It was announced this morning the twelve Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Libraries (of which Ohio State is a member) have entered into agreement with Google to digitize up to 10 million titles from their collective library collections. The details of the agreement will be released shortly by the CIC and Google. A FAQ is available.
Digitized titles from the collections that are in the public domain (generally those published before 1923 or by government agencies) will be made freely and fully available, while digitized titles still in copyright will be completely indexed and discoverable (readers will still be required to get the full text from a copy in a library or through purchase from the copyright holder/publisher).
The CIC is a consortium of 12 research universities including the 11 members of the Big Ten athletic conference and the University of Chicago. With campuses in eight states, CIC universities enroll more than 300,000 undergraduates and 76,000 graduate students, and employ some 33,000 full-time faculty and 139,000 full-time staff. The CIC is guided by the provosts of the member universities.
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