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Google Announces Search Deal with Seven Libraries

Lisa Minter (
Tue, 14 Dec 2004 11:08:24 EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Web search leader Google Inc. said late on
Monday it is working on a project to digitally scan the collections at
seven libraries and will make the pages available to Google users over
the coming years.

oogle, which is putting up a sample of the new information on Tuesday,
said it will help scan the entire collections of such partners as the
University of Michigan. It also is undertaking pilot programs at
places like Harvard University and the New York Public Library.

"The goal of the project is to unlock the wealth of information that
is offline and bring it online," said Susan Wojcicki, director of
product management at Google.

When search results yield pages from scanned library books, Google
will provide links to search and advertising partner and to
libraries where the books can be borrowed. Google will get no
compensation for the links.

Google is not immediately serving ads on library material, Wojcicki

The move comes as other search companies like Yahoo Inc. and
Microsoft's MSN Internet unit and privately held Grokker also are
working to expand their reach beyond just the Web to encyclopedias,
library collections and other sources.

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