February 17, 2018

UC Libraries Hits 3 Million Book Scan Milestone

The Mass Digitization Team at the University of California’s (UC) California Digital Library passed an impressive milestone this week: the digitization of three million books from the UC collections. This includes materials housed in UC’s massive Northern Regional Library Facility and in the libraries of UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz.

UC’s mass digitization project includes agreements with Google Books and the Internet Archive. Some 1.8 million UC scans have been deposited with the HathiTrust digital repository, of which UC is a founding member. It lags behind fellow founder University of Michigan, which alone has deposited more than four million scans with HathiTrust.

As part of the announcement, UC librarians took the opportunity to choose their favorite public-domain scans, which include the Comtesse De Segur’s Old French Fairy Tales (from the 1920s) and poet Joaquin Miller’s Songs of Summer Lands (1892). They’re definitely worth a look.

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David Rapp (drapp@mediasourceinc.com) was formerly Associate Editor, LJ.