Dean Steele elected to HathiTrust Board
Patricia Steele, dean of University of Maryland Libraries, was elected by
members of the HathiTrust
Digital Library to serve on its newly formed governing board.
HathiTrust is a partnership of more than 60 major research institutions and
libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible
far into the future. HathiTrust currently contains more than 10 million
“HathiTrust is helping to redefine libraries at a time of change,” says
Steele. “While providing online access our valued collections, we’re also
guaranteeing their long-term preservation. I’m pleased HathiTrust members have
confidence in me to help guide this transformation.”
Following a constitutional convention in 2011, member institutions
established a new governance structure, composed of a 12-member board of
governors and an executive committee. Steele will serve a four-year term.
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository. It provides
long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright
content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive,
Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.
A research center affiliated with the HathiTrust enables computational access
for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain. Its
goal is to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of
digital text that researchers face.
Hathi (pronounced hah-tee), the Hindi word for elephant incorporated into the
repository’s name, underscores the immensity of this undertaking. Elephants also
evoke memory, wisdom, and strength.