November 17, 2019

Now Available: HathiTrust 2018 Member Meeting Summary Report

The HathiTrust 2018 Member Meeting took place in Rosemont, IL on October 30, 2018.

From the Report’s Overview Section:

2019-01-18_13-05-20In October, more than 100 individuals from 89 institutions gathered outside Chicago for the annual HathiTrust Member Meeting. Attendees honored HathiTrust’s 10 years as an organization, reflected on the past year’s success in laying a meaningful path into the next decade, and together determined the highest-priority implementation steps down that path. We left the member meeting with clearer insight into the power and promise of the HathiTrust collaboration to empower, enhance, and transform library services.

In HathiTrust’s 10th anniversary year, Executive Director Michael Furlough acknowledged the progress HathiTrust has made since its inception in 2008. Looking all the way back to 2004, when Google announced its intention to digitize books with university libraries, to this year’s release of analytic services at the HathiTrust Research Center for all volumes regardless of copyright status, he reviewed the history of HathiTrust’s development and the evolution of its membership, and acknowledged the human scale of HathiTrust — how human hands have made this collection happen from the beginning.

Direct to Full Text Report
6 pages; PDF.

The report is organized into the following sections:

  • Overview
  • 2019 Annual Budget w/ Q&A
  • Membership Criteria and Fee Model Presentation w/ Q&A
  • The Voice of the Membership
  • Strategic Directions Table Activity
    • Understanding Users: Overview
    • Understanding Users: Top Priorities from Membership
    • Discovery: Overview
    • Discovery: Top Priorities from Membership
    • Member Actions: Discovery and Understanding User
    • HathiTrust Actions: Discovery and Understanding Users

Additional 2018 Member Meeting Resources

2018 Member Meeting Program Committee

  • Heather Christenson, HathiTrust, Chair of 2018 Member Meeting Program Committee
  • Eleanor Dickson, HathiTrust Research Center, University of Illinois
  • Geoff Harder, University of Alberta
  • Rebecca Lubas, Claremont Colleges
  • Jessica Rohr, HathiTrust
  • Melissa Stewart, HathiTrust
  • Günter Waibel, California Digital Library

See Also: HathiTrust January 2018 Update

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