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March 2020 Update

HathiTrust Statement on Coronavirus
Welcoming New Members to HathiTrust
HTRC Office Hours Reminder
Register or Submit Your Idea for Mapping the Elephant Webinars
Board of Governors Winter Meeting Summary
Featured Copyright Reviewer: Terese Heidenwolf
From the Collection: Extending the right of suffrage to women


HathiTrust Statement on Coronavirus

Along with our member library campuses, we are closely monitoring developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
I want all of you to take care of yourselves as you work through these challenging days.  At HathiTrust we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of our staff and communities while continuing to provide core HathiTrust services and support our members as their situation changes.

 Here are steps that HathiTrust is taking in light of the current situation:

  • We are reviewing our policies, systems, and service guidelines to plan for potential emergency service offerings.

  • We have cancelled non-essential travel for HathiTrust staff to attend our quarterly staff retreat, scheduled for March in Ann Arbor.  Our employees have the option of working from home.

  • We are discontinuing plans for other non-essential travel to conferences or other events through at least May 31, and will re-evaluate this policy in May.

  • This means that, unfortunately, we have postponed HathiTrust Research Center workshops planned for April and May at Southern Methodist University, University of Colorado Boulder, and Princeton University. We will discuss plans to reschedule with each of these hosts.

We will communicate as soon as possible with our representatives regarding changes to our services, or any new service offerings we may be able to provide. We encourage our member representatives to contact us directly to discuss their situation and how HathiTrust may be able to help their campus during the crisis.  

It's one of the more challenging moments we've faced together in many years, and we're in awe of the library community's resilience.  Thanks for your continued support of HathiTrust.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at feedback@issues.hathitrust.org.

Welcoming New Members to HathiTrust

We are pleased to announce that Central Washington University and University of New South Wales Sydney have joined the HathiTrust member community. See the full membership list on our website. 

HTRC Office Hours Reminder

Questions about HTRC tools, datasets, methods, or rights of items in the corpus? Join HTRC’s virtual office hours during the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET. The next HTRC Office Hours will be held March 18. An expert from HTRC will answer your questions and discuss research projects. Join office hours (via Zoom): http://go.illinois.edu/htrchelp-live 

Register or Submit Your Idea for Mapping the Elephant Webinars

Mapping the Elephant, the webcast seriesby HathiTrust members, for HathiTrust members, continues in March. During the webcasts, member presenters discuss an aspect of HathiTrust that has had an impact on their library, research, teaching, or institutional mission with time reserved to answer questions by attendees. 

Registration for Mapping the Elephant webcast series events is required and is open to both members and non-members. Recordings of previous webcasts are now posted on theHathiTrust YouTube Channel.

We are beginning to schedule additional webinars in May and June, so stay tuned for updates next month.

If you have an idea for a topic to present, pass it along to Jessica Rohr,jbelle@hathitrust.org

Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00pm EDT / 11:00am PDT
Success with HTRC Workshop at McGill Library
Joseph Hafner, Associate Dean, Collection Services, McGill University Library (HathiTrust member since 2011)

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Board of Governors Winter Meeting Summary 

The Board of Governors held its first quarterly meeting via web conference on February 28.

  • The Board reviewed the 2019 budget report. HathiTrust ended its 2019 Financial Year on December 31 in strong financial shape.

  • The Board discussed potential goals and priorities for future Member Meetings (2021 and beyond).

  • The Board discussed strategic issues around exploring non-member deposit. They charged the Program Steering Committee to develop principles for doing this work.

  • The Board discussed future planning for the Shared Print Program.

  • The Board approved the reappointment of Karla Strieb, Director of Content & Access at The Ohio State University Libraries (HathiTrust member since 2008), as chair of the Program Steering Committee, to begin July 1.

Featured Copyright Reviewer: Terese Heidenwolf

Terese Heidenwolf, Director of Research & Instructional Services, Lafayette College (HathiTrust member since 2011)

Years working in a library: 27

HathiTrust start date: January 2019

Review statistics: 3,070 total reviews; 1,735 public domain 


“I enjoy my work as a copyright reviewer not just because of the satisfaction that comes from opening up more full-text in HT, but also because I never know what’s going to pop up in my queue: a program from a church centennial celebration, a hand-written book on the benefits of LSD, a reading text for sixth graders, or a guidebook telling young wives how to run their household. It’s a constant reminder of the richness of  our library collections and the window they provide on history.”

From the Collection: Extending the right of suffrage to women



Image: From The Suffragist, the official weekly publication of the National Woman's Party. Published January 17, 1917.

Featured Title: Extending the right of suffrage to women: hearings before the Committee on Woman Suffrage, House of Representatives, Sixty-fifth Congress, second session on H. J. Res 200. January 3, 4, 5, and 7, 1918.

Author: United States.

Published: Washington: Govt. Print. Off., 1918. (Contributed by New York Public Library, HathiTrust member since 2010)