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HathiTrust continued to grow in partnering institutions and digital content in the first half of 2013. Significant enhancements to HathiTrust services and strategic initiatives, including a new service for users who have print disabilities, a complete redesign of HathiTrust interfaces, the release of the HathiTrust Research Center, and an important partnership with the Digital Public Library of America, showed the vitality of an organization that continues to break new ground as we become an increasingly important part of the 21st century library landscape.
2013 marks an important juncture for HathiTrust, as John Wilkin, the founding Executive Director, steps down from his position to become the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Illinois. John wrote a special note in the Update on May 2013 Activities. Under John’s leadership, the HathiTrust partners have taken steps toward collective action on a scale that we have never before seen. We look forward to what we will be able to accomplish in the coming years together.
A summary of HathiTrust activities in the first half of 2013 is given below.
Details on each item can be found in the monthly updates from 2013, available at http://www.hathitrust.org/updates .
HathiTrust grew from 78 to 84 partners in the first half of 2013. New institutions include:
Partners contributed 133,771 volumes to the repository. 107,396 of these are in the public domain. Contributions of new content are shown in a table at the end of the review.
HathiTrust provided guidance to numerous institutions in the process of preparing locally-digitized content for deposit. HathiTrust hosted a conference call to discuss development options for the next iteration of tools to be made available to aid in packaging materials for deposit, and surveyed partners to determine a development schedule for coming enhancements. Notes from the conference call are available. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to join our HathiTrust Ingest Google Group  for discussions and updates related to ingest of locally-digitized materials.
The Board of Governors met in person in April to consider a full agenda of items, including the appointment of members to the Program Steering Committee, and the ballot initiatives  passed at the 2011 Constitutional Convention :
The Board provided this update  on the ballot initiatives in May.
HathiTrust institutions voted unanimously to accept bylaws put forward by the Board of Governors.
The HathiTrust Board of Governors appointed the inaugural members of the Program Steering Committee  (PSC). Among the first areas of work to be undertaken by the PSC are two of the ballot initiatives  passed at the Constitutional Convention: expanding access to US government documents and creating infrastructure for shared monograph storage initiatives.
HathiTrust is accepting nominations for its User Support Working Group through July 1. Nominations can be submitted at http://tinyurl.com/m9qlyyg .
A summary of the issues received by the User Support Working group is shown in a table at the end of the review.
The UX Advisory group welcomed new member Matt Morgan of NYPL. The group reviewed and worked to prioritize elements of HathiTrust Web applications that have been identified by users or staff as being in need of improvement.
HathiTrust and the DPLA announced a formal partnership, with HathiTrust participating in DPLA as a Content Hub. From the news release:  “According to HathiTrust Executive Director John Wilkin, the partnership reflects the complementary nature of the two organizations. 'The first priority of HathiTrust has always been preservation...But to fulfill the preservation mission, we must provide access: content that can’t be found and used risks being forgotten.'”
HathiTrust released a new service that allows designated proxies at partner institutions to provide access to in-copyright works in HathiTrust to users at their institutions who are certified as having a print disability. See http://www.hathitrust.org/accessibility  for more information.
The HathiTrust website, including all Web applications, was updated with a unified design and feature set, improving the overall look and functionality of the site. Details are available at http://www.hathitrust.org/hathitrust_new_look .
HathiTrust hired Valerie Glenn as a Government Documents Registry Analyst to initiate work on a comprehensive registry of US federal government documents . This work is part of the larger HathiTrust effort to expand access to US government documents.
California Digital Library (CDL) staff worked with staff at the University of Michigan to prepare Zephir, the new bibliographic management system for HathiTrust, to “plug in” to existing repository workflows. This included testing data exports from Zephir, working to ensure that the same records are loaded in both systems, and accommodating a new requirement that algorithmic bibliographic rights determinations on volumes take place at the University of Michigan rather in Zephir. CDL also performed a successful test of backup systems. CDL and Michigan are planning a phase later this summer when both systems will be run in parallel, prior to a full cutover from the Michigan system to Zephir.
Public Domain Determinations
Public Domain Determinations
The HathiTrust Research Center reached a significant milestone with its release of production infrastructure to support data mining and textual analysis of public domain volumes in HathiTrust (see the HathiTrust Updates on February and March Activities for details, and information about Getting Started with the HTRC ). The release concluded Phase I of HTRC development. The HTRC immediately kicked off its second phase, which has two areas of focus: first, community engagement and community-driven enhancements to HTRC services, and second, the development of the HTRC-Sloan-Cloud – infrastructure that will allow secure, non-consumptive access to the entire HathiTrust corpus. The HTRC will hold its second annual UnCamp  on September 8-9, 2013 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. More information about the HTRC, including links to join listservs for the UnCamp, general announcements, and user discussion, is available at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc .
Work by University of Michigan staff focused primarily in three areas: specifying modifications to HathiTrust applications that will be needed to properly associate articles from a single journal with each another, and with information about the journal as a whole; making enhancements to the HathiTrust PageTurner to display JATS XML articles; and developing procedures to handle ingest of non-JATS content (e.g., data) that is embedded in articles or submitted with articles as supplementary material. Mockups of the new interface for viewing articles in HathiTrust are posted on the mPach website . A timeline for the project is posted on the HathiTrust project page .
Development in the first half of 2013 included the following:
Print on demand
Purchase of new production web servers and new development web and index servers to replace servers scheduled to be retired.
Installation of new storage at the Indiana and Michigan repository sites to accommodate 2013 volume projections and replace storage scheduled for retirement (in process).
All papers and presentations are listed at http://www.hathitrust.org/papers .
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Deposits from all institutions are shown in the table below.
|Volumes Added||Jan-June||Total Volumes|
|Library of Congress||2||89,724|
|North Carolina State University||0||3,196|
|New York Public Library||28,769||288,343|
|University of California||5,540||3,388,795|
|University of Chicago||3,671||30,391|
|University of Florida||60||2,068|
|University of Illinois||4,431||109,318|
|University of Michigan||33,295||4,643,131|
|University of Minnesota||2,607||106,819|
|University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||8,500||16,588|
|University of Wisconsin||5,353||555,733|
|University of Virginia||16||50,815|
Public Domain (~31%)
* Includes volumes opened through copyright review and rights holder permissions
|Issue Type||Jan-June 2013||Jan-June 2012|
|Non-partner Digital Deposit||2||5|
|Access and Use||822||771|
|Print on Demand||2||2|
|Full-PDF or e-copy requests||119||109|
|Data Availability and APIs||7||7|
|Reuse of content||23||12|
|Problems with login specifically||6||6|
|General questions about login||12||15|
|Partners setting up login||10||14|
|Quicksand, by Nella Larsen |
|Investigation of Korean-American relations: Report of the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives, October 31, 1978. |
|Mechanick exercises: or The doctrine of handy-works, by Joseph Moxon. |
|The Tosa diary, by Tsurayuki Ki, translated by William N. Porter. |
|Theoretical nuclear physics, by John M. Blatt [and] Victor F. Weisskopf |
|Handbook of American Indian languages, Part 1, by Franz Boas |
|The exploration of the Colorado River and its canyons, by J. W. Powell. |
|What price civilization; the causes, prevention and cure of human cancer, by Charles Eliot Perkins |
|Air Commerce Bulletin, v.2 Jul-Jun 1930-31 |
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