When the University of Illinois Library joined others in the Google Book Search Library Project, one thing the librarians there knew was that relying on a single digital repository would not fit their preservation or access needs.
The libraries are taking a long-term view on the preservation and availability of the newly digitized materials, too. Rather than leaving the storage to Google alone, as some partners have done, they’re creating at least one, and probably two, shared digital repositories of their own to archive and manage the information and content to be added in the future.
The idea is that if Google disappears, or changes its business, the information will remain accessible with no hassles.
“We know we’ll be here,” Sandler [Mark Sandler, the director of the committee’s Center for Library Initiatives] said.
See: Google partnership will help preserve UI collection, by Greg Kline, The [Champaign-Urbana and East Central Illinois] News-Gazette, Sunday, June 17, 2007.
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