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CARL releases updated Canadian Author Addendum and New Author Rights Guide
- 15 May 2019

CARL has announced the release of three resources supporting awareness of authors’ rights and ways to retain key rights during the publication process.

The revised Canadian Author Addendum to Publication Agreement is a tool that can be used by authors to negotiate with publishers for the right to retain important rights, such as the ability to share and reuse their work – including the ability to make their work available to all via an open access repository. The accompanying CARL Guide to Using the Canadian Author Addendum provides practical straightforward guidance on how to use the addendum.

The CARL Guide to Author Rights seeks to situate use of the addendum within the broader context of copyright and ownership of scholarly works, including how rights retention can be taken into consideration at each stage of the publication lifecycle. This guide may assist both authors and librarians in knowing when and how to use the addendum as well as informing a broader understanding of author rights as they pertain to the creation and dissemination of academic research.

Based on feedback from member institutions and a recognition that authors increasingly need to retain more of their rights when publishing in order to comply with funder open access policies such as the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, and to ensure the widest distribution of their works, CARL undertook a detailed analysis and revision of the Canadian Author Addendum (originally adapted in 2007 from the SPARC Author Addendum to Publisher Agreement). The aim was to ensure it reflected the current Canadian copyright context.

The revised addendum includes two notable changes: inclusion of a clause acknowledging prior non-exclusive license grants to authors’ institutions or funders through open access policies (this clause has been part of the SPARC Author Addendum for several years), and expansion of the addendum in order for it to be used in both article and book chapter publishing agreement negotiations.

This guide is the results of the efforts of the Author Addendum and Author Rights Task Group: Lise Brin (CARL), Rosarie Coughlan (Queen’s University), Roger Gillis (Dalhousie University), Stephanie Savage (University of British Columbia), and Jennifer Zerkee (Simon Fraser University), under the guidance of CARL’s Advancing Research Committee.

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Applications for CARL Research in Librarianship Grant called for
- 10 May 2019

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is now accepting applications from established and newly appointed librarians working in a CARL member library.

When merited, up to $4,000 is awarded annually to one or more of the applicants, to help achieve the following objectives: to support librarians conducting research in academic librarianship with the intent to publish the results; and to promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians.

The CARL Research in Librarianship Grant is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues.

The submission deadline for proposals is due by August 15, 2019.

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CARL and CRKN join SCOSS to facilitate Canadian support of international open infrastructure
- 19 Mar 2019

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Canadian Knowledge Research Network (CRKN) are collaborating to facilitate Canadian support of international open infrastructure through the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS). Under this initiative, Canadian institutions will contribute toward the sustainability of selected key international services in the open scholarship ecosystem.

SCOSS aims to help sustain essential open scholarship infrastructure. In doing so, SCOSS brings together a community of experts to evaluate critical open science services that lack sustainable financing, and then encourages institutions worldwide to financially support the services that it recommends.

Through the collaboration between CARL and CRKN, Canadian institutions will have the option of supporting SCOSS-endorsed services collectively. Benefiting from CRKN’s national infrastructure, CARL and CRKN members can contribute at reduced rates. This increases efficiency, reduces administrative overhead, and has the potential to increase Canadian participation.

The SCOSS Board (which includes CARL representation) has completed an evaluation of its pilot phase, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in community funding for two essential open access services - Sherpa/RoMEO and DOAJ. Many Canadian institutions have pledged support through SCOSS or by continuing to support DOAJ via existing institutional memberships. CARL and CRKN encourage more institutions to participate in this ongoing pilot, as well as in the next round of pledges for additional services that will launch in coming months.

CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is a partnership of Canadian universities, dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research and teaching enterprise in Canada. Through the coordinated leadership of librarians, researchers, administrators and other stakeholders in the research community, CRKN undertakes large-scale content acquisition and licensing initiatives in order to build knowledge infrastructure and research and teaching capacity in Canada’s universities.

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University of Kentucky Libraries joins HathiTrust
- 05 Mar 2019

University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a growing, global partnership with more than 145 major research institutions and libraries. The new partnership will bolster the accessibility of resources currently available to UK faculty, staff and students. UK is the first institution in Kentucky to join HathiTrust.

Since launching in 2008, HathiTrust partner institutions and libraries have contributed more than 16.8 million volumes to the digital library. Working collaboratively through member institutions, the organisation aims to transform research libraries to serve the wider scholarly enterprise, address large scale challenges, and manage programs that preserve and expand access to the scholarly and cultural record.

HathiTrust contributes to research, scholarship and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge. HathiTrust is funded by member libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its board of governors.

UK Libraries consists of nine major facilities on UK's campus. As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, teaching and learning programs and services, and excellent learning spaces.

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Canadian Association of Research Libraries submits response to Plan S implementation guidance
- 12 Feb 2019

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has submitted the response to Plan S's request for feedback on its implementation guidance. CARL's members include Canada's twenty nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is committed to moving scholarly publishing towards maximum openness to advance innovation and sustainability of the system, while also ensuring that costs are controlled to maximise investment within the academy. CARL welcomes Plan S, a decisive commitment to achieve immediate open access for all publications stemming from research funded by its member organisations.

Scholarly communication is global in nature, and Plan S will have a significant impact on scholarly publishing, both in the signatory countries and in other regions including Canada. To that end, CARL appreciates the opportunity to offer some reflections and recommendations regarding the Plan S Implementation Guidance.

The proposed Plan S requirements for journals/platforms would significantly improve accessibility and increase re-use of research articles. However, one of the unintended consequences of these requirements may be to disadvantage smaller journal publishers, including some Canadian journals that publish research articles written by scholars from around the world.

CARL supports the recommendations of LIBER's Open Access Working Group 'that support be granted to help journals based in the academy achieve these goals, or that at minimum, there be a transition period for them to implement these changes'.

CARL firmly believes in the central role played by the international network of open repositories in ensuring access to research and fostering new models of scholarly communication. CARL welcomes Plan S's recognition of repositories and their role to ensure long-term archiving, research management, and to support maximum re-use. However, CARL agrees with the statement made by the Harvard Library and MIT Libraries that by not including access in this list of roles provided by repositories, the current Plan provides an incomplete picture of the benefits of OA repositories.

In addition, they are concerned about the list of requirements with which repositories would be required to comply under Plan S. It is unlikely that any repository other than the most well-funded would be able to provide the full functionality described in the current guidance document.

CARL supports the recommendations of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and echoes its suggestion that some of the Plan S requirements will create artificial barriers to the participation of universities and other research organizations in the scholarly communication system.

The stipulation that authors must retain copyright over their work is welcome. However, they believe that authors should be given the right to choose a broader range of Creative Commons licences, including the Non-Commercial option (CC-BY-NC), which would allow authors to ensure their articles are not repackaged and sold for commercial gain by others.

CARL recommends that authors be allowed to select the Creative Commons license of their choice in making their work available in any open access venue.

CARL awaits the results of the 'independent study on Open Access publication costs and fees' as well as the 'gap analysis of Open Access journals/platforms to identify fields and disciplines where there is a need to increase the share of Open Access journals/platforms.' These two reports will be important contributions to international discussions on sustainable models for open access.

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University Libraries at the University of Nevada join HathiTrust
- 02 Oct 2018

University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Reno has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.

The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organising, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust is an international community of research libraries committed to the long-term curation and availability of the cultural record. It has a growing membership currently comprising more than 140 partners. Members include: Cornell University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, Northwestern University, and Princeton to name a few. Through their common efforts and deep commitment to the public good, member libraries support the teaching and learning activities of the faculty, students or researchers at their home institutions, and the scholarly needs of the broader public as well.

Over the last ten years, HathiTrust members have contributed more than 16 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. More than six million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

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CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group survey on building capacity for digital preservation in Canada
- 03 Aug 2018

As Canadian memory institutions are increasingly called to preserve and give access to valuable digital materials into the future, there is a need to develop a clearer understanding of what gaps exist between available resources and growing needs in the field of digital preservation. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Digital Preservation Working Group (CARL DPWG) seeks input from memory institutions across Canada on the state of digital preservation capacity and gaps in their organisations.

The goal of the survey is to provide for a more accurate picture of digital preservation activities in Canada and to understand the needs of different types and sizes of institutions. Ultimately, it is anticipated that the findings will contribute to the development of strategies, policies, expertise, and resource allocation that will enable the community to build capacity and help ensure that Canada's valuable digital assets are preserved for future generations.

The aggregate survey results will be made available via a white paper report. All survey data will be anonymised. The survey is open until midnight August 31, 2018.

A PDF version of the survey questions is available for download for consultation on areas where information may need to be gathered. The survey should ideally be completed by an individual at an organisation who has oversight over digital preservation activities from the point of view of policy, technology, resources, and collections. CARL members who completed the first phase of the survey in 2017 do not need to complete it again.

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University library members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries jointly release 2016-17 expenditure data
- 14 May 2018

University library members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have jointly released their 2016-17 expenditure data for journal and database subscriptions licensed through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network consortium.

The CARL Scholarly Communications Roadmap identified the need for more collective action toward greater transparency of licensing information among member institutions. As publicly funded institutions, research libraries recognise that it is in the public's interest that they provide maximum transparency about the costs and license information of the contractual arrangements for information resources and services into which they enter.

A dataset and associated summary table have been released detailing expenditure costs of CARL member university libraries for their subscriptions for 2016-17. The data is not comprehensive of all CARL member libraries, and for those included, it is not comprehensive of their licensed subscriptions.

