UM Community Now Has Access to 2.6 Million More Texts
Coral Gables, Florida, – October 13, 2011
The University of Miami has become a member of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
William Walker, Dean and University Librarian, announced today that the University’s HathiTrust membership will give the UM community access to an additional 2.6 million public domain books published before 1923. The volumes were primarily scanned from the collections of American and British research libraries, including The University of Michigan, Stanford, the New York Public Library, Oxford University, and Harvard, primarily as part of the Google Books Project.
“University of Miami students and scholars will now have access to a significantly richer online collection of early imprints in all disciplines. The HathiTrust content gives the UM community access to a wealth of materials that were published long before the University was established, and it helps raise our resources to even greater stature,” said Walker.
As members of the Trust, members of the UM community will be able to search the Trust catalog and download imprints in the public domain. This will allow UM users to create private libraries of these electronic imprints. The UM Libraries will also be able to contribute digitized works that can be uploaded into the Trust’s repository.
For information on how to access HathiTrust content see http://www.hathitrust.org/help_digital_library
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than fifty partners.
Over the last two years, the partners have contributed more than 9 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives.
HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.