But for my money, the Hathi Trust
is the closest thing we have to a National Digital Library, and it’s fairly
close from a variety of perspectives:
has the goods. There are now well over 7 million volumes (and over
4 million book titles) in the Hathi Trust collection. And it continues to grow.
has the vision. See the Hathi Trust mission and goals.
has the technical chops. See this.
working on the governance. In a recent press release,
a “constitutional convention” was announced for 2011 at which the members “will
define HathiTrust’s next phase of governance and shape future directions for
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