September 19, 2008
Yale Digitization Project Stalls Because Microsoft Shutdown Its Live Book Search
The Yale Daily News is reporting that Yale Library is considering its options because of the cancellation of Microsoft's Live Book Search project. See LLB's earlier post. Microsoft has pledged to complete scanning of the approximately 32,000 volumes already sent to the scanners, but not the remaining 68,000 volumes that were part of the Company's original contract with Yale.
Options? In addition to drawing upon specific endowments set aside for Yale’s library collections, Yale Library will seek new funds from donors and grant and may consider joining Google's book digitization project.
Updating the Book Discovery Projects. The September issue of Walt Crawford's Cites & Insights is now available. Be sure to check out Updating the Book Discovery Projects describing recent developments with Microsoft Live Search Books, Google Book Search, the Open Content Alliance, and the Open Library. [RJ]
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The 10,000 volumes of state legislative journals the Yale Law Library was contributing to this project are not included in the 32,000 volumes already sent for scanning, but we are exploring other options for digitizing these materials. Also, the next phase of the Yale Law Library's Avalon Project may well include scanned texts and focus on some of the many rare and unique items held in our 50,000 volume rare book collection.
Posted by: Blair Kauffman | Sep 19, 2008 6:20:55 AM