Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cornell University Library partners with the Internet Archive
"In an effort to make its materials globally accessible, Cornell University Library is sharing tens of thousands of digitized books with the Internet Archive. 'We have been carefully preserving and storing materials for years, and now we're diversifying the channels for them to be studied and used,' said Oya Reiger, associate university librarian for information technologies. 'We have the ability to take books to the places where readers are.' The new collaboration repurposes nearly 80,000 books that the Library has already digitized in-house or through its partnership with Microsoft and Kirtas Technologies. All the books are in the public domain, printed before 1923 mainly in the United States. They cover a host of subject areas, including American history, English literature, astronomy, food and wine, general engineering, the history of science, home economics, hospitality and travel, labor relations, Native American materials, ornithology, veterinary medicine and women's studies"