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OPAC integration in the era of mass digitization: the MBooks experience

Christina Kelleher Powell (Digital Library Production Service, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 7 March 2008




The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the OPAC integration in the University of Michigan's local implementation of materials digitized in the partnership with Google.


The paper provides a discussion of different strategies used in integrating metadata with digital resources and presenting the digital objects to the user in the OPAC.


The paper finds that methods that had served in smaller digitization projects require more automation and error reduction processes in an undertaking of this scale. Increased integration with the OPAC is one approach.


Michigan is the first of the Google partners to mount their materials themselves and others involved in mass digitization may be interested in the experience.



Kelleher Powell, C. (2008), "OPAC integration in the era of mass digitization: the MBooks experience", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 24-32.



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