The Columbia University Libraries has become the newest member of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a shared repository for the digitized content from academic and research libraries. The Libraries plans to contribute public domain volumes digitized through its partnerships with Google, Microsoft and the Internet Archive.
Launched in 2008 and housed at the University of Michigan, the HathiTrust currently includes the member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation(CIC) the University of California system, and the University of Virginia.
Hathi serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of digital books created through mass digitization projects, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, Hathi offers public access to the public domain materials it holds.
“Columbia looks forward to membership in Hathi as a means not only to assure preservation of its own digital copies, but a way to contribute those volumes to an increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by academic institutions,” said James G. Neal, Columbia