May 28, 2022

"With Google Settlement in Limbo, Universities Press Ahead With Research on Digitized Books"

From a Chronicle of Higher Ed. Report by Marc Perry:

With the Google project in legal limbo, Indiana University and the University of Illinois are moving forward with plans to set up a similar research center [HathiTrust Research Center for Computational Access to Archives] built around the archive maintained by the HathiTrust Digital Library, which was created by a consortium of universities, in part, to establish a stable backup of the books that Google digitized from their libraries. The new research center will initially focus on works that are no longer protected by copyright—roughly 2.3 million books in HathiTrust’s 8-million-plus collection.

“Right now, the safe path is working with the public-domain materials,” said John Wilkin, executive director of HathiTrust. “That’s a phenomenally large amount of material.”

Here’s a Link to an INFOdocket Post (4/18/2011) With Full Text of Official Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.