Georgia is one of seven regional hubs chosen to participate in Harvard University’s Digital Public Library of America, the long-term goal of which is to make every book ever published available for free online.
The Digital Library of Georgia at UGA, led by deputy university librarian Toby Graham, will now work directly with Harvard on the national library.
"Our job is to make sure that Georgia content is fully represented," Graham said. "We’ll in essence be a funnel of Georgia’s collections into this national digital library."
The regional hubs are being funded by a million dollar grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which also supports GPB’s coverage of Middle Georgia.
Graham says the Digital Library of Georgia has already digitized more than a million volumes, and they’re looking for more to pass on.
"This project will allow us to issue a call for nominations from libraries and archives and other institutions around the state. They can nominate material to be included in this project," he said.
The Harvard-led initiative has been beset by copyright problems though, leading it to focus thus far on works in the public domain.