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?

Author: 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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