May 16, 2022

At UNC University Libraries, “Anne Conway Reaches a Copyright Milestone”

From UNC University Libraries:

Anne Conway Image: Robin Gao (via UNC University Libraries)

Since 2018, preservation services supervisor Anne Conway has spent six hours each week researching the copyright status of online books. She has now completed an outstanding 50,000 assessments as a volunteer for HathiTrust’s Copyright Review Program.

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries—including the University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill—that preserves digital copies of more than 17 million books and other materials. When those texts are in the public domain, meaning they are free of copyright restrictions, then HathiTrust makes them accessible online for anyone to read.

Jessica Rohr, member engagement and communication specialist for HathiTrust, says that the participation of library professionals at member libraries is what makes the program such a success.

“We couldn’t do it without them! The work we do to make new items available in the public domain is possible through the dedication of expert reviewers such as Anne,” says Rohr.

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