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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 digitized volumes.

“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.