7th International Conference on Preservation of
Digital Objects (September 19-24, 2010; Vienna, Austria)






Paul Conway

(8 pages)

An open letter to J.R. Salamanca

[The work in
question (The Lost Country, by J.R. Salamanca) appeared on a Hathi Trust
listing of orphaned works that were scheduled to be made available to the
public. The Author’s Guild, which is suing the Hathi Trust, determined that the
author was still very much alive and available, and did not want his work
freely distributed.]


[From the
[Kevin Smith is Duke University’s Scholarly Communications
Officer]: Your “case,” if I can call it that,
illustrates two things.  First, that the process of identifying orphan
works in the Hathi corpus needs to be tested and refined, which Hathi is
committed to doing.  Second, in the rare instance like yours where the
process actually turns up an author who does still own copyright, the rational
course for that author is to embrace the mission of Hathi and of libraries
everywhere of connecting books with readers, and to exercise their right to
make their book(s) fully viewable.  Please believe me, that is a much
better option than having a book live out its term of copyright on
hard-to-access shelves in high-density storage.]


open letter to J.R. Salamanca

By Kevin Smith, J.D. On September 16, 2011


The Hathi Trust IS Our National Digital Library

For the complete article:


Roy Tennant:

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:

  • It
    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.
  • It
    has the vision.
    See the Hathi Trust mission and goals.
  • It
    has the technical chops
    . See this.
  • It’s
    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
    the partnership.”


Note: There is considerable commentary on this article worth

Yale Library, Digitization, Hathi Trust

[From the article: For now, the cost and time required to digitize all of Yale’s volumes
exceed the library’s capacity, Gibbons said. But a growing digital community of
libraries can help the University move towards its goal of expanding access to
its holdings. “Companies that were doing big microfilming projects are now
doing big digitizing projects,” Reese said. “If the question was could all the
books in the Yale library be digitized, the answer is probably yes … Yale won’t
necessarily have to be the one to digitize them.” If another institution has
digitized a work also found in Yale’s print collections, for example, the
institutions might share access through the Hathi Trust. Based in Ann Arbor,
Mich. and operating in conjunction with the University of Michigan, the Hathi
Trust offers libraries across the country access to one another’s collections,
Pilette said. Yale became a member of the Trust in August 2010, when it became
the second Ivy League institution after Columbia University to join. Jeremy
York, project librarian for Hathi Trust, said most libraries choose to allow
unrestricted access to their materials in the repository, but Pilette said that
in some cases, copyright law dictates that only the affiliates of the library
that owns the print edition may access digital copies of those materials.]

UP CLOSE | A digital library?

worldwide are adjusting to serve users in an age dominated by online resources
and e-readers.

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