Implementing Google’s Books Into Catalog

Google has introduced a set of protocols, Google Book Search API, that allow libraries’ automation systems to include Google’s scanned books into patron searches. Basically, if a library owns a title, they can provide a link to the full-text or to the preview, depending on its copyright restrictions. The University of Texas at Austin has implemented it; you can see an example below — see the “Google Book Search” icon.

[from The Chronicle of Higher Education]

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