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University of Rochester Libraries join HathiTrust

“The University of Rochester Libraries have become one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a worldwide partnership of more than one hundred major research institutions and libraries working to preserve and provide access to the cultural record in digital form. The University’s membership offers students, faculty, and staff access to nearly five million books in the public domain. “HathiTrust demonstrates the depth and richness of collections that result from the combined resources of many institutions,” said Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries. “We are delighted to give our patrons access to this digital collection and to join this groundbreaking, collaborative effort.” (via University of Rochester)

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The Universal Library Is Us: Library Work at Scale in HathiTrust

“When major research libraries pooled resources in 2008 to launch HathiTrust—today one of the largest collaborative library initiatives in the world—they knew that they were on to something big. For more than a decade, the potential of digitization and digital technologies to dramatically enhance library access and preservation services had been moving from the periphery to the very center of library future-planning. Confronted on the one hand with increasing budgetary pressures and on the other with increasing demands for greater access to a broader range of collections, libraries quickly came to appreciate that the future would be not only digital, but largely shared as well. Collaboration would be essential if libraries, with limited resources, were to continue to provide traditional services and meet new service expectations. Libraries have a long history of collaboration, but examples of, and structures for, the kinds of collaboration that could truly impact library services at scale were few.” (via EDUCAUSE)

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Mike Furlough Selected To Be Executive Director of HathiTrust

“The HathiTrust Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Furlough as the Executive Director of HathiTrust. Furlough comes to HathiTrust from The Pennsylvania State University, where he is currently Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications. Furlough has more than a dozen years of experience leading initiatives in digital scholarship, content stewardship, and scholarly communications, and has served for the last nine months as an inaugural member of HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee. Furlough will begin his tenure as Executive Director on May 19.” (via HathiTrust Digital Library)

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UMass Amherst Libraries Join HathiTrust Partnership

“The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. As HathiTrust members, UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3.5 million public domain books. The campus community will be able to search HathiTrust’s catalog and download titles in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic titles.” (via Hathi Trust)

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UA Libraries Join HathiTrust

“The University of Alabama has become one of the newest partners of Hathitrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently composed of more than 60 partners. Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than ten million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives.” (via The University of Alabama)

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Announcing Zephir, HathiTrust’s New Bibliographic Metadata Management System

“HathiTrust is pleased to announce the release of a new, state-of-the-art bibliographic management system for its 11-million volume digital repository. The new system, called Zephir, is developed and managed by the California Digital Library, and represents the first distributed development of a major repository component outside the University of Michigan. “The release of Zephir embodies the deep collaboration that is at the heart of HathiTrust,” said Brian Schottlaender, chair of HathiTrust’s Board of Governors. “It is a tremendous example of the ways we are able to leverage the expertise of a broad range of institutions to achieve a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.” (via HathiTrust Digital Library)

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How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes

“Digitization is a widely used means of preservation reformatting for print and analog materials, especially with the large-scale capabilities that efforts such as the Google Books Project and the Internet Archive are bringing to many research and academic libraries. But large-scale digitization means that libraries increasingly require large-scale, preservation-grade infrastructure that’s also suitable for providing access to materials at scale. The HathiTrust Digital Library is answering that call. Launched by the 12-university Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 11-university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust is collectively undertaking preservation with access. Today it has more than 80 partners, more than two dozen of whom are depositing content in its repository.” (via EdTech Magazine)

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1.7 million titles from HathiTrust now live on DPLA homepage

“At the start of the summer we announced the introduction of the HathiTrust Digital Library as a DPLA Content Hub. Now, with the summer winding down, we’re excited to share that 1.7 million metadata records associated with almost 3.5 million of HathiTrust’s freely available books, journals, government documents, and more are now accessible on dp.la and through the DPLA application programming interface (API). That doubles the DPLA’s offerings from 2.4 million records in April to almost 4.5 million today.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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Authors Guild Warns Of ‘Dark Underbelly Of Mass Digitization’

“The Authors Guild, which is battling the book storage project HathiTrust in court, now says that digitization of books in and of itself can pose a risk to authors, given how easily digital books can be transferred. Only Congress is equipped to strike the right balance between the promise and dark underbelly of mass digitization, the organization says in papers made public last week.” (via MediaPost)

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HathiTrust to partner with DPLA

“The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content. DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage.” (via Digital Public Library of America)

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