January 24, 2022

HathiTrust Publishes May 2011 Activities Update

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A Few Highlights from the Report:

  • “HathiTrust completed ingest of more than 47,000 volumes contributed by the University of Virginia in May.”
  • “In May, the Communications Working Group continued planning for a HathiTrust Facebook presence, and made progress on the development of new HathiTrust promotional materials. The group also began discussions with the Usability group on working collaboratively to assemble user stories, and other potential synergies between the two groups.”
  • “The User Support Working Group assumed responsibility for the wide range of inquiries and feedback received through HathiTrust interfaces and help email addresses in May. The 8-member group has established an on-call rotation throughout the week, including weekends, to address issues in a timely and efficient manner. HathiTrust’s response to user feedback received several positive comments via Twitter during the last month. The working group is committed to maintaining a high level of service to address user comments, feedback, and suggestions.”
  • “The California Digital Library (CDL) development team is preparing a demo of the Metadata Management core system for staff at the University of Michigan on June 14, 2011. As the first major component of the new HathiTrust Metadata Management System, this is a major milestone and deliverable. The next step will be for the CDL team to address feedback raised in the demo. The team continues to interview for the open Metadata Analyst position. In the meantime, a senior metadata analyst at CDL has conducted a full metadata audit, confirming the validity of the core system design. Further information on the project is available at http://www.hathitrust.org/htmms.”
  • “Enhancements to the new PageTurner views were released in May in response to user feedback. Staff at the University of Michigan added a full-screen viewing mode, optimizing the use of screen space for content display, and improved landscape image viewing, aligning viewing controls to browser window dimensions when scrolling through the image viewport. Staff also researched ways of improving performance for larger books.”
  • Coming in June: “Release first wave of new full-text search features”
April Total
Columbia University 5,423 63,906
Cornell University 121 311,231
Harvard University 1 52,710
Indiana University 838 184,719
Library of Congress 0 71,418
New York Public Library 0 258,691
Penn State University 135 39,151
Princeton University 2,051 239,085
University of California 47,637 2,456,364
The University of Chicago 999 6,171
University of Illinois 0 14,501
University of Madrid 2,947 106,744
University of Michigan 17,516 4,355,884
University of Minnesota 1,659 86,644
University of Wisconsin 11,081 465,413
University of Virginia 47,303 47,303
Yale University Library 110 271
Total 137,821 8,760,206

Public Domain (~27%)

Total* 174,061 2,378,582

* Includes volumes opened through copyright review or rights holder

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.