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“Mass Digitization at the UC” with Heather Christenson

Please join us for:

“Mass Digitization at the UC”
A talk by Heather Christenson of the California Digital Library

“Mass Digitization” refers to the large-scale scanning and digitization of millions of books.  According to the California Digital Library, “the goal of mass digitization is to digitize the books in the world’s libraries on a grand scale – ideally, every book ever printed.”

Large parts of the University of California’s library collections have been scanned in mass digitization projects done in partnership with Google Books, Microsoft, and the Open Content Alliance, and more collections are in the works.

  • How do you find these online books? Which books are freely available?
  • How do the UC libraries work with these commercial projects?
  • What steps are being taken to preserve this massive digital output and make it more accessible?
  • How do developments like the Google Books settlement affect access to these collections?
  • And what’s coming next?

Please join us for a talk by Heather Christenson about these topics and more. The talk will be followed by a Q&A period. Light refreshments will be provided.

an Internet Archive book scanner

an Internet Archive book scanner

Heather Christenson is the Mass Digitization Project Manager at the California Digital Library (CDL) and the Project Manager for the University of California’s HathiTrust collaborative work. She is responsible for coordinating operations and planning across the UC Libraries’ mass digitization projects, and plays an integral role in planning for services surrounding mass digitized content.

For more about the CDL’s mass digitization program, see

Program provided by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Davis (LAUC-D)

For questions, please contact:

Phoebe Ayers, PSE Library or 752-9948

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