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The number of IU’s books that will be available online spiked in August when we shipped the first truckload to Google for digital scanning. IU is the first of the libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (think Big Ten) to participate as part of the joint agreement announced in 2007. Google will digitize up to 10 million volumes of the CIC libraries’ collections, and materials in the public domain will be available for reading online.

Indiana’s renowned Folklore and Ethnomusi-cology Collection, assembled over decades and valuable for its completeness, is also the first “collection of distinction” recognized by Google as a collection that will retain its coherence in the digital transition.

“I love books. I prefer to have a book in front of me, and to write in the margins,” says graduate student Kristi Willsey. “But searchable, digital text is unbelievably useful. Your mind is a wonderful tool, but it’s rarely exhaustive. Because computers can search for words exhaustively, they can complement the flexible, creative work of the mind in a way that’s entirely new and transformational.”

“Searchable, digital text is unbelievably useful.
 Because computers can search
  words exhaustively, they complement the
 flexible, creative work of the mind.”

Kristi Willsey, Graduate student,
Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department