Find It . . . Where?

Library Journal has noticed it’s not that easy to find it in a library – at least, if you’re in Google Book Search.

I got the same answer from Google when I first asked about it around a year ago. They don’t want to add “find in a library” links to publisher-submitted books since, well, publishers don’t want their customers to find it in a library, they want them to buy it. But what I found odd, looking at the first texts announced as being part of the library program, was that some of those didn’t include the “find in a library” link, which I thought was part of the deal with libraries, who don’t mind if people buy books but who really wanted people to discover libraries.

What’s up with that?

About Barbara Fister

I'm an academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Like all librarians at our small, liberal arts institution I am involved in reference, collection development, and shared management of the library. My area of specialization is instruction, with research interests also in media literacy, popular literacy, publishing, and assessment.

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