates unprecedented access to these
collections. With the ability to search text within volumes,
research not previously possible will be enabled. Public domain
works will be displayed fully; a search of in-copyright titles
will result in a small amount of text with mechanisms to
purchase or secure a copy within a library. The CIC agreement is
unique among the agreements Google has with other libraries in
that "collections of distinction" from each institution will be
included in their entirety, revealing in-depth and unique

The partnership allows for library digitization at a scale and
scope that would not be possible within the limited means
available to the individual universities. In addition, the
participating libraries intend to build a shared digital
repository to house the digital copies of public domain
materials, enabling efficiencies possible only through
collective action.

This groundbreaking agreement represents a major step forward
for the University of Minnesota and the University Libraries
during our strategic transformation. We're thrilled that our
University community--students, faculty, staff--and the public
will benefit for generations to come.
This is honestly one of the coolest things I've ever heard. As a history major, and having a couple research papers under my belt, I can say with no understatement that it is a royal pain trying to find resources for research and writing papers. This is almost a historian's wet dream, having access to hundreds of thousands of volumes at their fingertips.

Crazy Larry
06-07-2007, 01:59 PM
That's awesome. This is going to cover all sorts of stuff, and not just works of interest to researchers, right?