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The University of Cincinnati Libraries joins HathiTrust
- 10 May 2018

The University of Cincinnati Libraries have joined HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future by collaboratively collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge. UC Libraries joins more than 130 international research libraries in HathiTrust, and is the third Ohio library to join along with The Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University.

HathiTrust began in 2008 as a collaboration of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (now the Big Ten Academic Alliance) and the University of California system to establish a repository to archive and share their digitised collections. At present, the HathiTrust's Digital Library catalogue equals 16 million volumes digitised and deposited by member libraries.

As members of HathiTrust, the University of Cincinnati community will have full access to digital materials inputted by UC Libraries, as well as those items in the public domain and those for which there is permission. In addition, benefits of HathiTrust membership include digital content storage, cost-effective long-term preservation and access services for UC Libraries' digitised content.

The initial focus of the HathiTrust collaboration has been on preserving and providing access to digitised book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitised by Google, the Internet Archive and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives. The members aim to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world and to develop shared strategies for managing and developing their digital and print holdings in a collaborative way. HathiTrust members ensure the reliability and efficiency of the digital library by relying on community standards and best practices, developing policies and procedures to manage content and services at scale and by maintaining a modular, open infrastructure.

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Canadian Association of Research Libraries signs San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
- 05 Apr 2018

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has signed on to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which recommends changes in practices by the research community regarding the use of research metrics.

Research metrics (or bibliometrics) are a variety of techniques that provide a statistical analysis of publications' use, and which are regularly referred to by the various stakeholders in the scholarly research community for assessing research impact.

First launched in 2013, the DORA declaration recognises that research metrics can be useful for gauging certain types of contributions, but that they also have inherent limitations. The declaration recommends changes and alternatives to the use of research metrics by funding agencies, institutions, researchers, journals, publishers, and organisations that assess and provide metrics. DORA currently counts over 450 organisational signatories and nearly 12,000 endorsements from individuals.

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CARL and BCI sign agreement advancing research data management and digital preservation in Canada
- 23 Feb 2018

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) have signed an agreement that will see both organisations work together to advance regional and national issues relating to the data management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

This partnership brings together the collective expertise, resources and influence from BCI member institutions and CARL's Portage Network to focus on building connections between research data management and effective digital preservation.

By partnering with CARL's Portage Network, Quebec universities will contribute to the national initiative to implement infrastructure and the services needed by BCI researchers to meet the requirements of the three federal councils for research data management.

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CARL releases new brief on the increasingly alarming situation of escalating subscription costs for international journals
- 16 Feb 2018

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a new brief entitled Responding to Unsustainable Journal Costs, which addresses the increasingly alarming situation of escalating subscription costs for international journals.

Authored by CARL Research Associate Kathleen Shearer, with input from the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the brief provides an overview of the current situation and discusses the systemic issues contributing to the problem. While this issue is not new for libraries - they have been dealing with it for decades - it is now getting to a point of crisis. The aim of the brief is to raise awareness with the broader community and define an appropriate national response.

Although the library community has been actively working to mitigate the increasing unsustainable situation through redistribution of library budgets, journal cancelations, and consortial purchasing, more must be done. A coordinated approach is needed, and the brief provides recommendations for how the Canadian university community can work together to tackle this important issue.

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CARL appoints Jeff Moon as Director, Portage
- 01 Sep 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has announced the appointment of Jeff Moon as the next Director of Portage. Moon has accepted a secondment commencing September 15, 2017. He succeeds Chuck Humphrey, who has held this role since September 2015.

Portage is a national research data management (RDM) initiative developed by CARL to assist researchers and other RDM stakeholders, through a library-based network of expertise and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data. As Portage enters the second year of its current business plan, it aims to continue progress made on its central goals of: fostering a community of practice for RDM; facilitating and providing leadership in the development of RDM infrastructure; and engaging and advocating for RDM with stakeholder communities.

Moon joins CARL/Portage after thirty years of service at Queen's University Library, most recently focusing on the development of RDM services in partnership with stakeholders across the library and the university. Moon has chaired the Portage Data Management Planning Expert Group, which developed and launched the successful DMP Assistant tool and related Portage Data Stewardship Template for the past two years. He currently serves on the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) Academic Council, and on the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) External Advisory Committee.

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CARL and CAUL-CBUA announce collaboration to advance data management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community
- 14 Jun 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Council of Atlantic University Libraries / Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique (CAUL-CBUA) have announced the signing of an agreement that will see both organisations work together to advance regional and national issues relating to the data management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

This partnership brings together the collective expertise, resources and influence from CAUL-CBUA member institutions and CARL's Portage Network to focus on building connections between research data management and effective digital preservation.

CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada's research libraries, promotes effective and sustainable knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation, and enhances its members' capacity to advance research and higher education. CARL members include Canada's 29 largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL has launched Portage, comprising a library-based network of expertise on Research Data Management (RDM) and national platforms for planning, preserving, and discovering research data.

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Canadian Association of Research Libraries elects Donna Bourne-Tyson as CARL President
- 13 Jun 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has announced that Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian, Dalhousie University, has been elected CARL President for a two year-term (2017–2019). She succeeds Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost Libraries & Digital Planning at Queen's University, who served as CARL President from 2015 to 2017.

Bourne-Tyson recently commenced her second term as the University Librarian at Dalhousie, having been in the role since 2011. She currently oversees a team of 120 librarians and staff and ensures Dal Libraries meet the needs of the Dalhousie community through supporting initiatives such as open access, scholarly communications, research data preservation and learning communities. Previous to Dalhousie, she served as the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University.

As President of CARL, Bourne-Tyson will work collaboratively with 29 of Canada's largest university libraries plus Library and Archives Canada and Canada's National Science Library. CARL supports Canada's research community by providing improved access to research services, promoting effective and sustainable scholarly communication and advocating public policies that enable broad access to scholarly information. CARL member libraries spend over $335 million annually on information resources to support learning, teaching and research and act as a foundation for Canadian-led innovation by providing access to knowledge, as well as preserving vital information required to support Canada's research community.

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CARL and OCUL in deal to enhance data management and digital preservation in Canada
- 05 May 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) have signed an agreement to work together to identify and advance regional and national issues relating to the data discovery, management and digital preservation needs of the Canadian research community.

The agreement brings together research data management expertise from CARL’s Portage Network and digital preservation expertise from OCUL's Scholars Portal to work together on identifying areas of integration and interoperability across systems supporting research data in Canada.

The agreement will enable OCUL member institutions to assemble effective workflows for access to and preservation of research data, while at the same time leveraging this community's expertise to advance Portage's goal of building nationwide communities of practice related to the long-term preservation of research data. Consequently, CARL and OCUL will work together to enhance communications and cooperation for effective OCUL-wide engagement with Portage, especially for OCUL members who are not currently CARL members. The agreement will also help to foster ongoing collaboration between Portage and OCUL's Scholars Portal service in important areas such as long-term preservation storage, data management and publishing services such as Dataverse, and data discovery.

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HathiTrust Research Center seeks proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support projects
- 10 Apr 2017

The Advanced Collaborative Support Program (ACS), a scholarly service at the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to computational analysis, is offering non-consumptive access to the entire HathiTrust collection. HTRC seeks proposals in three categories - Extracted features dataset, HTRC parallel analysis tools and Data Capsule service.

These services are developed from the entire text corpus of the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of 15 million volumes digitised from 45 research libraries in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Approximately 60% of the collection is in-copyright and is available for data mining only through the HathiTrust Research Center. More descriptive statistics about the collection can be found online at https://www.hathitrust.org/statistics_visualizations.

HTRC anticipates awarding up to 4-6 ACS projects this round, depending on scope of projects on HTRC staff, with at least three awardees spots reserved for applicants from HathiTrust member institutions. Key content of the proposal should include the research context and problems, identification of one of the three operational interaction modes (I-III above) in which the scholar proposes to work, a detailed characterisation of the data to be engaged, projected outcomes, and if can be provided, a description of the type of assistance sought from HTRC.

The HTRC ACS awards are modeled in the form of HTRC staff time. Each awarded proposal will receive access to dedicated HTRC staff to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. The HTRC ACS staff consists of specialists in both information and computer sciences.

Awardees can be individual scholars or a team of scholars. The HTRC staff member assigned to an award will provide, as needed, a general overview of HTRC tools and services, relevant components within their selected interaction mode. The staff member will also provide prototyping support and collection expertise. Awarded scholars are expected to collaborate on necessary parts of the project as agreed upon with HTRC prior to the project start time.

The successful respondent will demonstrate a feasible and adaptable use case grounded in the needs of an identifiable scholar or scholarly community; scholar(s) well qualified to conduct the work proposed; a viable work plan and schedule of completion for projects ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months; and a set of activities scoped within the range of HTRC's ability to provide technical support (e.g., datasets, compute cycles, prototyping, etc.).

Proposals coming from academic and non-profit institutions are eligible. 3 project awards are reserved for HT member institutions, but non-members are still eligible for an award.

For full consideration, an electronic copy of the complete proposal must be submitted by 5:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone U.S.) on June 19, 2017. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file containing all proposal elements to acs@hathitrust.org. Each proposal element - cover sheet, summary and rationale, narrative, bio-sketches - should be a separate file within the zip file. Acceptable formats for proposal elements are PDF and MS Word (.doc or .docx).

