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[BOAI] Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive

From: Peter Suber <peter.suber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:23:31 -0500


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[Forwarding from Cornell University.  --Peter Suber.]


FOR RELEASE:
Contact: Gwen Glazer
Phone:  (607) 254-8390
E-mail:  gglazer AT cornell.edu


Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive
Nearly 80,000 Public-Domain Books Available Free Online

ITHACA, N.Y. (Dec. 15, 2009) =96  In an effort to make its materials
globally accessible, Cornell University Library is sharing tens of
thousands of digitized books with the Internet Archive at
http://archive.org/details/cornell.

=93We have been carefully preserving and storing materials for years,
and now we=92re diversifying the channels for them to be studied and
used,=94 said Oya Reiger, associate university librarian for information
technologies. =93We have the ability to take books to the places where
readers are.=94

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.

Internet Archive, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving materials
in all formats and well known for its =93Wayback Machine=94 application,
includes the Library=92s digitized collection in its searchable
database. Books are available for free in multiple formats, including
PDF, flip book and full text on-screen. Nearly 750,000 users are
registered on the site.

=93Expanding access to knowledge is one of the Library=92s core
principles, and we are excited to participate in the open-access
vision of the Internet Archive,=94 said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch
University Librarian.

The collaboration with Internet Archive is another step in Cornell
University Library=92s cutting-edge participation in mass digitization
initiatives. Earlier this year, the Library announced an expanded
print-on-demand partnership with Amazon.com that allows readers to pay
for reprinting of books on an individual basis.

=93The Internet Archive is proud to process and host the books from
Cornell =97 these collections are priceless,=94 said Brewster Kahle,
founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive. =93We are happy
that Microsoft put no restrictions on the scanned public domain books
and Cornell is encouraging maximum readership and research use.=94

Performing a simple search for one of Cornell University Library=92s
digitized books now brings up both a copy on Amazon and a free online
copy on the Internet Archive.

For more information and to see Cornell University Library=92s
contributions, visit http://archive.org/details/cornell.

About Cornell University Library
Cornell University is both an Ivy League institution and New York's
land-grant university. Among the top 10 academic research libraries in
the country, Cornell University Library reflects the university's
distinctive mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. The
Library offers cutting-edge programs and facilities, a full spectrum
of services, extensive collections that represent the depth and
breadth of the university, and a deep network of digital resources.
Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that
extend the land grant mission to a global focus. To learn more, visit
http://library.cornell.edu.

About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit library based in San Francisco
that specializes in offering broad public access to digitized and
born-digital books, music, movies and Web pages. Please visit
http://archive.org and http://openlibrary.org.

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FOR RELEASE: =20
Contact: Gwen Glazer
Phone:  (607) 254-8390
E-mail:  <a href=3D"mailto:gglazer AT cornell.edu">gglazer AT 
cornell.edu</a>


Cornell University Library Partners with the Internet Archive=20
Nearly 80,000 Public-Domain Books Available Free Online

ITHACA, N.Y. (Dec. 15, 2009) =96  In an effort to make its materials global=
ly accessible, Cornell University Library is sharing tens of thousands of d=
igitized books with the Internet Archive at <a 
href=3D"http://archive.org/d=
etails/cornell">http://archive.org/details/cornell</a>.

=93We have been carefully preserving and storing materials for years, and n=
ow we=92re diversifying the channels for them to be studied and used,=94 sa=
id Oya Reiger, associate university librarian for information technologies.=
 =93We have the ability to take books to the places where readers are.=94=
=20

The new collaboration repurposes nearly 80,000 books that the Library has a=
lready digitized in-house or through its partnership with Microsoft and Kir=
tas Technologies. All the books are in the public domain, printed before 19=
23 mainly in the United States. They cover a host of subject areas, includi=
ng 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 medic=
ine and women&#39;s studies.

Internet Archive, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving materials in al=
l formats and well known for its =93Wayback Machine=94 application, include=
s the Library=92s digitized collection in its searchable database. Books ar=
e available for free in multiple formats, including PDF, flip book and full=
 text on-screen. Nearly 750,000 users are registered on the site.

=93Expanding access to knowledge is one of the Library=92s core principles,=
 and we are excited to participate in the open-access vision of the Interne=
t Archive,=94 said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.=20

The collaboration with Internet Archive is another step in Cornell Universi=
ty Library=92s cutting-edge participation in mass digitization initiatives.=
 Earlier this year, the Library announced an expanded print-on-demand partn=
ership with Amazon.com that allows readers to pay for reprinting of books o=
n an individual basis.=20

=93The Internet Archive is proud to process and host the books from Cornell=
 =97 these collections are priceless,=94 said Brewster Kahle, founder and d=
igital librarian of the Internet Archive. =93We are happy that Microsoft pu=
t no restrictions on the scanned public domain books and Cornell is encoura=
ging maximum readership and research use.=94

Performing a simple search for one of Cornell University Library=92s digiti=
zed books now brings up both a copy on Amazon and a free online copy on the=
 Internet Archive.=20

For more information and to see Cornell University Library=92s contribution=
s, visit <a 
href=3D"http://archive.org/details/cornell">http://archive.org/=
details/cornell</a>.

About Cornell University Library=20
Cornell University is both an Ivy League institution and New York&#39;s 
lan=
d-grant university. Among the top 10 academic research libraries in the cou=
ntry, Cornell University Library reflects the university&#39;s distinctive 
=
mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. The Library offers cuttin=
g-edge programs and facilities, a full spectrum of services, extensive coll=
ections that represent the depth and breadth of the university, and a deep =
network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries w=
ith initiatives that extend the land grant mission to a global focus. To le=
arn more, visit <a 
href=3D"http://library.cornell.edu">http://library.corne=
ll.edu</a>.

About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit library based in San Francisco that spe=
cializes in offering broad public access to digitized and born-digital book=
s, music, movies and Web pages. Please visit <a 
href=3D"http://archive.org"=
>http://archive.org</a> and <a 
href=3D"http://openlibrary.org">http://openl=
ibrary.org</a>.</span></font></pre>
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