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Cornell University Library Joins HathiTrust
Library Will Contribute 300,000 Books to Digital Repository

ITHACA, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2010) – Cornell University Library has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative.

Cornell’s library will deposit 300,000 digital books into HathiTrust by March 2011. In return, HathiTrust will ensure the long-term preservation of the materials. It will also make public-domain materials available and offer enhanced services, such as access for people with print disabilities.

“Joining the HathiTrust means that our own digital copies will be preserved and accessible for the foreseeable future,” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “We’re excited to contribute to this amazingly comprehensive archive, and to help academic libraries lay the groundwork for a stable future for digital information.”

HathiTrust’s mission is to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form, and more than two dozen institutions participate in the repository, including Columbia University (Cornell’s 2CUL partner), the entire University of California system and the New York Public Library. Founded in 2008, HathiTrust guarantees the long-term preservation of materials it holds and offers consistent access to the digital collections.

More than 1.5 million of HathiTrust’s volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web. The growing repository contains nearly 7 million volumes of both copyright and public-domain materials, many of which were digitized through the Google and Internet Archive programs.

"HathiTrust is delighted to have Cornell join us as the 35th HathiTrust partner,” said John Wilkin, executive director of HathiTrust. “As our membership expands, the partnership is creating opportunities for integrating HathiTrust into the decisions libraries make surrounding the curation of the cultural record. Cornell will contribute a rich collection of digital volumes, and its early preeminence and significant work in shaping preservation-oriented reformatting will enrich the growing pool of talent that is being collaboratively applied to create an enduring digital library."

HathiTrust (pronounced “HAH-tee”) is named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the collections of the nation’s top research libraries.

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