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The paperless project

More than one million library
materials on campus have been
digitized through the Google
Michigan Digitization Proj-
ect over the past few years, but
because the technology remains
a closely guarded secret, the
project remains a mystery to
many.
The goal is to have all 7.5 mil-
lion print items in the Universi-
ty's collection scanned by 2010
and available online through
Google Book Search.
All University students
and faculty will be able to
access every volume through
the library's online database,
MBooks.
Whenthe Digitizationproject
began in 2004, Google scanned
an average of 5,000 University
items per year. At one in point in
2006, books were beingscanned

at a rate of 30,000 per week.
By the time the program
reaches its most advanced state,
Google plans to scan more than
1 million items per year.
Google has also teamed with
the New York Public Library and
librariesat Harvard University,
Princeton University and the
entire University of California
system to digitize printed vol-
umes in those collections.
In each of these partnerships,
Google is covering the whole
cost of converting the materi-
als. The company has propriety
innovative scanning technology
specifically for these library
projects.
The University scanned its
millionth beok in February. By
that point, 42 terabytes worth
of University library materials
had been converted and made

FILE PHOTO
The goal of the Michigan Digitization Project is to scan all of the 7.5
million print materials in the University's libraries by 2010. The tech-
nology, developed by Google, can scan about 30,000 items a week.

CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Soccer player Wallet stolen

injured
WHERE: Mitchell Field
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11:15 p.m.
WHAT: A University student
playingsoccer at Mitchell Field
injured her leg, University
Police reported.
Vending machine
vandalized
WHERE: G.G. Brown Labora-
tories
WHEN: Wednesday at about
9:30 a.m.
WHAT: Various snack items
were stolen from avend-
ing machine in the building,
University Police reported. It
appears as if someone shook
the treats from the machine
sometime between Sept. 8 and
Sept.l11. Police have no sus-
pects

WHERE: Engineering Resi-
dence Building II, 2200 Bon-
isteel Blvd
WHEN: Wednesday at about
2:30 a.m.
WHAT: A Kenneth Cole wal-
let was stolen from the house,
University Police reported.
The wallet was taken some-
time between 9:45 a.m. and
9:50 a.m. Police have no sus-
pects.
Police search for
Arb trespassers
WHERE: Nicholas Arboretum
WHEN: Wednesday at about
11:45 p.m.
WHAT: Several nearby resi-
dents called police to complain
of noise in the arboretum,
University Police reported.
Police responded to the scene
but could not find the trouble-
makers.

Former Polish
President to
talk on Europe
WHAT: Former President
of Poland and Georgetown
University Prof. Aleksander
Kwasniewski give lecture.
The event serves as the kick-
off for the new Weiser Center
for Emerging Democracies.
WHO: Center for Russian
and East European Studies
WHEN: Today from 4 p.m. to
5:30 p.m.
WHERE: East Hall Audito-
rium
Mark Morris
Dance troop
performance
WHAT: The Mark Morris
Dance Group will perform.
Tickets range in price from
$20 to $48.

WHO: University Musical
Society
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Power Center for
Performing Arts
Symphony
opening concert
WHAT: The free opening
performance of the Univer-
sity Symphony Orchestra
will include Beethoven's
Symphony No. 7and Michael
Daugherty's Metropolis
Symphony. A lecture will be
given from 7:15 to 7:30 prior
to the concert.
WHO: University Symphony
Orchestra
WHEN: Tonight at 8 p.m.
WHERE:
CORRECTIONS
Please report any error in
the Daily to corrections@
michigandaily.com.

available online.
Earlier this month, the Uni-
versity library announced that
MBooks, will become part of
the HathiTrust, a shared digital
repository for University library
content.
This allows University stu-
dents and faculty to have access
to other books, journals and
documents previously unavail-
able through MBooks.
Currently, books from the
fifth floor of the Hatcher Gradu-
ate Library are being scanned.
The Dentistry Library, Taub-
man Medical Library, Social
Work Library, Art, Architec-
ture and Engineering Library
and large portions of the Buhr
remote shelving facility have
been completed.
LINDYSTEVENSAND
JULIE ROWE
Sh V KOWTODAY
A 30-ton transformer
cooling the Large Had-
ron Collider broke yes-
terday forcing.scientists to
suspend the most expensive
science experiment in his-
tory, The Associated Press
reported.
According to a study of
University of Michigan
students conducted by
the Gamma Sigma Alpha
National Greek Academic
Honor Society, students who
join a fraternity or sorority
during their first semester of
college performed better aca-
demically than students who
didn't join. >>FOR MORE, SEE PAGE
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A tailor in Serbia is pre-
paring to attempttobreak
the world record for the
largest pair of pants, Reuters .
reported. Milorad Birac hopes
to squeeze 50 men into each
leg of the trousers.

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