by Heather Christenson, HathiTrust Project Manager, CDL

August Activities

As the academic year begins, the HathiTrust Update on August Activities provides a report on what the HathiTrust partnership has been up to during the not-so-lazy days of summer.  A number of these are of special interest to those of us at UC.

As previously reported, the UC Libraries have joined the HathiTrust initiative to offer access to orphan works via HathiTrust.  Although so far only a small number of works are encompassed by this initiative, we hope that our participation will expand it.

Incremental progress is reported in the update on many projects, including the HathiTrust metadata management system being developed by CDL.  The metadata management development team has completed the core system and are now working on the integration phase with University of Michigan HathiTrust staff. Recently, the team gave the software that powers the HathiTrust metadata management system a name — it’s Zephir. (Zephir is the name of Babar’s little monkey friend.)

More information on HathiTrust developments, including enhancements to full-text search, a beta mobile interface, and progress in the development of access for users with print disabilities, can be found in the full update.

As always, volumes digitized from the UC Libraries continue to flow into HathiTrust.  In August over 55,000 were deposited.  We look towards the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention in October, where the UC Libraries will participate in the discussion of the governance, administrative, and financial aspects of HathiTrust as it evolves beyond the 3-year mark.

OCLC and EBSCO Announce Agreements for Full-text

Also of note, this week both OCLC and EBSCO announced agreements with HathiTrust to integrate our full-text into their discovery tools, similar to the agreement announced by SerialsSolutions last May.