I regularly trot out Open Library as an example of both a project that is nice and library like while also being attractive and usable and, at the same time, pushing the envelope of “how to be a library” in ways that are dignifying to both patrons and librarians alike. I was delighted to read this article about the results of a recent meeting where ALL state librarians voted unanimously to form an alliance with the Internt Archive’s Open Library project.
[Oregon state librarian] Scheppke said this allows libraries the chance to envision digitizing everything in their collection, from books about local history to works by local authors.
â€œIf that doesnâ€™t happen who knows when those books will become ebooks, maybe never,â€ Scheppke said. â€œThatâ€™s what really appeals to the state libarians; itâ€™s a solution we havenâ€™t had up until now to have a much more complete ebook collection,â€ he said.