HTRC anticipates awarding up to 4-6 ACS projects this round depending on the magnitude of the obligation on HTRC staff, with at least three of the awards reserved for applicants from HathiTrust member institutions Pending membership applications will be considered during the award process. This 2017 call gives preference to projects that utilise the Data Capsule. A project result that can be generalised to benefit a larger scholarly community with similar research needs is seen as a plus. All proposals will be reviewed by the HTRC Executive Management group and the ACS group. Respondents will be notified of the HTRC's final decision, via email, by July 14, 2017.

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SMU Libraries Join HathiTrust
- 21 Feb 2017

SMU Libraries are now among the newest members of HathiTrust. SMU faculty, students, and staff now have access to in-copyright works and additional text mining tools as part of the new membership in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions. It was initially conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system, and the University of Virginia to establish a repository for those universities to archive and share their digitized collections, and quickly expanded to include additional partners with fast growing treasure of digitized collections.

To learn more, HathiTrust is offering a New Member Webcast on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

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CARL releases Roadmap towards sustainable scholarly communication
- 30 Jan 2017

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has released a Scholarly Communications Roadmap that presents clear activities it aims to undertake to stimulate positive change towards an open, sustainable, effective and innovative scholarly communication system.

The key activities identified by CARL for action in the next few years are increase awareness and engage stakeholders about the benefits of open access and the need for change; promote and accelerate the adoption of open science policies; lower the economic barriers to the creation and dissemination of academic publications; promote the responsible application of impact and productivity measures for research; and expand the types of research outputs that contribute to the formal scholarly communication system.

CARL recognises that these activities will likely intersect with other local, regional and international efforts, and is committed to working with other organisations and stakeholders to achieve their objectives. As the scholarly communication system evolves CARL will update this Roadmap to reflect any new characteristics and circumstances.

The full text of the document is available in English and in French.

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HathiTrust releases significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Extracted Features (EF) Dataset, Version 1.0
- 06 Dec 2016

https://www.hathitrust.orgHathiTrust has announced the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) Extracted Features (EF) Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) at an unprecedented scale.

The Extracted Features Dataset opens the complete HathiTrust collection for investigations into historical and cultural trends, the rise and fall of topics within the corpus, and the evolution of words and writing structures in publications dating from the 16th to the late 20th century. The EF Dataset provides quantitative information about word and line counts, parts of speech, and other details within each page of every volume in the HTDL. In addition to these larger-scale investigations, the EF Dataset also allows researchers to closely analyze the contents of a given volume or subset of volumes.

The data is extracted from 13.7 million volumes found in the HTDL, representing over 5 billion pages consisting of over 2 trillion tokens (words). A preliminary release of the EF Dataset, drawn from a much smaller subset comprising only HathiTrust’s public domain collection, has already enabled novel research from scholars in economics, history, linguistics, literary studies and sociology, among other fields.

Founded in 2008 and hosted at the University of Michigan, HathiTrust preserves and provides access to millions of digitized books and journals from the collections of more than 120 institutional academic and research partners via its certified trusted digital repository. This searchable archive of published literature from around the world includes both in-copyright and public domain materials from mass digitization programs and partners’ local digitization initiatives.

The HathiTrust Research Center is an advanced research service of HathiTrust and a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois. The Research Center team strives to meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text, by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyber infrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

More information about the Extracted Features Dataset and access to it, go to https://analytics.hathitrust.org/datasets. The HTRC EF Dataset is released under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

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Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group to ensure wide dissemination of research results
- 09 Nov 2016

Stakeholders including scholarly publishers, academic libraries, funders, and researchers have joined forces to develop a framework for advanced, robust, sustainable, collaborative models for the Canadian dissemination of the scholarly record. Scholars, research funders, libraries, academic institutions and a growing number of scholarly publishers share a common goal of enabling research results to be widely distributed internationally in public high quality publishing venues at the lowest possible costs.

The Canadian Scholarly Publishing Working Group recently held a full-day meeting in Ottawa continuing its exploration into sustainable collaborative journal and article publishing models, followed by an examination of needs related to research data, monographs and new forms of scholarship. Funding scenarios for new models will also be discussed by the Group. The Working Group will consider models to ensure the sustainability of the Canadian publishing sector, including co-operatives, Open Access, and others.

The outcomes will inform the development and reinforcement of platforms in the Canadian research landscape as a key component of a larger knowledge mobilisation strategy.

Members of the Working Group, recruited by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), began their collective work in July 2016, and aim to achieve their goals no later than April 1, 2017.

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HathiTrust announces new board of governors
- 11 Oct 2016

The members of HathiTrust have elected four library directors to serve on its Board of Governors beginning in 2017. Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas, and Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, Harvard University, will serve three-year terms ending in December 2019. Beth McNeil, Dean of Libraries at Iowa State University, has been reelected to the Board of Governors to a term that will conclude in December 2018. Joseph P. Lucia, Dean of Libraries at Temple University, will serve a one-year term concluding in December 2017.

Kevin Smith previously served as Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at Duke University for ten years before moving to the University of Kansas in 2016. Smith is well known for his writing and commentary on scholarly communications and copyright issues and for his advocacy for effective public policy to support researchers and libraries. He has previously served on the SPARC Steering Committee, the Advisory Board for the HathiTrust Copyright Review Management System, and the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository.

Sarah Thomas came to Harvard in 2013 having previously served as Bodley's Librarian, University of Oxford (2007-2013) and the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University (1996-2007). She has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries, as a board member of Research Libraries UK, and now sits on the Board of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Beth McNeil, who joined Iowa State University in 2015, is a current member of the HathiTrust Board of Governors, and her current term ends in December. She has been reelected to replace retiring Board member Anne Kenney of Cornell University, beginning in April 2017. McNeil currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libraries at Temple University, which he joined in 2013 after eleven years as University Librarian at Villanova University. He has been elected to complete the term of retiring member Bob Wolven of Columbia. Lucia was the founding president of LYRASIS in 2007-08 and continues as one of its Trustees. He also served as President of PALINET’s Board of Trustees 2006-2009 and now serves on the Board of PALCI. During his tenure at Villanova, Lucia oversaw the development and release of the VuFind discovery layer.

Exiting the Board this year are Richard Clement, University of New Mexico, and Robert Wolven, Columbia University, who is retiring one year prior to the end of his elected term. Anne Kenney, Cornell University, has announced plans to retire in April 2017.

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HathiTrust US Federal Documents Registry now available as a beta release
- 24 Aug 2016

The HathiTrust US Federal Documents Registry is now available as a beta release.

The Registry is intended to be a comprehensive source of metadata for the US federal documents corpus - material produced at government expense since 1789. While many potential use cases exist, an important use will be the identification of materials that have not yet been digitised and/or deposited into the HathiTrust repository.

The Registry was conceived in 2012 as a mechanism to determine how far HathiTrust had progressed in meeting its goal of a comprehensive digital corpus, as outlined in the ballot initiative from the 2011 Constitutional Convention. In the fall of 2013, a broad call for records was issued. From the over 40 libraries that responded, more than 25 million records was received. With such a large aggregation of records, the project team needed to develop multiple approaches for detecting and grouping duplicate records (records describing the same work).

The Registry was launched as a public alpha in June 2015, and since then the team has worked to steadily improve duplicate detection, Registry infrastructure, and the accessibility of the interface.

Now that the Registry has reached this milestone, the project team's focus will shift to gap detection in the HathiTrust digital collection. There will be a continuous effort to reduce the number of duplicate records in the Registry, while also looking to identify and fill gaps in Registry metadata. Staff will also be using Registry data and HathiTrust members’ holdings data to identify materials to be digitised.

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HathiTrust Research Center awards second round of Advanced Collaborative Support projects
- 01 Aug 2016

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced that it has awarded its second round of Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. For the first time, HTRC accepted proposals requesting non-consumptive, computational access to in-copyright materials for research purposes, marking a significant milestone for the HathiTrust. Scholars working in a broad array of fields from institutions around the world submitted proposals, and just four were awarded ACS.

Each awardee will be provided dedicated HTRC staff time to support their research of material in the HathiTrust for a period of three to six months. Proposals were reviewed on their feasibility, research methodology, and compatibility with HTRC staff resources, as well as the availability of their requested data and potential to positively benefit the wider HTRC community.

Four projects were selected in this round: Fighting Fever in the Caribbean: Medicine and Empire, 1650-1902, Mariola Espinosa, University of Iowa; Inside the Creativity Boom, Samuel Franklin, Brown University; The Chicago School: Wikification as the First Step in Text Mining in Architectural History, Dan Baciu, Illinois Institute of Technology; and Signal and Noise and Pride and Prejudice: Toward an Information History of Romantic Fiction, Dallas Liddle, Augsburg College.

HTRC anticipates releasing the next RFP this fall for projects starting in early 2017. The HTRC ACS program is funded in part by HathiTrust, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois.

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HathiTrust Digital Library announces 2016 Board of Governors election
- 26 Jul 2016

HathiTrust Digital Library has announced its 2016 Board of Governors election cycle. Beginning July 25, the Nominating Committee will receive nominations for an election to be held in the fall. Nominations are due no later than August 15. Official notice of the 2016 Election Process, which includes detailed instructions for nominations and requirements of nominees, can be found at https://www.hathitrust.org/board-of-governors-elections-2016.

