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Million Book Project: U.S. and India

Dr Gloriana St. Clair.

The vision of the Million Book project is to make a million books available worldwide on the web. One commentor noted "In the end, this will be Vannevar Bush's memex." The National Science Foundation has funded equipment and travel while India is supplying labor. Research initiatives are being tackled jointly. Research initiatives allied with the project include: machine translation, massive distributed databases, storage formats, digital library use, distribution and sustainability, and security. Collection development issues will be outlined, and logistics will be discussed also. The project will feature a best books aspect that will focus on getting copyright permission to scan books from the resource Books for College Libraries. Successes and challenges will be noted. Indian partners include Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering, Goa University, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Information Technology - Allahabad, International Institute of Information Technology - Hyderabad. Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy, University of Pune.


Dr Gloriana St. Clair  (United States)
University Librarian
University Libraries
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Gloriana St. Clair is the University Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University and a Director of the Universal Library Project( She is also the editor of portal: Libraries and the Academy, and the former editor of Journal of Academic Librarianship and College & Research Libraries. She holds a B.A. degree in English literature and a Ph.d. in literature from the University of Oklahoma, a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the author of many articles and presentations.

  • Million Books
  • Digitization
  • Copyright
  • Collections

(60 min Workshop, English)