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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012 

Google Books' Coverage of Hawai'i and Pacific Books
Andrew Weiss and Ryan James

Monday, 6:30pm


This poster reports on a recent quantitative study of Google Books' coverage of Hawaiian and Pacific books. A total of 1,500 books were randomly selected from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Hawaiian, Pacific, and general stacks collections. Their level of access was then determined in Google Books by observing whether the books had a metadata record, were full-text searchable, and whether they were available in snippet, preview, or full-text views. Results show that Google Books has a sizable number of metadata records for Hawaiian and Pacific books, but has only a limited number available for full-text searching. In contrast, a larger number of books from the general stacks were available for full-text searching.