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Google/CIC contract gets legs

PW reports on Peter Brantley's discovery (reported here on Thursday) that the CIC libraries' contract with Google doesn't give the libraries their own copies of in-copyright material:

The terms of the CIC deal reflect a growing change in Google's attitude toward the publishing industry. Mark Sandler, CIC director and former collection development officer at the University of Michigan University Library, pointed out that the CIC deal differs not only from Google's deal with Michigan, but from its other library partnerships as well. "I think there's just been a lot of discussion over the last two years," he said. Sandler said he didn't disagree with some of observations by fellow librarians concerning the deal, but said that, without the funds, time and staff to undertake their own major scanning efforts, CIC libraries are satisfied to have Google provide some measure of access.

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