Tens of Thousands of Open Access Digitized BooksNow Available Through the Prospector Catalog
Library users in Colorado and Wyoming now have access to tens of thousands of additional open-access digitized books and serials through the Prospector Library Catalog (http://prospector.coalliance.org). The digitized items originate from the University of Michigan, a partner in the Google Books digitization project and a member of a consortium of libraries called Hathi Trust. Last year the University of Michigan made available bibliographic records for many of the out-of-copyright titles that Google digitized from its collections. The University then made available online files for each of the digitized works.
The bibliographic records were acquired and enhanced by librarians at the Auraria Library in Denver. After the records were loaded into Skyline, the Auraria Library online catalog, they were uploaded to Prospector, the union catalog of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. Now library patrons from across Colorado and Wyoming have access to the online books via the Prospector catalog. Except for the University of Michigan where the books originated, the Auraria Library was the first library in the nation to make these books available to its users.
There are over 105,000 digitized books and serials freely available in this initial phase of the project. They cover a broad range of topics in the humanities and sciences and are in many different languages. They represent the rich collections found at the University of Michigan and complement local collections held in Colorado libraries. Moreover, the books are “open-access,” which means they are in the public domain either because they were published before 1923 or because they are a government publication and therefore not copyrighted.
About ten million books are being digitized each year around the world. Increasingly, these online books and serials will be accessible through library online catalogs like Prospector. This in turn means that more information once available only by visiting a library will be easily accessible to all Coloradoans through the Internet. Through this and other similar projects, Colorado libraries will take advantage of book digitization and will continue to offer more and more materials to library users across the state.
For more information about Skyline and these records contact: Jeffrey Beall at Auraria Library (Jeffrey.Beall@ucdenver.edu).
For more information about Prospector contact: George Machovec at the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (firstname.lastname@example.org)