DUBLIN, Ohio, January 26, 2009. HathiTrust, a group of some of the largest research libraries in the United States collaborating to create a repository of their vast digital collections, and OCLC will work together to increase visibility of and access to items in the HathiTrustís shared digital repository.
Launched jointly by the 12-university consortium known as the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the 11 university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust leverages the time-honored commitment to preservation and access to information that university libraries have valued for centuries. The groupís digital collections, including millions of books, will be archived and preserved in a single repository hosted by HathiTrust. Materials in the public domain and those where rightsholders have given permission will be available for reading online.
OCLC and HathiTrust will work 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 organizations will launch a project in the coming months to develop specifications and determine next steps.
"The connection between HathiTrust and WorldCat is a natural," said John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan Library and Executive Director of HathiTrust. "WorldCat and HathiTrust are both built by and for libraries, and their pursuit of comprehensiveness will aid our community in pursuit of more effective collection management, as well as integration of services across our institutions."
"The scope of the HathiTrust project is impressive, and OCLC is eager to support this important work," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. OCLC has worked closely with individual member institutions of the HathiTrust for many years on a variety of projects.
HathiTrust provides 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 provides expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning, and will be done with careful attention to effective solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital assets.
Any research library with digital content or an interest in curation of digital content can become a partner of the HathiTrust. For more information, visit www.hathitrust.org.
Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the worldís richest online resource for finding library materials. Search WorldCat.org on the Web at www.worldcat.org. For more information, visit www.oclc.org.