KNOXVILLE — Books in the University of Tennessee library system will be more visible to those searching the Internet, thanks to two new projects by the search engine Google.
UT libraries dean Barbara Dewey said Wednesday that one project is the Google Scholar service. When a user searches for a topic, a list of books and scholarly journals relating to that topic is generated.
The user can then input their zip code and see if any of those books are geographically close to them. The search results will show any related materials in the UT Libraries collections.
“We have so much unique material here at UT,” Dewey said, “such as East Tennessee regional history and special collections like those of Andrew Jackson and Estes Kefauver, that aren’t available anywhere else.
“This will be a great way to let people see these historical documents.”
Another project by Google, to digitize much or all of the library content of universities such as Harvard and Stanford, has drawn national media attention.
Dewey said the books that will be digitized and posted to the Internet are those that have passed their copyright date and are now in the public domain.
“Materials that remain under copyright protection will not be viewable online, but they will still be searchable by zip code,” Dewey said, “and if any are available here at UT, people can come to the library and check out the material or read it here.”
The Google Scholar Web site is located at http://scholar.google.com.