July 25, 2014

HathiTrust Partners with LC, MIT, and Many More

Research libraries have lately been lining up to partner with the digital repository HathiTrust. Just this week, HathiTrust announced new partnerships with the Library of Congress (LC), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Arizona State University and Baylor University. Add to that list the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, HathiTrust’s first partner based outside the United States.

And that’s just this week: since the beginning of November, HathiTrust has also announced partnerships with the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Maryland, Texas A&M University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

There are 52 partner libraries now—more than twice the number of partners than when HathiTrust launched two years ago—and the majority of them have deposited large numbers of digitized materials into the repository. There are now more than 7.2 million digitized volumes in HathiTrust’s collections, and about 1.7 million, or about one-quarter, are in the public domain and freely accessible online.

As LJ reported last month, the Copyright Review Project is working to find more public-domain scans to add to that total. Most HathiTrust holdings were digitized through the Google Books project, and thus include a large amount of copyrighted material which remains inaccessible to the public—at least for now.

Where will HathiTrust go as its membership grows? Next year, its trajectory may become clearer: it just announced that it would hold a “constitutional convention” of its partners in 2011 which will define its “next phase of governance and shape future directions for the partnership.”

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David Rapp (drapp@mediasourceinc.com) was formerly Associate Editor, LJ.

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