May 20, 2022

Report From U. of Michigan: HathiTrust Series Explores Benefits of Print Digitization

From The Michigan Daily:

On Wednesday afternoon, a gathering of approximately 40 prominent faculty, including former University Provost Paul Courant, librarians from South Africa and African Studies, English, History and Anthropology scholars from the University had discussed the implications of digitization and the organization of libraries internationally.

As part of a nine-day program titled “African Studies in the Digital Age,” Wednesday’s installment in the series was divided into three sections evaluating the benefits of digitizing print documents.


Now a Public Policy professor, Courant is a key figure in HathiTrust’s founding, having signed the original agreement that allowed Google to digitize the University’s library. He was curious to see how people, domestically and internationally, are responding to the program.

“It’s gone from not existing to being a central institution for academic libraries,” he said. “It’s great to see libraries cooperating more and more deeply and to see scholars cooperating across spaces and sharing resources. I expect and hope to see HathiTrust at the center of that.”

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On a Related Note…

A presentation by HathiTrust Director, Mike Furlough at TRLN 2014 Annual Meeting (July 2014): Sharing Collections through Shared Stewardship: A HathiTrust Progress Report (50 Slides; PDF)

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