Library Expansion of Networked Delivery: A New HathiTrust Partnership with UC
April 19, 2023
HathiTrust will partner with the University of California in Project LEND (Library Expansion of Networked Delivery), a groundbreaking two-year research project supported by The Mellon Foundation that will ultimately produce a service blueprint for lawful access to digitized books, based on a rich understanding of user needs. Led by the University of California, Davis, project teams will explore user needs, the collections and technologies that could support those needs, and the potential US legal framework to ground these services.
HathiTrust’s participation lays ground to implement future services for our membership community, and is rooted in our strategic commitment to identify opportunities to further lawful access. This partnership leverages the expertise of HathiTrust gained through development of the Emergency Temporary Access Service, and that of the University of California developed through two decades of mass digitization. HathiTrust member libraries will also advise as the project’s Library Community Group: University of Colorado Boulder; Swarthmore College; University of San Diego; University of Virginia; and the University of Michigan.