The following announcement was made by Google Books and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (which is, more or less, the current and former members of the Big Ten Athletic Conference).
Though Google Books already had relationships with two of the participating schools (Wisconsin and Michigan), this agreement provides an opportunity for access to rare, hard-to-find or expensive materials housed in some of the largest public university libraries in the United States (of the twelve CIC members, all but two are state schools).
I spoke briefly today to someone at the CIC, and she indicated that the choice of books to be digitized was still an open matter, and would remain subject to discussion. She suggested that specialists in ANE fields might want to point out particular strengths at libraries with which they are familiar. These suggestions can be made to the CIC itself, to Google Books, or to librarians or scholars at participating universities (which I have listed below).
The initiative seeks to identify and digitize specialized publications that are not widely available and are unlikely, given the current economics, to be reprinted on paper. They've got The Iliad covered, in other words, but are open to suggestions.
If you know of important holdings at any of the following universities, it might be worth an email to suggest inclusion in this initiative:
Pennsylvania State University
The Ohio State University
University of Michigan
Michigan State University
University of Illinois
University of Chicago
University of Minnesota
University of Iowa
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