Webinar: Inside HathiTrust’s Strategic Vision

June 17, 2024

Date: Thursday, June 13
Time: 3:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm PT
Duration: 1 hour. The webinar will be recorded.

JUNE 17, 2024 RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE: https://youtu.be/cLLwizmtNk8

Presenters: Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust and Claire Stewart, Past Chair, HathiTrust Board of Governors and Dean of Libraries,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

HathiTrust’s new Strategic Vision is the result of a year-long project to closely evaluate its accomplishments and potential through the eyes of its members, governance bodies, and staff, as well as non-members and peer organizations. With the guidance of a Strategic Visioning Task Force, the team reviewed HathiTrust’s place in the current research, educational, socio-political, technological, and environmental landscapes to consider how it can respond to current challenges. The result is an ambitious agenda of work, focused on HathiTrust’s unique strengths and potential, and based on a purposeful recommitment to its foundational mission. As HathiTrust continues to develop transformational uses of the world’s largest collection of digitized library collections, it also seeks to strengthen its overall ecosystem to address challenges.

Hear how the organization is positioning itself to achieve its core strategic objectives-increasing access to and use of an expanded, diversified, and enhanced collection-by further expanding lawful access to in-copyright works, scaling the identification of public domain works, and integrating computational methods to the corpus for user access and text and metadata improvement. The briefing will also include discussion of the methods and findings, as well as some reflections on the organization’s growth and development.