From 3 to 4 November 2011, about 40 specialists of e-collections from
European libraries meet in the National Library of Portugal. The eBooks on
Demand (EOD) libraries have recently launched a common search engine for
finding books which already are or will be digitised, and will have
hackdays in Lisbon for providing information from library catalogues and
repositories in social web and other platforms.
The EOD search (http://search.books2ebooks.eu) currently makes available
over 2,5 million records from 15 libraries, and gives direct access to
already digitised items as well as books offered for digitisation on
demand. "Our aim is that European cultural heritage would be only one
mouse-click away from the readers and the EOD search enables that," said
Silvia Gstrein, the EOD Project Coordinator.
About 1000 books digitised with the EOD service are also visible via
Europe's digital library Europeana. "Our next step is to make more records
from EOD libraries visible via Europeana and integrate the EOD service
also with other platforms," assures Gstrein.
The EOD service was originally started by 13 European libraries from 8
countries in 2006. The development of the service is co-financed by the
European Commission Culture Programme. Now already 30 libraries from 12
countries offer the EOD service.