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 ranks of prestigious institutions like Harvard University, Stanford University and Oxford University, which already are participating in the Google Book Search project,&quot; Sullivan said.<br /><br />The collaborative nature of this agreement makes it unique. In fact, this library-digitization agreement is one of the largest cooperative actions of its kind in higher education, said Wendy Pradt Lougee, U of M librarian and member of the six-person team that negotiated the agreement with Google.<br /><br />&quot;By harnessing the complementary strengths and resources of CIC institutions, this unprecedented agreement will give students, scholars and the public access to an extraordinary range of collections of distinction,&quot; Lougee said. &quot;Google&#39;s vast capacity for digitization far exceeds that of any of the participating institutions alone, making this effort a true partnership that reveals the historical depth of these collections from the heartland.&quot;<br /><br />The contract between Google and the CIC institutions is for six years with an option to renew. </p><p>Google will fund digitization of up to 10 million volumes in CIC collections, including as many as 1 million volumes from the University of Minnesota. </p><p>Each CIC institution will cover the costs of preparing the books for digitization. Prior to the Google Book Library initiative, libraries estimated the costs of digitization at about $60 per volume, according to the CIC.</p><p>Hence, the value of this project to the University of Minnesota could reach $60 million.</p>

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