To this point, the only Google partner library to aggressively mount the digitized books in its own repository has been the University of Michigan. Therefore, it surprises no one that the University of Michigan, which had already developed their MBooks platform for its own digitized books, will serve as the central repository for the CIC project.That was a connection in the story that I had not seen, so thanks Roy for pointing it out.
Later he wrote:
This project raises the bar for the other libraries participating in mass digitization projects. Most of the libraries cooperating with Google are making no effort to mount the resulting files themselves. Some may not even be keeping a copy of the files. I think it is disturbing that we don't even know how true that statement might be.It is disturbing that these libraries are relying so heavily on Google to digitize the materials and make them available. Libraries have gotten burned by companies/vendors in the past that made bold promised then didn't keep them. I'm not saying that Google won't be around forever, but is their future really guaranteed? And will the digitized materials be maintained always as these libraries hope it will be? I hope someone at every Google partner institution has considered those questions.
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