Courant featured in book about library digitization

October 13, 2021 The Scholarly Kitchen

Edward M. Gramlich Distinguished University Professor Paul Courant is featured in a new book, Along Came Google: a History of Library Digitization.

“Mass digitization is dead," he is quoted as saying in the book. “We are back in that place where we do deals with various entities that want to digitize things, where we allow them to give us copies in a few years. We get the miscellaneous grant from Mellon to digitize. We have done well with hidden collections. But all the holes didn’t get filled. We still don’t have good solutions for preservation of current stuff. Now we are in Zeno’s paradox. Nobody wants to pay for it.”