PSU’s Lamson Library Offers Text of Select Books Online

March 13th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. –– For the first time users of Plymouth State University’s Lamson Library are able to read and search excerpts, or even full texts, of select books online.

The University today announced the implementation of the Google Book Search Book Viewability API through its Scriblio library software. This means patrons can preview the text of select books they find in the Lamson Library catalog online free of charge via Google Book Search.

“Access to information is what libraries are all about. The integration of Scriblio, our library’s content management system and online catalogue, with Google Book Search promises to enhance the research experience for all our users,” said David A. Berona, PSU Lamson Library and Learning Commons Director

Examples of how the Google Book Search Book Viewability API works using Scriblio can be seen in these books by PSU authors Bruce Heald and Joseph Monninger. The “Browse on Google” link in the New Features section leads to extended previews of their works.

“The ability to browse a library’s collection online, to see not only what’s on the shelf but to peek inside the books and flip through the pages can only help to expand horizons,” said Casey Bisson, lead developer of Scriblio. “Free samples attract readers, Google Book Search integration with Scriblio and library catalogs should attract a lot of them.”

Google announced the launch of the new Google Book Search Book Viewability API yesterday on the Google blog. PSU is one of the first nine universities worldwide to link to the new Google Book Search Book Viewability API feature at its launch.

* Plymouth State University, (New Hampshire)

* Kansas State University

* University of California

* University of Huddersfield. (Huddersfield, UK)

* University of Iowa

* University of Minnesota

* University of Texas

* Waterford Institute of Technology, (Waterford, Ireland)

* Universita degli Studi di Padova in Italy, (Padova, Italy)

Scriblio, an open source project developed by Casey Bisson at Plymouth State University, has been gaining additional recognition since being awarded one of the first Andrew W Mellon Foundation awards for technology collaboration in December 2006. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has recently selected it as their next generation library catalog.

Scriblio makes it easier for libraries to post their collections online, and as open source software, it is available to other libraries to download and use for free.

For more information contact Christopher M. Williams at cwilliams@plymouth.edu or (603) 535-2476.

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