HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital
content from research libraries including content digitized via the
Google Books project and
Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as
well as content digitized locally by libraries.
4 Further reading
5 External links
HathiTrust was founded in October 2008 by the thirteen universities of
Committee on Institutional Cooperation
Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of
California. The partnership includes over 60 research libraries
across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and is based on a shared
governance structure. Costs are shared by the participating libraries
and library consortia. The repository is administered by Indiana
University and the University of Michigan. The Executive Director of
HathiTrust is Mike Furlough.
In September 2011, the
Authors Guild sued
HathiTrust (Authors Guild,
Inc. v. HathiTrust), alleging massive copyright violation. A
federal court ruled against the
Authors Guild in October 2012, finding
that HathiTrust's use of books scanned by
Google was fair use under US
law. The court's opinion relied on the transformative doctrine of
federal copyright law, holding that what the Trust had done to give
access transformed the copyrighted works without infringing on the
copyright holders' rights. That decision was largely affirmed by the
Second Circuit on June 10, 2014, which found that both search and
accessibility were fair use, and remanded to the lower court to
reconsider whether the plaintiffs had standing to sue regarding
HathiTrust's library preservation copies.
In October 2015,
HathiTrust comprised over 13.7 million volumes,
including 5.3 million of which were in the public domain in the United
HathiTrust provides a number of discovery and access services,
notably, full-text search across the entire repository. In 2016 over
6.17 million users located in the United States and in 236 other
nations used Hathitrust in 10.92 million sessions.
Hathi, pronounced "hah-tee", is the
Hindi word for elephant, an animal
famed for its long-term memory.
^ a b "Technological Profile". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
HathiTrust Statement on
Authors Guild v. Google". Retrieved 12 May
^ "Access and Use Policies". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
HathiTrust Partnership Community". hathitrust.org. Retrieved 28
^ Bosman (September 12, 2011). "Lawsuit Seeks the Removal of a Digital
Book Collection". New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
^ Albanese, Andrew (11 October 2012). "
Google Scanning is Fair Use
Says Judge". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, (2d Cir. June 10, 2014).
^ "14 Million Books & 6 Million Visitors:
HathiTrust Growth and
Usage in 2016 (pdf)
^ "Launch of HathiTrust: Major Library Partners Launch HathiTrust
Shared Digital Repository,
HathiTrust Press Release, Oct. 13, 2008.
Miguel Helft (October 13, 2008). "An
Elephant Backs Up Google's
Library". New York Times.
Heather Christenson (2011). "HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web
Scale". Library Resources & Technical Services. American Library
Association. 55. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28.
Matthew Miller, Gilok Choi, and Lindsay Chell. "Comparison of three
digital library interfaces: open library,
Google books, and Hathi
Trust." In Proceedings of the 12th ACM/
IEEE-CS Joint Conference on
Digital Libraries, pp. 367–368. ACM, 2012.
Diane Parr Walker. "HathiTrust: Transforming the Library Landscape."
Indiana Libraries 31, no. 1 (2012): 58–64.
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HathiTrust adds new members, goes global (official press release from
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Major Library Partners Launch
HathiTrust Shared Digital Repository
(official press release from 13 October 2008)
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