Mapping the Elephant Webcast #3: Magnifying Value: A Look at HathiTrust Through a Preservation Lens
This talk will briefly describe ways of understanding the value of HathiTrust from the perspective of a preservation program. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), HathiTrust’s intersection with preservation is significant and complex. Item-level conservation treatment and digitization decisions are often shaped by the availability and quality of an exemplar in HathiTrust. At a collection level, overlap data suggest UNC has 2.3 million print titles that are not yet represented in HathiTrust, ample opportunity to continue building a shared resource. Among other tools, UNC plans to use the HathiTrust rights algorithm locally to narrow the population of 2.3 million into useful queues for digitization. As materials are digitized, UNC relies on HathiTrust as a preservation platform, allowing other uses for the local repository. These and other forms of preservation value depend on HathiTrust’s strength and sustainability as an institution. In this context, participating in copyright review and any collaboration that enhances HathiTrust for users are also part of a preservation strategy: derive preservation value by helping to create and sustain value for the enterprise as a whole.

Presenter: Andrew Hart, Preservation Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST/ 12:00 p.m. PST
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