HathiTrust and OCLC to work together to enhance discovery of digital collections
HathiTrust, a group of some of the largest research libraries in the United States collaborating to create a repository of their vast digital collections, and OCLC will work together to increase visibility of and access to items in the HathiTrustís shared digital repository. Together, OCLC and HathiTrust will increase online visibility and accessibility of the digital collections by creating WorldCat records describing the content and linking to the collections via WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local. The organizations will launch a project in the coming months to develop specifications and determine next steps.
"The connection between HathiTrust and WorldCat is a natural," said John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian, University of Michigan Library and Executive Director of HathiTrust. "WorldCat and HathiTrust are both built by and for libraries, and their pursuit of comprehensiveness will aid our community in pursuit of more effective collection management, as well as integration of services across our institutions."
HathiTrust provides libraries a means to archive and provide access to their digital content, whether scanned volumes, special collections, or born-digital materials. The representation of these resources in digital form provides expanded opportunities for innovative use in research, teaching and learning, and will be done with careful attention to effective solutions for the curation and long-term preservation of digital assets.
Any research library with digital content or an interest in curation of digital content can become a partner of the HathiTrust. For more information, visit here