The Board of Governors has ultimate responsibility for HathiTrust's activities, functions, finances, and operations. It includes six at-large members elected by the membership for three year terms, and six members appointed by the founding institutions. The Executive Director and PSC Chair serves ex officio. To be selected to be part of the final ballot, nominees should have a record of significant administrative responsibility, have demonstrated leadership within the community, and currently serve as the official member representative of a HathiTrust member institution. Members of the current Nominating Committee are not eligible for election. A list of current HathiTrust member representatives who are eligible for nomination can be found online.

Four seats will be filled in the election. These include two seats with terms running from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019; one seat with a term running from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018; and one seat with a term running from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

Nominations may be made by any individual affiliated with a HathiTrust member institution. Self-nominations are permitted.

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HathiTrust Research Center opens doors to text mining scholars
- 06 May 2016

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), a cooperative service of Indiana University, University of Illinois, and HathiTrust, has expanded its services to support computational research on the entire collection of one of the world's largest digital libraries, held by HathiTrust. HathiTrust's collections include over 14 million digitized volumes, including more than 7 million books, more than 725,000 US federal government documents, and more than 350,000 serial publications. HathiTrust's collections are drawn from some of the largest research libraries in North America, including Indiana University and the University of Illinois.

Previously the HathiTrust Research Center supported analysis of only the public domain subset of the HathiTrust collection. HTRC is now the only place where scholars can perform text mining on the entire HathiTrust collection. In other words, researchers can now explore the entire collection, run an algorithm against all 14 million volumes, and make new connections and discoveries in the process.

At first, researchers will be able to access the HTRC collection through its Advanced Collaborative Services grants. This peer-reviewed grant process gives awardees dedicated HTRC staff time.

HTRC expects to make the full collection available through its secure HTRC data capsules in spring 2017. A features data set, derived from the full collection at both volume level and page level, will be released in fall 2016.

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HathiTrust announces new appointments to lead major services and new programs
- 17 Mar 2016

HathiTrust, a partnership of research institutions committed to preserving and providing access to digitised monographs and other materials via a shared repository, has announced the appointment of Heather Christenson, Sandra McIntyre, and Lizanne Payne to lead major services and new programs. Each will begin in May 2016.

Heather Christenson will join HathiTrust as Program Officer for Federal Documents and Collections, building partnerships to drive the expansion of the federal documents collection and services that support the discovery, access, and preservation of these materials. The initiative will dramatically increase the number of historical federal documents available online. Christenson joins HathiTrust from the California Digital Library, where she currently serves as Manager of Digital Content Development and Strategy. During her tenure with CDL she served as system wide program manager for its large scale digitization programs which have added over 3.7 million volumes to the HathiTrust collection, and has contributed to the development of numerous CDL services. Christenson also pioneered the Resource Liaison Program, a UC-wide program of over 100 librarians charged with assessment of licensed electronic resources for technical performance and utility of user interfaces.

Sandra McIntyre will serve as HathiTrust's new Director of Services and Operations. For the last eight years McIntyre has directed the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL), a collaborative digital library organisation hosted at the University of Utah. Through McIntyre's leadership, Mountain West Digital Library's membership grew from 25 to 192 partners in six states, and she facilitated its transition to a new governance and financial model. McIntyre also led the collaborative to become one of the six initial service hubs for the Digital Public Library of America. As Director of Services and Operations McIntyre will work with the HathiTrust membership to develop its long term services road map. She will manage the development and growth of core preservation and access services for users and members, and have day-to-day responsibility for HathiTrust staff who manage collection deposit, user support, copyright review, and partner outreach.

Lizanne Payne, a nationally recognised expert in shared collection management, joins HathiTrust as the Program Officer for Shared Print Initiatives. Payne will have responsibility for planning, organising and implementing the Shared Print Monograph Archiving Initiative, a program that will have a lasting impact on the future stewardship of the print record. HathiTrust's preliminary planning for the initiative calls for members to voluntarily and formally make long-term print retention commitments for monographic titles found in the HathiTrust collections. Payne has previously supported the planning and launch of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), and other regional shared print programs. Payne also served eighteen years as Director of the Washington Research Library Consortium.

HathiTrust is a growing partnership of research and academic libraries that are working together to ensure permanent access to the record of human knowledge. Founded in 2008, HathiTrust includes more than 110 members worldwide, who together support a certified trusted digital repository holding nearly 14 million digitized volumes, including 6.8 million unique monographic titles.

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2015 HathiTrust Board election results announced
- 02 Nov 2015

The members of HathiTrust have elected three individuals to serve on its Board of Governors beginning January 1, 2016. Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch Librarian, Cornell University, and Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, will serve three-year terms that end in December 2018. Beth McNeil, Dean of Library Services at Iowa State University, will serve a one-year term.

Kenney was appointed to the Board in February 2015 to temporarily fill the seat left vacant by Patricia Steele's retirement from the University of Maryland. She has served on the Board of the Association of Research Libraries and currently serves on the Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources. Under Kenney's leadership Cornell University Library has consistently pursued cross-institutional collaboration, including the 2CUL partnership with Columbia University, and pursued sustainable business operations for major open access initiatives, such as arXiv.org, the e-print repository for physics, mathematics, and computer science.

Tabb joined Johns Hopkins University in 2002, after spending thirty years at the Library of Congress in a variety of roles, including thirteen as Acting Deputy Librarian and then as Associate Librarian for Library Services. He has served as a member of many governance and advisory boards in the Library community, and currently sits on the Boards of the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Digital Preservation Network and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Academic Preservation Trust.

McNeil joined Iowa State University this year, after serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Purdue University Libraries since 2009. Prior to joining Purdue she held senior leadership roles at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for over a decade. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries. McNeil will complete Steele's elected term.

Kenney and Tabb will replace outgoing Board members Sarah Michalak, Associate Provost and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Carol Mandel, Dean of Libraries at New York University, whose three year terms conclude at the end of 2015.

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HathiTrust Digital Library announces 2015 Board of Governors election
- 31 Jul 2015

HathiTrust Digital Library has announced its 2015 Board of Governors election cycle. Beginning August 3, the Nominating Committee will receive nominees for an election to be held in the fall. Nominations are due no later than August 24. These will be the first Board elections held since the original at-large members were elected to staggered terms in 2012.

Official notice of the 2015 Election Process, which includes detailed instructions for nominations and requirements of nominees, can be found at https://www.hathitrust.org/elections2015.

The Board of Governors has ultimate responsibility for HathiTrust's activities, functions, finances, and operations. It includes six at-large members elected by the membership and six members appointed by the founding institutions. Elected members serve three year terms. To be selected to be part of the final ballot, nominees should have a record of significant administrative responsibility, have demonstrated leadership within the community, and currently serve as the official member representative of a HathiTrust member institution.

Three seats will be filled in the election - two seats with terms running from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018, and one seat with a term running from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Nominations may be made by any individual affiliated with a HathiTrust member institution. Self-nominations are permitted.

The members of the 2015 Nominating Committee are:

Chaired by Sarah Michalak, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the other members of the 2015 Nominating Committee are: Alberta Comer, University of Utah; Robert Gerrity, University of Queensland; Lorraine Haricomb, University of Texas, Austin; and Karen Williams, University of Arizona.

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UNLV University Libraries join HathiTrust
- 23 Jul 2015

The UNLV University Libraries recently joined HathiTrust, a partnership of research institutions committed to preserving and providing access to digitised monographs and other materials via a shared repository.

Nearly 100 HathiTrust partners bring an excess of 13 million volumes of copyrighted and public domain materials to lifelong learners worldwide. More than five centuries and 400 languages represented in the HathiTrust repository will now be available to the UNLV community through the Libraries' web portal.

HathiTrust repository users can conduct bibliographic or full-text searches, read and download public domain and open access materials online, and create their own sharable collections using HathiTrust's collection-building feature. Forthcoming to the HathiTrust repository are U.S. federal documents, images, and audio files in addition to its vast book and journal collection.

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Duke University Press makes more than 140 titles available in HathiTrust
- 13 Apr 2015

Duke University Press, in partnership with Google and HathiTrust, has opened an initial set of 145 of its backlist titles in HathiTrust. These titles are available under a CC-BY-NC-ND license, and are available for reading and download worldwide.

The list of newly opened titles is eclectic, covering subjects such as literature, history, critical theory, political science, sociology, and others. Noteworthy titles include Derek Bok's 1990 volume Universities and the Future of America and a facsimile edition of early drafts of Lie Down in Darkness, by William Styron.

Duke joins other scholarly publishers, including a number of other university presses, in opening titles through HathiTrust. Rightsholders of any type may choose to apply a Creative Commons or open access license to their works held by HathiTrust, thereby making them available for research and study worldwide. Details about the permissioning process can be found at http://www.hathitrust.org/permissions_agreement.

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Texas Tech Libraries joins HathiTrust
- 24 Feb 2015

Texas Tech University Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of digitised titles from more than 100 libraries throughout the world.

The partnership increases Texas Tech Libraries' holdings by more than 5 million volumes. Anyone with an eRaider ID has 24/7 access to the vast collection. Users can download books and other content to create their own collections as well as browse featured collections other users have created.

According to HathiTrust's website, the mission of the partnership is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge.

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HathiTrust Research Center announces recipients of Advanced Collaborative Support projects
- 10 Feb 2015

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced the recipients of its inaugural Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. For the inaugural round, HTRC received a total of nine proposals from scholars from a broad set of institutions and research fields.

