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Photo: Digital demonstration

Digitizing books as part of Mbooks, a new access system for reference materials, is scanning technician Chaba Israel of the University Digital Library Productions Service (DLPS). Mbooks makes it possible to satisfy one's curiosity or research requirements through collections from U-M libraries now being digitized by Google. Free public demonstrations of the new digital offerings will take place from 4-5 p.m. today (Oct. 9) and 7-8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Hatcher Graduate Library second floor Faculty Exploratory. The University's digitized collections can be accessed from anywhere, says Perry Willett, head of DLPS. "By using Mirlyn and searching books digitized by Google, you will be able to quickly determine if you really want to read the entire work," he says. "And access to Mirlyn is worldwide, meaning you can discover these works from your home, a neighborhood library computer or from a laptop wireless connection, and depending on the copyright situation, be able to read many of them." Sponsored by U-M Library Development and DLPS, the demonstrations are free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration is suggested by e-mail at or by calling 763-7368. (Photo by Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services)

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