Google, University of Minnesota Enter Agreement

<p><strong>Minneapolis &mdash; June 6</strong><br />The University of Minnesota (U of M) and the 11 other Midwest universities in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) have entered into a groundbreaking collective agreement with Google to digitize up to 10 million bound volumes, nearly doubling the number of universities participating in the Google Books Library Project.<br /><br />The agreement allows Google to digitize significant portions from CIC library general collections. </p><p>In addition, collection areas of particular strength and distinction will be contributed from each university. </p><p>The distinctive collections the U of M will have digitized could include, Scandinavian history, literature and culture; forestry; beekeeping; and medicine, including oncology, radiology and pediatrics.<br /><br />This collaborative approach brings together the holdings of some of the world&#39;s largest libraries into one massive digital resource. </p><p>The CIC includes U of M, University of Chicago, University<br />of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.<br /><br />&quot;The University of Minnesota is making history today,&quot; Provost Thomas Sullivan said. &quot;For our students and researchers, speedy access to printed volumes will change the face and pace of scholarly research. Digitizing these collections is also a public good and supports the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota.&quot;<br /><br />This project fits well into the U of M&#39;s goal to become one of the top three public research universities in the world, Sullivan said. </p><p>&quot;With this agreement, the university joins the…


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