Plans are currently underway for OCLC to create a tailored HathiTrust interface using WorldCat Local (WCL), with initial version delivery in the 1Q 2010. On April 14th, the HathiTrust and OCLC team members met in Chicago to discuss expectations and requirements for the initial implementation. In preparation for this meeting, the HathiTrust team drafted a vision statement that outlined priorities for the initial implementation of the HathiTrust WCL catalog. The first priority is to provide effective bibliographic access for HathiTrust holdings, but considerations should be given to future capabilities specific to an all-digital collection. For example, a future iteration of the HathiTrust WCL might include a book-viewer and full-text search.
Although both the HathiTrust and OCLC teams agreed that the initial implementation will be built on a more or less standard WCL, there are some significant functionality and design challenges posited by an all-digital collection. The meeting focused on identifying the gaps between a standard WCL and the one that HathiTrust will require. The HathiTrust team also demonstrated the HathiTrust beta catalog (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/ ) to illustrate some points about interface and record display. OCLC was open to discussing future developments, and expressed a desire to learn about the needs of an all-digital library catalog through working with HathiTrust. Some challenges that came to the forefront were:
Since the initial meeting in Chicago, we have developed a detailed communication plan for the project and have established a subgroup to focus on metadata specifications. We are also gathering user feedback on the recently released HathiTrust beta catalog. Our next step is to finalize and document overall requirements for the version one implementation.
Current HathiTrust team members include:
Current OCLC team members include: