Some 15 million books have been scanned and made at least partially available immediately to someone walking into a library or searching on the web, as a result of the Google Books Library Project.
“Libraries are no longer limited in what they can make available to their patrons by what can fit within the four walls of their libraries,” says James Crawford, engineering director at Google Books.
The project fits within Google’s larger mission of organizing the world’s information and making it universally accessible and useful.
In the video above, Crawford describes what he believes this at times controversial project brings to community libraries, and talks about what other Google products might benefit the library community, including Google Scholar and Google +.
Knight interviewed Crawford during a conference in Miami focused on the role of libraries in the digital world, part of the foundation’s efforts to promote libraries as centers of personal transformation and community engagement.
Interested in learning more about the future of books and libraries? Knight also interviewed library directors from eight communities - Philadelphia, St. Paul, Macon, Charlotte, Miami, Akron, San Jose and Detroit - to get their perspectives on what libraries will look like in the future. All the videos are available online.