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As a Google Library Partner , The University of Texas Libraries will digitize at least one million books from the Libraries’ unique collections, starting with our Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. This rich collection holds over 800,000 titles about and from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Librarians, faculty and alumni acquired these works by gift, exchange and purchase over eight decades to create a comprehensive collection to support teaching and research at the university.

Current technologies enable us to provide virtual access to these collections for study anywhere, but a tangle of international treaties and copyright laws complicates our use and distribution of foreign works. There is little guidance to help us reliably identify which of our books are already in the public domain so we are piloting a project to develop new tools for ourselves and for anyone who wants to tackle these difficult public domain problems. We will document our process, our progress and our results on these pages along with links to web resources we find useful. We invite suggestions and comments from other Google Library Partners and anyone undertaking similar or related projects. Comment on our posts.

Email us at freethebooks@gmail.com. We are here; we are building an evidence base and we are looking for virtual partners!

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Orphan Works Bill Died as House Adjourned

The following post appeared yesterday in the Public Policy Connections blog of the Special Libraries  Association (SLA).  ”After passing in the Senate on 26 September, the Orphan Works bill, which limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works, died in the House on 3 October after Congress voted on the financial rescue bill and [...]

Our Google Book Searches, continued…

We might have better luck getting Full View of another series, Brazil’s Coleção das leis, a compendium of legislative and executive action printed every year by the Imprensa Nacional. The set is akin to the U.S. Congressional Record with bits and pieces of the Federal Register attached but the extended commentary of legislators removed. The annual [...]