Open Content Alliance Contrasted to Google

Jeffrey Young has a good article on the Open Content Alliance in the Chron this week. The selectivity of the digitization effort and the openness of the process is a contrast to the Google Book Search library project. So is the Alliance’s approach to the whole copyright question – they are not digitizing books that are copyrighted without permission, avoiding the whole fair use question while providing an alternative approach to creating a quality digital library. Check out some of the books that have been digitized thus far.

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.

4 thoughts on “Open Content Alliance Contrasted to Google

  1. Speaking for the Internet Archive: when we scan a book we harvest MARC data, usually from the OPAC of the contributing library. If that isn’t available, we query LC or RLG. A MARC XML file and a binary MARC file are generated, both of which live in the directory where the scanned pages and derivative reading formats reside.

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