Each proposal was carefully reviewed for feasibility, research methodology, suitability of the proposed collaboration to HTRC staff availability, availability of the needed data in time for project beginning, and potential adaptability of the outcomes to the broader HTRC community. Three projects were selected in the first round:

Additionally, an ACS award was made to Dr. Michelle Alexopolous, a scholar in economics from the University of Toronto, who is tracking technology diffusion through time using the HT corpus. Each awardee will have dedicated HTRC staff time for a period of 3-6 months. Subsequently, HTRC looks forward to engaging another round of ACS awardees.

HTRC ACS program is funded in part by HathiTrust, Indiana University, and University of Illinois.

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Oklahoma State University Library joins HathiTrust
- 19 Jan 2015

Oklahoma State University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, 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.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 80 partners. The partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes digitized from their library collections. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. It provides the expert curation and consistent access associated with research libraries. Second, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections as both a service for partners and a public good. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching to public domain volumes, and searching of copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by people with disabilities and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into ‘collections’ that can be searched and browsed.

In a related announcement, the Georgia Tech Library also joined HathiTrust as one of its members. Through HathiTrust, the Georgia Tech campus community can now freely access more than 4.5 million digital books and journals in the public domain from a desktop or mobile device. Users can search HathiTrust’s catalogue, curate their own private libraries, and download digital material at no cost.

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Georgetown University Library joins HathiTrust
- 26 Nov 2014

The Georgetown University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, 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.

Membership in HathiTrust gives all Georgetown users advanced options when accessing HathiTrust's more than 4.5 million publically-available volumes. Users can now create reading lists, save items and download full-text pdfs of many items in HathiTrust's archive. In the future, digitized volumes from Georgetown's own collection will also be available to Georgetown users.

In addition, HathiTrust enables the Library to provide enhanced access to digitized materials, including items still in copyright, for users with print disabilities.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has more than one hundred partners who have contributed more than 12 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their collections. In collecting these volumes, HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, searching and saving public domain volumes and those belonging to a user's institution.

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HathiTrust Research Center seeks proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support projects
- 30 Oct 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) projects. ACS is a newly launched scholarly service at the HTRC offering collaboration between external scholars and HTRC staff to solve challenging problems related to HTRC tools and services.

By working together with scholars, we facilitate computational access to HathiTrust Research Center digital tools (HTRC) as well as the HathiTrust (HT) digital library based on individual scholarly need. This Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) will drive innovation at the scholar's digital workbench for enhancing and developing new techniques for use within the HTRC platform.

All proposals are due 5:00 p.m. January 8, 2015. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single zip file to htrc.acs.awards@gmail.com. Award notification will be made no later than January 30, 2015.

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HathiTrust Research Center awarded grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
- 31 Jul 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced a new project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH awarded $324,841 for 'Exploring the Billions and Billions of Words in the HathiTrust Corpus with Bookworm: HathiTrust + Bookworm' (HT+BW) a two-year project that begins September 1, 2014 and will conclude August 31, 2016.

This project will be directed by J. Stephen Downie (Co-Director of the HTRC and Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) in collaboration with internal partners from the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) and the University Library and external partners from Indiana University, Northeastern University, and Baylor College of Medicine.

For this project, the HTRC is partnering with the Cultural Observatory team that developed the Google Books Ngram Viewer together with Google. The goal of this collaboration is to implement a greatly enhanced open-source version of the Cultural Observatory's "Bookworm", a faceted text analysis and visualization tool used to track trends in the use of words and phrases over time. The HT+BW tool will assist scholars and their students in navigating the massive HT corpus by providing more powerful visualisations that incorporate multi-faceted "slicing and dicing" of the underlying data through an enhanced set of content-based and metadata-based features.

The HTRC is the official research arm of the HathiTrust, a repository that centrally collects image and text representations of library holdings digitized by the Google Books project and other mass-digitization efforts. Its mission is to contribute to the common good by collection, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

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HathiTrust Research Center announces alpha release of extracted features dataset
- 05 Jun 2014

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced the alpha release of a new dataset, consisting of page-level features extracted from a quarter-million text volumes.

Features are data attributes defined in such a way that they can be identified by a computer and analysed at scale. The HTRC Feature Extraction alpha dataset has already processed the underlying text, identifying headers and footers, rejoining hyphenated words, and offering page-level details such as term-frequency counts, per section (head/body/footer), per page; occurrences of terms as different parts of speech; line counts and sentence counts; and character counts at the start or end of lines.

Since it is currently in alpha version, the service is looking for feedback on how data like this can help in your research and how to better serve the scholarly community.

The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois. In conjunction with the HathiTrust Digital Library, the HTRC team strives to meet the technical challenges that researchers face when dealing with massive amounts of digital text, by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

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HathiTrust Board of Governors appoint Mike Furlough as Executive Director of HathiTrust
- 26 Feb 2014

The HathiTrust Board of Governors has announced 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. He will begin his tenure as Executive Director on May 19.

Furlough will carry forward the mission of more than 90 academic and research institutions working to transform scholarship and research in the 21st century. The partnering institutions currently own and maintain a trusted digital repository of more than 11 million volumes, digitised from partner library collections and other sources. The repository has become a unique preservation and access platform, supporting cutting-edge initiatives in open access, copyright review (the Copyright Review Management System), computational research (the HathiTrust Research Center), and a broad effort to expand access to US federal government documents, among others.

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UMass Amherst Libraries join HathiTrust partnership
- 09 Dec 2013

The UMass Amherst Libraries has become one of the newest partners of HathiTrust, 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 catalogue and download titles in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic titles.

HathiTrust is an international community of research libraries committed to the long-term curation and availability of the cultural record. Through their common efforts and deep commitment to the public good, the libraries support the teaching and learning activities of the faculty, students or researchers at their home institutions, and the scholarly needs of the broader public as well. Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 80 partners.

Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than 10 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. More than 3 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to volumes still in copyright. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into "collections" that can be searched and browsed.

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UA Libraries join HathiTrust
- 25 Nov 2013

The University of Alabama has become one of the latest 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 comprising more than 60 partners. Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than 10 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives.

More than 3 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web. HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to volumes still in copyright.

Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and they allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into collections that can be searched and browsed.

The University of Alabama Libraries is home to more than 3 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives serving the teaching, research and learning needs of University of Alabama students and faculty.

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HathiTrust announces intention to become a DPN replicating node
- 12 Nov 2013

HathiTrust recently announced its intention to become a 'replicating node' in the Digital Preservation Network, contingent upon acceptable terms and conditions for doing so.

HathiTrust is one of five institutions or consortia that have been collaborating over the past year to build a robust technological infrastructure for DPN, envisioned to be a broad, collaborative preservation safety net under girding digital repositories, ensuring that 'a single point of failure cannot jeopardize centuries of scholarship.'

DPN replicating nodes together will maintain a 'dark archive' of digital content submitted by DPN contributing nodes. The content will be replicated among the nodes with appropriate metadata and policies in place such that under certain conditions, content could be 'brightened' or made available at a future time irrespective of who deposited the content.

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Allegheny College becomes latest member of HathiTrust
- 03 Sep 2013

Allegheny College has become the latest member 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.

Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than 10 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. More than 3 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. As a trusted repository, it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, it offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available that facilitate access by persons with print disabilities and that allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into 'collections' that can be searched and browsed.

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HathiTrust Research Center awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for WCSA project
- 26 Aug 2013

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $437,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in partnership with Indiana University for a new project in the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The 'Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project' (WCSA) will be directed by HTRC Co-director and GSLIS Associate Dean for Research, J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS-affiliated faculty member and Professor of Library Administration Timothy Cole, and Beth Plale of Indiana University.

Developing the ability to slice through the massive HathiTrust corpus and to construct the precise set of materials needed for a particular scholarly investigation will open exciting new opportunities for conducting research with digital content in the humanities and beyond. Given the unprecedented size and scope of the HathiTrust corpus - in conjunction with the HTRC’s unique computational access to copyrighted materials - this project will engage scholars in designing tools for exploring, locating, and analysing content from the HathiTrust so they can conduct computational scholarship at scale, based on meaningful worksets.

In an effort to increase community participation in HTRC and engagement with the HathiTrust corpus, the HTRC will release an open, competitive Request for Proposals in November 2013 with the intent to fund four prototyping projects that will build tools for enriching and augmenting metadata for the HathiTrust corpus. Throughout the project, the HTRC will also work closely with the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) to develop a set of formal data models that will be used to capture and integrate the outputs of the funded prototyping projects with the larger HathiTrust corpus.

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Registrations now open for HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp 2013
- 15 Aug 2013

HathiTrust has announced that registration is open until August 31 for the second annual HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp, to be held September 8–9, 2013, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries that are collaborating to build a digital library initiative that preserves and provides access to the published record in digital form.

The UnCamp is a dynamic un-conference that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, and part informational. The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to digital humanities and informatics tool developers, researchers and librarians, and graduate students.

The HathiTrust Research Center is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, to help meet the technical challenges of working with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face. The HTRC develops cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.

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HathiTrust and DPLA partnership to make nearly 3.5 million books accessible via DPLA portal and API
- 19 Jun 2013

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.

Of HathiTrust's nearly 11 million volumes, the metadata records associated with the almost 3.5 million that are freely available will be accessible on the web at dp.la, and through the DPLA application programming interface (API), making HathiTrust a DPLA 'content hub.' The digitised volumes themselves will continue to reside in HathiTrust.

The partnership makes HathiTrust the single largest DPLA content hub, in the company of institutions such as the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the New York Public Library, and many others.

