Excerpt “By the beginning of the 21st century, several trends in the evolution of libraries had emerged-collaboration was a key to survival; technology would play an integral role; library as “place” would supersede a warehouse function; and digitization would prevail.
In this article I want to explore two experiments that represent the perfect interweaving of these trends-HathiTrust (hathitrust.org) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA; dp.la). These experiments in shared systems, metadata, and digitized content represent projects of a grand and grander scale. While there is no guarantee that either of these projects will be around, at least in current manifestation, it is almost certain that within 15 years their models will provide guidance for any large-scale library ventures of the future.”
Duke University is collaborating with Cornell, Emory and Johns Hopkins to provide greater access to scanned books published between 1923 and 1963.
They were able to do what Google hasn’t been able to because their library systems own print editions of the books.
“The reason the four of us are collaborating is we had to make the case to our general counsels and our provosts that this is legal,” said Kevin Smith, a Duke librarian and lawyer who handles intellectual property issues. “We collaborated to produce memos, and we made the arguments together.”
From “Unlocking HathiTrust: Inside the Librarians’ Digital Library” at the Library Journal.
In a world where commercial forces have staked out wide swaths of digital territory, HathiTrust is a digital library by libraries for libraries, and on a huge scale. We continue and extend libraries’ traditional role —building, curating, and preserving useful collections and providing the best access possible to patrons—in the digital realm. HathiTrust is a collaborative enterprise, supported by funding and in-kind contributions from participating libraries.
Thanks Constance for letting me know about it.
Weekly News Digest May 27, 2010 Information Today.
“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has taken a giant step towards storing, preserving, and protecting its digitized book collections, partnering with HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized content from academic and research libraries. NYPL is the 27th library to join the partnership, which was formed in 2008.
HathiTrust is a digital repository for the great American research libraries. “HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. Partnership is open to all who share this grand vision.” HathiTrust currently has over 4.9 million volumes digitized, 725,645 are in the public domain. Click here to see information about monthly updates.