University Library from Asia Joins Google Book Project

The latest library to join Google’s ambitious book digitization project is Keio University Libraries in  Japan. Keio University Libraries boost of around 120,000 titles of books in the public domain and would add to the growing number of books Google has been digitizing to make available to the public online.Yuichiro Anzai, Dean of Keio University says:

Making the out-of-copyright portion of our library collection available online will make it easier for Keio University students and faculty to do research. Joining the Google Library Project also allows us to share our collection online with researchers worldwide, a step very much in keeping with Keio’s approach to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the digital age.

Keio University Libraries is the first library in Asia that joined the Google project. I remember a discussion at the Filipino Librarians Google Group about a local Philippine institution being offered by Google to have their collection digitized and be made available online. Unfortunately, the instituion declined Google’s offer since they don’t want Google to capitalize on their collection.

Hopefully, other Philippine libraries will not do the same, in case Google offers to digitize their collection in the future. I still believe that Google’s Book Digitization project is a good step towards globalization of library and information resources and a good way of information sharing. Something that libraries has been advocating since time immemorial.

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4 Comments

  1. Perhaps you are referring to the STII-DOST Library that refused Google digitization of its centennial collection of the PJS or Philippine Journal of Science (1906-2006). Please allow me to express our reasons (but these are not official)–

    1. PJS have already been digitized under the Philippine eLib Project by Kodak Philippines and is now available in fulltext online from the ScINet Philippines Online Public Access Catalog (SILMS-OPAC), although still on a selective basis, just email STII first. Please visit http://scinet.dost.gov.ph/silms

    If you visit my blog at http://public-domain-works.blogspot.com, please click on the list of the online fulltext PJS collection at the left bar to see the 4,000 plus titles of PJS.

    2. Google is basically a commercial entity whose overriding goal is profit. STII-DOST, I guess, will not want to be a part of a system where commercial interest winning over authentic research scholarship is a possiblity, if ever there comes a time that there would be such conflict.

    The editor of PJS is Dr. William G. Padolina of IRRI, and the chair of the Philippine eLib Project is DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. de la Pena who are in the best positions to elucidate on this matter.

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