Over the next six months, UM-Dearborn's Mardigian Library will send 10K-15K books and journals to Google for scanning

July 18, 2011

Books waiting to be given to Google for scanning.

DEARBORN / July 19, 2011---The Google Books Library Project has arrived at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This means part of the Mardigian Library’s collection will be sent to Google and digitized through a highly-secretive process.

Last month, Library staff helped to load the first shipment of 5,000 books onto a truck that took them to the Google digitization center.

The Library is sending titles not already digitized by other libraries participating in the project. It’s expected that about 75,000 of the Mardigian Library’s books and bound journals will be processed, with the entire project completed by the end of this year.

Once a title has been digitized, its contents can be searched online. If a title is out of copyright, it can be viewed online or downloaded. Titles still under copyright protection can be searched, but the full-text will not be available; the patron will need to get the physical book from the shelves.

For the next five to six months, 10,000 to 15,000 books and bound journals will be off the Library’s shelves at any given time. Typically, an item being digitized will be off the shelf for three weeks. While a book is out, its status in the library catalog will be “out for scanning.”

For more information about the project, visit the Mardigian Library's webpage or the Google Books Library Project page.

About UM-Dearborn
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 90 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.

Beth Marmarelli
313-593-5542 / bethmar@umd.umich.edu