The partnership officially began on June 18, 2013, and the data is in the process of being transferred from HathiTrust to the Digital Public Library of America. DPLA will be working to add a special interface for books to supplement its novel map and timeline browsing interfaces, but the HathiTrust content will be available through the current site as soon as the data is loaded.

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HTRC unveils data mining and analytics tools for HathiTrust Digital Library
- 24 Apr 2013

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) has announced the availability of data mining and analytics tools for the HathiTrust Digital Library, a collection of digital texts from over 70 research libraries around the world. The new tools seek to provide an entry point to large-scale analysis of HathiTrust's contents.

Indiana University and the University of Illinois are the founding partners of the HTRC. The new infrastructure release follows an aggressive development path set forth by the HTRC Executive Management Team at the 2012 HTRC UnCamp, a gathering of HTRC developers, researchers and librarians. Users can now expect to apply sophisticated computational research methodology across the large-scale collection, leveraging metadata crafted over time by libraries.

In phase two of the HTRC (September 2012-March 2013), the HTRC Technical Working Group created production versions of the beta services previewed at the 2012 UnCamp event. They are now working to open the resources to community testers who are part of the HTRC User Group Community.

The HTRC service stack, which provides the analytical entry point, is based on a completely new technical architecture. This framework leverages existing analytics tools such as SEASR (seasr.org), digital library software such as Blacklight, and a services-oriented architecture application interface. The current production phase includes a HTRC Sandbox that is open to scholars for evaluation of the HTRC services stack as part of their experiments.

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CARL hails additional budget allocation for research programmes
- 25 Mar 2013

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has shared the government's belief that research and innovation are imperative for Canada's long-term prosperity. It has stated that it is content to see some notable commitments in the 2013 Economic Action Plan.

CARL is reportedly pleased to see an additional $225 million allocated for Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) programmes. It is hopeful that this will enable the CFI to develop programming to enhance Canada's digital research infrastructure, notably so that researchers and innovators can take full advantage of the vast amounts of research data generated every year.

CARL believes that the government must increase its support for Canada's federal research granting agencies, which fund programmes that fuel scientific discovery in all fields. Nevertheless, the $37 million allocated for industry research partnerships will be helpful encouragement for new collaboration opportunities.

The association has also commended the government's commitment to celebrate Canadian history in the lead up to 2017. Museums and historical sites are important for the commemoration of history, but broader online access to the nation's documentary heritage will be crucial for teaching and researching its history, CARL has noted.

Finally, it notes the importance accorded to a number of other measures that favour increased access to information for all Canadians. Notable examples are the continued funding for infrastructure programmes that favour access to broadband Internet services and $3 million to improve access to library services by the visually disabled.

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University Libraries at Virginia Tech join HathiTrust
- 22 Oct 2012

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech has joined the HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries that are collaborating to build a digital library initiative that preserves and provides access to the published record in digital form.

As HathiTrust members, Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff will have access to more than 3 million public domain books. The Virginia Tech community will be able to search HathiTrust's catalogue and download imprints in the public domain. Users can then create their own private libraries of these electronic imprints.

Also, because HathiTrust's collections are digitised, special access is available for users who are blind or visually impaired.

The University Libraries will contribute original content to HathiTrust's efforts as a sustaining partner. Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has more than 60 members and is growing. Over the last four years, the partners have contributed more than 10 million volumes to the digital library.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, it is a trusted repository. HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, and provides expert curation and consistent access long-associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This access includes viewing, downloading, and searching capabilities to public domain volumes, as well as searching capability to volumes still restricted by copyright.

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HathiTrust, Authors Guild file motions for summary judgment in digitisation suit
- 09 Jul 2012

The parties in the Authors Guild vs HathiTrust case have reportedly filed motions for summary judgment. While the Authors Guild asserted that it should win because the library defendants had no viable defence for their mass-digitisation programme, the HathiTrust argued that it should win because its programme clearly fell under fair use. A third motion was also filed, in support of the HathiTrust, by the National Federation of the Blind.

In its copyright infringement suit, filed in September of 2011, the Authors Guild alleges that the HathiTrust, a digitisation collective of research libraries, is built with millions of ‘unauthorised’ scans created by Google.

The suit seeks an injunction barring the libraries from future digitisation of copyrighted works; and from providing works to Google for its scanning project. It also seeks to bar Google from proceeding with its plan to allow access to ‘orphan works.’ Additionally, the suit asks the court to ‘impound’ all unauthorised scans and to hold them in escrow ‘pending an appropriate act of Congress.’

The Authors Guild brief argues that libraries have deprived authors of potential sales, exposed their books to ‘potentially catastrophic security risks,’ and undermined the copyright owners’ ability to decide whether, when and under what circumstances to participate in existing or new licensing opportunities.

The HathiTrust motion for summary judgement relies almost entirely on fair use. It asserts that all four factors of the fair use analysis either favour or ‘tilt toward’ the libraries. HathiTrust attorneys also argue that there is no evidence of the market harms the Authors Guild claims.

Opposition briefs are due on July 20, and replies in support of summary judgement are due on July 27.

University of Delaware Library joins HathiTrust partnership
- 09 Apr 2012

The University of Delaware Library has announced that it has become one of the latest members of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

The University of Delaware Library plans to contribute public domain volumes digitised through in-house projects to the HathiTrust.

Launched in 2008, the HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than 60 partners. Over the last two years, the partners have contributed more than eight million items to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google, the Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. More than two million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the web.

The HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners, the HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into 'collections' that can be searched and browsed.

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HathiTrust creates new 12-member Board of Governors
- 04 Apr 2012

HathiTrust has announced the composition of its new 12-member Board of Governors, which will lead the library collaborative into its next phase. HathiTrust is 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.

The board, which replaces the Executive Committee established by the founding members in 2008, will oversee HathiTrust’s 10-million volume digital preservation repository, research center, and other initiatives. The decision to create the board was made during the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention held in October 2011, which was convened to chart HathiTrust's governance structure and priorities going forward.

The board officially begins work on April 16, 2012. Among its first priorities will be to implement the remaining proposals passed during the Constitutional Convention. These include the establishment of a distributed archive of print monographs corresponding to the digital copies held in HathiTrust; the creation of an approval process for proposed new initiatives; a fee-for-service model for content deposit; a mechanism for allowing non-partners to contribute content to the repository; and a coordinated effort to expand access to digitised US federal government documents.

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NLM and Cengage Learning come together to complete mass-digitisation projects
- 02 Apr 2012

The Archive and Modern Manuscripts Program of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division recently worked with Cengage Learning to complete two full-collection digitisation projects for Archives Unbound, Cengage’s online digital archive and manuscripts resource. Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide.

The collections total over 70,000 images. Patrons can freely view the collections via Archives Unbound in the HMD reading room or add the collections to their local Archives Unbound accounts. They may also consult the physical holdings in the HMD Reading Room. HMD is currently planning to provide this content, as well as that of other collections, via its own open access digital manuscripts presence.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a component of the US’ National Institutes of Health.

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Harvard Library to deposit about 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust
- 08 Mar 2012

The Harvard Library has announced that it will deposit about 200,000 public domain volumes in HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials. The move follows Harvard's first deposit of about 53,000 volumes in HathiTrust in 2011.

The Harvard Library, founded in 1638, claims to be the world’s largest university library and the oldest academic library in North America. With approximately 17 million books, more than eight million photographs and an estimated 400 million manuscript items, the Library’s holdings span a vast range of subjects, languages and dates.

HathiTrust was formed in 2008 with a mission to ‘contribute to the common good by collecting, organising, preserving, communicating and sharing the record of human knowledge.’ Currently, the shared repository has more than sixty institutional participants and contains more than 10 million digitised volumes, with more than 2.7 million public domain works are available online.



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NLM reaches 1 millionth mark in scanning pages for Medical Heritage Library Project
- 29 Feb 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the US’ National Institutes of Health, reached a benchmark at the conclusion of its 175th anniversary year, 2011, when it scanned its one millionth page for the Medical Heritage Library Project.

NLM is contributing Medicine in the Americas to the Medical Heritage Library Project, a cooperative venture to digitise historical materials from the collections of the NLM, the Countway Library at Harvard, the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Library at Yale, the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library at Columbia University and the New York Public Library (http://www.medicalheritage.org). The goal of the project, launched in January 2010, is to digitise books and journals that document the evolution of American medicine from 17th century colonial medicine to 20th century research hospitals. The whole of NLM's contribution of over 6,000 books will be available through NLM's Digital Collections repository, and the entire content of the Medical Heritage Library will be available through the Internet Archive.

Medicine in the Americas titles are selected from the NLM's History of Medicine Division (HMD), including books and pamphlets from the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. The collection currently features items from 1610 to 1865. Topics covered include anatomy, military medicine, medical education, medical jurisprudence, public health, psychiatry and nursing. Future work will encompass titles published through 1920.

The Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative, is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Open Knowledge Commons. The Medicine in the Americas files will reside in NLM's Digital Collections repository.

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Washington University Libraries join HathiTrust partnership
- 26 Jan 2012

Washington University Libraries has joined HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries to preserve and provide access to the published record in a digital form. The announcement was made by Shirley K. Baker, Washington University’s vice chancellor for scholarly resources and dean of University Libraries.

WUSTL is now partnering with more than 60 other major academic and research libraries from across the United States and the world in an effort to preserve and share the record of human knowledge.

Currently, HathiTrust’s repository contains more than 10 million volumes, most of which were digitised from the collections of American and British research libraries as part of the Google Books Library Project, Google’s effort to scan and make searchable the collections of several major research libraries. WUSTL users may search the HathiTrust online catalogue at hathitrust.org or libguides.wustl.edu/hathitrust.

