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Member Meeting 2020 & HathiTrust Community Week


Thanks to everyone who attended the 2020 Member Meeting! The meeting and the plenary session video recordings are linked below. Please contact Jessica Rohr (jbelle@hathitrust.org) with any specific questions on the 2020 meeting, HathiTrust Community Week, or future events.

Video Recordings: Member Meeting

Member Meeting Part I: Mike Furlough's Report to Members

Plenary Panel: Interdependence and Crisis

Member Meeting Part 2: Updates from HTRC and PSC Groups

Recordings of Community Week sessions are linked in their descriptions on this page.

A Google doc of shared community notes documents the member meeting and each Community Week session.


In response to the COVID-19 global crisis and its impact on the academic library community, HathiTrust has modified the 2020 annual member meeting format from its traditional in-person event to a virtual event. 

HathiTrust and Interdependence: 2020 Member Meeting & HathiTrust Community Week

HathiTrust was founded by academic libraries recognizing that their greatest strength was in collaboration, a type of interdependence that still exists today. Prevalent in more recent years is the influx of libraries looking beyond their campus to achieve more. Library leaders are now considering a shift in thinking and behaviors that tend towards a type of dependence on each other. HathiTrust currently facilitates interdependence across our members by building co-operative services based on the collective collection.

Our focus for the meeting is to establish a shared understanding of library interdependence as it manifests in existing HathiTrust programming and collections and in possible future work together. We’ll spend time hearing from members regarding the benefits and challenges to these types of relationships in order to begin to identify ways libraries and HathiTrust can work to achieve more together. 

HathiTrust and attendees will examine how library leaders can help move from individual advocacy to collective action for greater benefit; utilize services and programs across HathiTrust to address ways we can enhance our interdependence; and examine through presentations and discussions what meaningful interdependence across our membership already exists and challenges encountered.

Virtual 2020 Member Meeting & HathiTrust Community Week

There is no registration fee for attendance. Attendees of all HathiTrust event agree to adhere to the HathiTrust Code of Conduct.

Member Meeting: 1:00-4:30 pm (ET) Thursday, October 22

HathiTrust Community Week: 30 min - 60 min sessions throughout the week of October 26

Who Should Attend? 

2020 Member Meeting: We strongly encourage attendance from the member representative, director, or dean of HathiTrust members, but their appointed delegates may attend.  Although the member meeting may not feature voting, it is important that attendees either be the voting representative or have the authority delegated to them. This session is also open to any interested party affiliated with a member library. 

HathiTrust Community Week: These sessions are open to any interested party affiliated with a member library. 

2020 Member Meeting Agenda

1:00 PM      Welcome & Introductions, Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University, Chair, HathiTrust Board of Governors 

1:15 PM      Report to Members, Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust

2:00 PM      Code of Conduct, Jennifer Vinopal, The Ohio State University, Chair, Statement of Values and Code of Conduct Task Force

2:15 PM      Break

2:30 PM      Plenary Panel: Interdependence and Crisis (60 min)

Moderator: Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian & Vice Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator Information Literacy Services, University of Illinois

Patricia Hswe, Program Officer, Public Knowledge, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

3:30 PM      Break

3:40 PM      HathiTrust Research Center Update John Walsh, HathiTrust Research Center

3:55 PM     Report from Program Steering Committee New and Current Working Groups

Introduction by Karla Strieb, PSC Chair  

Community Metadata Strategy Task Force, Chair MJ Han ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Digital Collection Strategy Working Group, Chair Wade Wyckoff ( McMaster University)

User Engagement Task Force, Chair Christopher Cox ( Clemson University)

Federal Documents Advisory Committee, Chair Heather Christenson (HathiTrust)

Shared Print Advisory Committee, Chair Heather Weltin (HathiTrust)  

4:25 PM    Closing Statement, Yolanda Cooper, Emory University, Incoming Chair, HathiTrust Board of Governors

4:30 PM    Adjourn

2020 HathiTrust Community Week

The week of October 26, HathiTrust will host virtual sessions that explore various aspects of interdependence in HathiTrust. These sessions will be geared towards audiences that may have never attended a member meeting, but that have an interest in or responsibility for HathiTrust at their own institutions. Sessions will include member presentations and panel discussions, and cover topics such as instruction, shared print, collections, accessibility, and building community during times of crisis. 

See the complete list of HathiTrust Community Week session, including days and times.

2020 Member Meeting Planning Committee
Jeffry Archer (Baylor University) 
Mark Christel (Grinnell College)
Sharon Farb (UCLA) 
Michael Furlough (HathiTrust)
Holly Mercer (University of Tennessee-Knoxville) 
Jessica Rohr (HathiTrust)
Matthew Sheehy (Brandeis University)
Melissa Stewart (HathiTrust)
Heather Weltin (HathiTrust)

2020 Member Meeting & Community Week Code of Conduct

HathiTrust events provide an inclusive environment that welcomes inquiry, constructive criticism and debate, and candor. HathiTrust does not tolerate personal attacks, harassment of any kind, verbal or physical violence, or disruptive behavior. All attendees are expected to be respectful of our community’s diversity and generous of others’ views.  A full Code of Conduct and a complete process for handling reports of violations is in development. Until it is available, please bring concerns to us by emailing conduct-reports@hathitrust.org.