Since HathiTrust’s founding in 2008 it has grown to become a worldwide force for collective action in the library community. Its collection now holds nearly 14 million volumes, but our activities as a partnership extend beyond simple notions of a “digital library.” Our 110 members are creating a common good for the benefit of readers worldwide, but are also developing services of lasting impact for their own researchers and students. This update from Executive Director Mike Furlough will highlight HathiTrust’s services and its major programs focused on shared print, computational research, and federal documents. Discussion will focus on how the University of Maryland can build on HathiTrust for their own needs.
About Mike Furlough
Mike Furlough is Executive Director of HathiTrust Digital Library, an organization that includes over 100 academic and research institutions working to transform scholarship and research in the 21st century. His research has focused on how libraries and universities develop organizational support for emerging scholarly communication practices. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, which he co-edited with Maria Bonn, was published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015. Furlough is currently on the Board of the Digital Preservation Network and is a member of The Future of the Print Record working group sponsored by the Modern Language Association and American Historical Association. From 2011-2013 he served as faculty for the ARL/DLF/Duraspace E-Science Institute. Previously he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University Libraries (2006-2014) and in a variety of roles supporting the development of digital scholarship services at the University of Virginia Library (1998-2006).