If a desired volume is under copyright, the full text will not be displayed, but the search will list nearby libraries that have a copy. Of the HathiTrust’s 10 million volumes, more than 2.7 million are in the public domain.

Current students, faculty or staff at Washington University or at any other HathiTrust partner institution may download any of the public domain volumes held in HathiTrust.

In addition to gaining new access for current students, faculty and staff, WUSTL Libraries will have the opportunity to digitise rare or unique public domain works from their own collections and deposit those digitised materials in the HathiTrust repository, where they may be accessed by persons affiliated with any of the HathiTrust members.

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University of Miami Libraries join HathiTrust
- 17 Oct 2011

The University of Miami has become the latest member of HathiTrust, 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.

According to William Walker, Dean and University Librarian, the University’s HathiTrust membership will give the UM community access to an additional 2.6 million public domain books published before 1923. The volumes were primarily scanned from the collections of American and British research libraries, including The University of Michigan, Stanford, the New York Public Library, Oxford University, and Harvard, primarily as part of the Google Books Project.

As members of the Trust, members of the UM community will be able to search the Trust catalogue and download imprints in the public domain. This will allow UM users to create private libraries of these electronic imprints. The UM Libraries will also be able to contribute digitised works that can be uploaded into the Trust’s repository.

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UConn Libraries join HathiTrust Digital Library
- 07 Sep 2011

The UConn Libraries have become the latest member of HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating to compile a massive digital library of published scholarship.

HathiTrust includes material from the Google Books Library Project, an effort by Google to scan and make searchable the collections of several major research libraries. It also includes material from the Internet Archive, a non-profit that offers free online access to historical digital collections, in which UConn has been an active participant since 2008.

HathiTrust allows users to do full-text searches of all the books in the repository, as well as download all material in the public domain. In addition, members of the community who are visually impaired will be able to download the full text of material that is in copyright for use with assistive technology.

HathiTrust was launched in 2008 by the then 12-university consortium, known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system. It has grown to more than 50 partners, including Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. UConn is the first public research university in New England to become a member.

In the past two years, HathiTrust’s partners have contributed more than 9 million volumes to the digital library, digitised from their library collections. More than 2 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and are freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves as a secure repository, guaranteeing the long-term preservation of the material while providing expert care and consistent access to research libraries. It also acts as a bridge between partners and the public, offering access to the digital collections that includes viewing, downloading, and searching.

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University of California Libraries expand access to orphan works via HathiTrust
- 25 Aug 2011

The University of California Libraries will join with the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin and University of Florida in an initiative to identify and make available digital versions of "orphan works" within the holdings of the HathiTrust Digital Library.

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The majority of HathiTrust holdings are in-copyright works, of which an unknown but likely large proportion are so-called "orphans" - works whose owners cannot be identified or located. The University of California will join the effort to identify orphan works and publicise information about them in order to give rights holders an opportunity to claim them and make informed decisions about their availability within HathiTrust. It is said to be likely that many people with these rights wish to make the books fully viewable.

The majority of orphans probably are just that - lacking anyone to claim ownership. If the orphan works are not claimed by rights holders, the digital volumes will be made available in full view to HathiTrust partner library patrons if their libraries hold those works in their print collections.

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University of Florida Libraries join HathiTrust Digital Library
- 15 Jul 2011

The University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries has joined the HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in the HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. Currently, the HathiTrust has 8.9 million digitised volumes.

As a result of its participation in the HathiTrust, users of the UF Libraries will soon gain access to digital versions of some of the thousands of orphan works held in print by the UF Libraries that are also available in the HathiTrust Digital Library. These works will be fully searchable, viewable and accessible to UF students and faculty wherever there is a connection to the Internet. The print copy remains available if needed.

The UF Libraries join with the libraries at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin in an initiative to identify orphan works and attempt to locate the 'parents.' The libraries will create a mechanism to publicise bibliographic information about the orphans to give their parents the opportunity to claim them and make informed decisions about the status of their work in the HathiTrust.

It is likely that the majority of orphans exist without a surviving person or entity to claim ownership. If owners do not come forward, the digital versions of these scholarly works will be made available through the HathiTrust and each library will provide its users with access to the ones that match its print holdings. Orphan works from the HathiTrust will be available to users of the UF Libraries later this year.

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Lafayette joins HathiTrust digital library initiative; approves OA research resolution
- 01 Jul 2011

Lafayette has become the first liberal arts college to join HathiTrust, a cooperative of academic and research libraries seeking to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. The College is also one of just four liberal arts institutions to approve an open access resolution which allows the public to view Lafayette faculty journal publications in a freely accessible, permanent digital repository.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising 50 partners from the US and Europe. Partner libraries have already contributed more than eight million volumes to the digital library, pooled from content digitised by Google Books and the Internet Archive, as well as local digitisation efforts.

More than two million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the web. HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries.

As a HathiTrust partner, enhanced access will be available for Lafayette students, faculty, and staff with a Network ID and password. Enhanced access includes the ability to download complete PDFs of public domain books, the option to create and save collections of items in HathiTrust, and full text access for visually impaired users.

Lafayette's open access resolution puts the College at the forefront of the open access movement. Among liberal arts institutions, only Oberlin College, Trinity University, and Rollins College have adopted similar policies.

Under the resolution, faculty members grant the College permission to make the articles they author and co-author available through the Lafayette Digital Repository, as allowed by copyright agreements and unless that person chooses to opt out. The resolution, which was approved by the faculty in the spring, will take effect at the start of the 2011-12 academic year.

The repository already contains more than 150 faculty articles. It is indexed by all major Internet search engines, including Google, so results from these search engines can lead users directly to a relevant article in the repository.

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University of Michigan Library to share HathiTrust orphan works digitally
- 24 Jun 2011

The University of Michigan Library (U-M Library) users will soon gain access to digital versions of some of the thousands of orphan works held in common by the U-M Library and the HathiTrust Digital Library. Making these works available in HathiTrust will render them fully searchable, viewable, and accessible to U-M researchers wherever there is a connection to the Internet.

This marks the next phase in the library's orphan works project, following last month's announcement that the MLibrary Copyright Office has begun identifying orphan works from among the millions of in-copyright digitised books in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Making these orphan works accessible to the U-M community will reportedly begin to unlock that large portion of the 20th century scholarly and cultural digital record that is in copyright and unavailable because copyright holders cannot be found or contacted.

The library's intent is to foster these works and make them available so they can be used. Access to orphan works will be limited to U-M authenticated users and visitors to the campus libraries in Ann Arbor, and to works that the library holds in its print collection. In other words, the same population that can check out these works from the library's print collection now will be able to read the digital copies from other locations.

Other institutions among the HathiTrust's more than 50 partners, including the University of Wisconsin, are moving forward with similar plans to share digitised orphan works from their own collections. The orphan works identification activity is seen as an extension of the grant-funded Copyright Review Management System, which examines US works published during 1923-63 to determine whether they are in copyright. That work began at U-M, and now includes reviewers at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota. Of the more than 135,000 volumes reviewed thus far, approximately 46 percent are in copyright.

The orphan works project begins with this 46 percent; and the task of identifying true orphan works from among millions of in-copyright volumes eventually will be shared by other HathiTrust partner institutions.

The identification work now is being carried out at U-M under the auspices of the MLibrary Copyright Office. The process is documented online at www.lib.umich.edu/orphan-works. Every prospective orphan work's bibliographic information will be listed in the HathiTrust Digital Library and on the MLibrary website for 90 days, after which, if no copyright holder emerges, it will be made accessible to U-M users.

The library expects that some of these works will be accessible to the U-M community by early October.

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Boston University Libraries join HathiTrust
- 06 Jun 2011

Boston University Libraries has become the latest member 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. The Libraries plan to contribute public domain volumes digitised through in-house projects and partnerships with the Internet Archive through the Boston Library Consortium.

As a trusted repository, HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Additionally, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust also offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialised features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into 'collections' that can be searched and browsed.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than fifty partners. In addition to providing access and preservation to a rapidly growing digital corpus, member libraries are engaged in projects to enhance access and usability. The University of Michigan has launched a project to identify 'orphan works' among the millions of volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library. This is a step toward developing broader access to these copyrighted volumes whose copyright owners cannot be identified or found. Other projects include text-mining and enhanced metadata management.

Boston University Libraries will rely on HathiTrust as a key component of the Libraries' digital preservation efforts. This collaboration will enable the Libraries to both expand its digital collections and to assure durable access to its own digital assets.

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Center for Research Libraries certifies HathiTrust as trustworthy repository
- 05 Apr 2011

HathiTrust, a partnership of major research institutions and libraries, has been certified as a trustworthy digital repository by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) through their rigorous Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification (TRAC) assessment programme. Only a small number of digital repositories have been granted this certification.

The in-depth preservation audit of HathiTrust began in November 2009 and was completed in December 2010. Certification is based on criteria from the Trustworthy Repositories Audit and Certification: Criteria and Checklist (TRAC), as well as additional criteria developed by CRL. The certification was guided by an advisory panel consisting of leaders from the CRL community in collection development, library administration, and digital technology.

The audit encompassed an extensive review of data and documentation provided by HathiTrust, conversations with key HathiTrust staff, and a site visit performed by CRL in May 2010. The full audit report is available on the CRL website. Documentation of HathiTrust's compliance with TRAC can be found at http://www.hathitrust.org/trac.

