City library books going online

from The Examiner

A local company best known for archiving Web pages is using federal stimulus dollars to work on a massive project to digitize the stacks of books at the San Francisco Library.

Through San Francisco Jobs Now, a Mayor Gavin Newsom program that provides companies with stimulus money to pay their employees, the Internet Archive has been able to hire more than 100 people to painstakingly copy materials at the Main Library to the Internet.

Robert Miller, director of books at the Internet Archive, made the announcement in a YouTube chat with Newsom, filmed at the library. Without JobsNow, the Internet Archive would be struggling with only 12 employees, Miller said.

“It’s been an absolute game changer for us,” he added.

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