May 24, 2022

Now Online: The January/February 2011 Edition of CLIR Issues

Articles In The Latest Issue (no. 79) Include:

Extent of Orphan Works Examined in New Publication Series

CLIR has launched a new publication series, “Ruminations.” The series will feature short research papers and essays that bring new perspective to issues related to planning for and managing organizational and institutional change in the evolving digital environment for scholarship and teaching.

We inaugurate the new series with a report by John P. Wilkin that posits the scope of works in the public domain and probable extent of orphan works in our research library collections, based on an analysis of the HathiTrust book corpus. The question of rights status is critical since it governs how works can be used or reused, especially in the digital environment.

Recent research shows that HathiTrust’s collection—which currently holds more than 5 million digitized books—is highly representative of research library collections. On this premise, Wilkin has analyzed HathiTrust’s holdings and drawn preliminary conclusions about the proportion of works that are in-copyright, in the public domain, or are orphans—that is, works whose holders cannot be located.

Wilkin conducted his analysis by examining the HathiTrust book corpus by publication date—pre 1923, 1923–1963, 1964–1977, and 1978 to present—periods that align with changes in US copyright law. The works included both US and non-US published titles.

Digital Library Federation Update
A new DLF web site will go live next month.
Frye Institute 2011 Participants Named

CLIR Offers New Workshops on Participatory Design in Academic Libraries

Calling all CLIR Sponsors to Join our April 6 Dialogue on Deep Collaboration

Register now to learn about collaborative programs that offer new services and tools that reinvigorate libraries and promote new areas of academic research. At CLIR’s 2011 Sponsors’ Symposium, “Collaborative Opportunities Amidst Economic Pressures” to be held Wednesday, April 6, in Arlington, VA, you will gain insight into three new models—the Blacklight/Hydra Project, the Medical Heritage Digital Collaborative, and Germany’s TextGrid: A Virtual Research Environment for the Humanities.

You will also hear about the latest developments with CLIR’s Digital Library Federation and its future plans.  Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and engage colleagues in small group discussions about current and potential collaborative initiatives.

The agenda is available at

CLIR Offers Dissertation Fellowship in Partnership with the Library of Congress
Register Now for Symposium, Assessing Options for Large Collections

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.