So the news is now a little old, but I’ve been thinking about Google’s recent settlement with the publishing industry. It looks like more and more content will soon be accessible, and I couldn’t be happier. Right now they only have very preliminary information available, but I hope that sooner rather than later we will be able to sign up as an institution and begin contributing our own collection to the larger project. Space is definitely at a premium here, so I think it would be fantastic to be able to archive all of our physical copies with an eye to eliminating them alltogether.
As a preK-12 school though, I already see some problems for us with Google’s system. There’s no easy way to search for age-appropriate material, although I get the impression that there really isn’t a lot of elementary or middle school level stuff available anyway. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. Come on Google, keep it rolling – show me where to sign!