Learn About Open Content Alliance Book Scanning at the University of Toronto

Book digitization has been going on at the University of Toronto Libraries for some time. In fact, I wrote about scanning at UT and included a link to a video of the scanning robot almost a year ago.

In a Wall Street Journal article published today titled: Building an Online Library, One Volume at a Time, you’ll meet Liz Ridolfo, a scanner at UT who is digitizing books. You’ll learn about her daily work and get a quick look at exactly how it works.

Ms. Ridolfo is part of a massive undertaking to digitize the world’s books. She is one of about a dozen scanners employed by the Internet Archive, a San Francisco nonprofit group that is spearheading the Open Content Alliance, a consortium of business and educational groups that includes Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Adobe Systems Inc. and several university libraries. The group wants to build an online library of millions of old books and hopes to make a big batch accessible through Web searches as early as next year. For all its technical sophistication, the group needs the manual work of people like Ms. Ridolfo to make digitization a reality.

NOTE: Access to the full text of the WSJ is free this week to non-subscribers.

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