This certification represents a major achievement for the partnership, which has defined itself by the transparency of its operations, the openness of its systems and services, and its reliance on broadly accepted standards and best practices for archiving and preserving digital content.

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HathiTrust and OCLC develop WorldCat Local prototype for HathiTrust Digital Library
- 19 Jan 2011

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, and the HathiTrust have developed a unique WorldCat Local user interface for discovery of items accessible through the HathiTrust Digital Library. HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

The WorldCat Local prototype (http://hathitrust.worldcat.org) for the HathiTrust Digital Library was designed and implemented by both organisations in close cooperation as a means to further develop a shared digital library infrastructure. The WorldCat Local interface for the HathiTrust Digital Library is based on the WorldCat database, and will run along with the current HathiTrust catalogue during the prototype testing period.

As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, the HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the massive digitised collections of partner institutions. It offers libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content, whether scanned volumes, special collections, or born-digital materials. The representation of these resources in digital form offers expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning.

OCLC and HathiTrust have been working together to increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. The creation of the unique public interface through WorldCat Local is seen to be the next step to offer enhanced access to this vital collection.

HathiTrust Digital Library records are discoverable through the separate WorldCat Local interface, as well as through WorldCat.org.

OCLC and HathiTrust are seeking feedback from users of the new HathiTrust public interface through WorldCat Local. Feedback from the user community and usability assessments will inform future development of the HathiTrust Digital Library catalogue.

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Baylor University Libraries join HathiTrust Digital Library consortium
- 17 Nov 2010

The Baylor University Libraries have joined the Library of Congress and a group of more than 50 leading research universities in a partnership with HathiTrust, a collaborative digital archive initiative that will enhance research resources available to the Baylor community.

HathiTrust was established in 2008 when the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the libraries of the University of California system and the University of Virginia established a repository to archive and share digital collections. The HathiTrust Digital Library already includes more than 7.2 million volumes digitised by Google, Microsoft, partner libraries and other organisations. The collection will continue to expand as member institutions add their digital collections to the repository.

HathiTrust seeks to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. By virtue of the Baylor University Libraries entering into this international collaborative digitisation effort during the first wave of HathiTrust's expansion, they will participate in a 'constitutional convention' in 2011 to define the next phase of governance of this effort and shape future directions for the partnership of HathiTrust members.

The Baylor University Libraries connect people with ideas in support of teaching, learning, scholarship and academic distinction. Its central libraries (Moody Memorial and Jesse H. Jones) and special collections libraries (Armstrong Browning Library, The Texas Collection and W.R. Poage Legislative Library) are home to nearly 2.5 million volumes, more than 60,000 serials, and more than 500,000 e-books, e-journals, digital collections and other online research resources.

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Cornell University Library to deposit 300,000 digital books to HathiTrust
- 21 Oct 2010

Cornell University Library, one of the leading academic research libraries in the US, has become the latest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative.

Cornell's library will deposit 300,000 digital books into HathiTrust by March 2011. In return, HathiTrust will ensure the long-term preservation of the materials. It will also make public-domain materials available and offer enhanced services, such as access for people with print disabilities.

HathiTrust seeks to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. More than two dozen institutions participate in the repository, including Columbia University (Cornell's 2CUL partner), the entire University of California system and the New York Public Library. Founded in 2008, HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of materials it holds and offers consistent access to the digital collections.

More than 1.5 million of HathiTrust's volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web. The growing repository contains nearly 7 million volumes of both copyright and public-domain materials, many of which were digitised through the Google and Internet Archive programmes.

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HathiTrust offers full-text search of millions of digitised books and journals
- 23 Nov 2009

The HathiTrust Digital Library, a partnership among some of the US's largest academic research libraries, has announced a service that is expected to transform how researchers use the more than 1.6 billion pages (4.6 million volumes) in its collections.

The service allows for full-text searching capabilities across the entire library. Researchers can now search public domain and in-copyright works by keyword or phrase. Based on open source Solr/Lucene technology, the service expands on an experimental search of public domain volumes, introduced in November 2008. Full-text search will continue to be supported across the repository as it grows at a rate of hundreds of thousands of volumes every month.

In combination with the HathiTrust Digital Library's carefully curated bibliographic data, the new functionality allows researchers to more efficiently locate items relevant to their research. It also lays the foundation for future services such as full-text search with faceted browsing, advanced search, ‘more like this’ options, and tools that can be used in computational research.

HathiTrust (http://www.hathitrust.org) is a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system, and the University of Virginia. It currently includes digitised volumes from the University of Michigan, University of California, Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. The HathiTrust partners seek to develop the repository and its services to meet the long-term needs of their academic communities, and offer a unique resource on the Web for scholarship and research.

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Cornell University Library publishes manual on copyright issues in digitisation
- 03 Nov 2009

US-based Cornell University Library has announced the release of a book titled Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for US Libraries, Archives, and Museums. The book is projected to help professionals at cultural heritage institutions address issues of using the Internet legally to improve public access to their vast collections.

Based on an Australian manual written by Emily Hudson and Andrew T. Kenyon of the University of Melbourne, the book has been developed by Cornell University Library’s senior policy advisor Peter B. Hirtle, along with Hudson and Kenyon. It has been tailored to conform to American law and practice.

The development of new digital technologies has led to fundamental changes in the ways cultural institutions fulfil their public missions of access, preservation, research and education. Many institutions are developing publicly accessible websites that allow users to visit online exhibitions, search collection databases, access images of collection items, and in some cases create their own digital content. Digitisation, however, also raises the possibility of copyright infringement. It is imperative that staff in libraries, archives and museums understand fundamental copyright principles and how institutional procedures can be affected by the law.

Copyright and Cultural Institutions seeks to assist understanding and compliance with copyright law. It addresses the basics of copyright law and the exclusive rights of the copyright owner, the major exemptions used by cultural heritage institutions, and stresses the importance of “risk assessment” when conducting any digitisation project. Case studies on digitising oral histories and student work are also included.

The book can be purchased at https://www.createspace.com/3405063, and freely download at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1495365 and http://hdl.handle.net/1813/14142.

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Cochrane Center offers free access to information in The Cochrane Library
- 20 Apr 2009

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre has announced that everyone in Canada with access to the Internet will now be able to view the full content of The Cochrane Library, an on-line resource that provides evaluations on health treatments.

The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre, in partnership with the Canadian Health Libraries Association, has successfully secured a national license to The Cochrane Library. The license provides a subscription for every Canadian with access to the Internet to benefit from the immense volume of health information found in The Cochrane Library. While this new access will help inform health consumers, healthcare providers will also benefit from this pilot project. Healthcare practitioners will save valuable time to research the best patient treatment options through easy access to this wealth of health information.

The Cochrane Library contains high quality health care information, including Systematic Reviews from The Cochrane Collaboration. These Reviews bring together research on the effects of health care and are considered the gold standard for determining the relative effectiveness of different interventions.

The Cochrane Collaboration (http://www.cochrane.org) is a UK registered international charity and claims to be the world's leading producer of systematic Reviews. It has been demonstrated that Cochrane Systematic Reviews are of comparable or better quality and are updated more often than the Reviews published in print journals.

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CARL, SPARC launch Canadian initiative to boost campus digital repository use
- 11 Mar 2009

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) have announced a new educational initiative called 'Greater Reach for Your Research'. The campaign encourages Canadian authors to use their campus digital repository to increase the use and impact of their research outputs.

The initiative features a new brochure and matching web portal, a slidecast on the importance of retaining copyright, the SPARC Canadian Author Addendum and updated brochure. The other resources available include a video interview with Ernie Ingles, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta. Faculty associations and repository advocates are invited to print or order copies of the brochure and access the suite of resources available through the CARL and SPARC websites. A US version of the brochure will be released in 2009.

The campaign lays emphasis on the practical benefits of repositories - such as more exposure for researchers' articles, universal access to research literature and long-term preservation. Citation research has reportedly shown that articles posted to a digital repository are cited more frequently than articles appearing only in journals.

Digital repositories are online archives maintained by universities, colleges, funding agencies, and other institutions to collect, preserve and provide unrestricted online access to all types of institutional research outputs. These include published articles and research data, and are seen as key components of the emerging digital research infrastructure.

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British Library to hold digital conference on managing personal digital archives
- 03 Feb 2009

The British Library is hosting a digital conference called the Digital Lives Research Conference at the British Library in London February 9-11, 2009. The event, hosted by the Digital Lives Research Project and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, will examine how libraries and archives can support individuals who wish to organise, preserve and transfer their personal digital archives.

On February 11, virtual delegates can join the conference on the Elucian Islands, the Second Life home of Nature Publishing Group and Macmillan Publishers. The programme for the day focuses on the web, and is oriented towards life online and online lives. Topics range from virtual worlds and iScience to cloud computing. Speakers include Dame Wendy Hall DBE and Nature Publishing Group's Timo Hannay. The day finishes with polar explorer Ben Saunders talking about 'Digital Life at the Extremes'.

The conference is free to attend on February 9 and 11, registration is required as space is limited. There is a registration fee of £35 for February 10, but waivers are available. Interested parties can register at http://www.bl.uk/digital-lives/conference.html.

The Digital Lives Research Conference takes advantage of the Elucian Islands meeting and conference facilities for science groups, universities and businesses. The Elucian Islands promote communication and collaboration by providing a fully functional virtual conference facility, with practical and technical support available.

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