The Claremont Colleges Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership with more than 100 partners. During the last six years, the partners have contributed more than 12 million volumes to the digital library from a number of sources, including Google, Internet Archive and in-house initiatives. More than 4.5 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 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 in-copyright volumes. Specialized features facilitate access by persons with disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into collections that can be searched and browsed.
Kevin Mulroy, A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library, stated: "We are excited to bring the rich benefits of HathiTrust membership to our faculty and students. The Claremont Colleges Library looks forward to joining our new partners in ensuring the preservation and availability of a wealth of digital content from research institutions. We are committed to collaborating in developing strategies for shared print initiatives and creating tools for deeper engagement with the HathiTrust collections."
"We are delighted to have The Claremont Colleges join HathiTrust. Our partnership, which includes over 110 academic and research libraries, is only as strong as our members," said Mike Furlough, executive director of HathiTrust. "Our member-focused programs include support for text and data mining, and also the development of a distributed, shared print collection that mirrors our collections. We look forward to working with our new colleagues to continue to develop these programs and services available to the colleges' faculty and students."
For more information, visit the HathiTrust LibGuide on the library's website.