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HathiTrust Digital Library, a major source of open scholarship with legal issues seemingly behind it

This week, we take a closer look at the HathiTrust Digital Library. This collection is likely the most oriented towards academic researchers, largely because it was the product of 13 universities that made up the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (renamed the Big Ten Academic Alliance last year) and the University of California.

The Trust began in 2008 as the result of the digitization of “orphan books,” which started in 2004 by the Google Books Library Project and now consists of a partnership of 60 research libraries located in Canada, Europe and the U.S. (See www.hathitrust.org/community). The University of Michigan currently provides the infrastructure on which the digital content resides. The collection includes 15 million volumes, of which about half are books. Of those 7.5 million books, 5.8 million are in the public domain. Continue reading HathiTrust Digital Library, a major source of open scholarship with legal issues seemingly behind it

More humanities and social sciences books made available for free via Knowledge Unlatched

 Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched has announced the ‘unlatching’ of  147 front list and 196 backlist ebooks from the KU Select 2016 collection. Around 270 libraries and consortia from 21 countries pledged towards the unlatching of this collection. This brings the total to 449 ebooks available as Open Access via KU, since 2014.

The Humanities and Social Sciences titles cover 16 subject areas and can be downloaded for free as PDFs and EPUBs via KU’s official hosts’ platforms, OAPEN and HathiTrust. Continue reading More humanities and social sciences books made available for free via Knowledge Unlatched

17 Knowledge Unlatched titles now available

I received an email from Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Directory of Knowledge Unlatched.  She provided an update on the progress of unlatching the first collection of open access books.  Here are the highlights of her message:

  • We have now begun the process of making the Pilot Collection available, discoverable and accessible on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.
  • PDFs of 17 books have already become available via the OAPEN digital library and we are loading content onto the HathiTrust and British Library systems.
  • We have added a new page to our website which provides access KU titles. This page also makes it possible to follow the progress of each book in the Pilot Collection as it becomes available: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/
  • We are working with OCLC and others to ensure the quality of the MARC records being provided to us by publishers. Records will be made available as a download file in MARCXML format from the KU Collections website. As more titles are uploaded onto the system this file will be updated. Participating libraries will be notified and sent a link to the records via email.  We anticipate that the first set of records will be available by 31 March.

HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

Ann Arbor, MI — The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content.

DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of America’s shared cultural heritage. Continue reading HathiTrust partners with DPLA for discovery of public domain and open content

HathiTrust settlement, fair use protected – articles of interest

Wednesday, Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the Southern District of New York issued a judgement in the “HathiTrust” lawsuit.  Below are several links to articles and blog posts on the topic.  The full text of the legal opinion is also linked below.

Opinion

The Laboratorium blog post:  HathiTrust Wins

The Michigan Daily:  U wins copyright lawsuit against HathiTrust Digitalization Project

Wired Magazine:  Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project

Digital Shift:  HathiTrust Ruled Fair Use

Court Rules on HathiTrust and Fair Use – Columbia University Libraries

A Big Win for Fair Use and libraries – Kevin Smith, Duke University Libraries

Articles of Interest – HathiTrust/Author’s Guild Edition

Authors Guild, Australian Society of Authors, Quebec Writers Union Sue Five U.S. Universities « INFOdocket

Authors Sue to Remove Books From Digital Archive – NYTimes.com

Authors Guild Sues University Libraries

Association of Research Libraries :: LCA Statement on Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. HathiTrust et al.

Copyright Clash: Authors Guild and Others Sue HathiTrust and Five Universities

Authors Guild, Australian Society of Authors, Quebec Writers Union Sue Five U.S. Universities | Our Blog

Found one! We re-unite an author with an “orphaned work.” | Our Blog

News: Wards of the Court – Inside Higher Ed

Authors’ Guild sues universities over book digitization project

WorldCat Local adds new databases and ebook collections

DUBLIN, Ohio, May 31, 2011WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries around the world, has added more databases and collections from leading publishers and other information providers to make content more accessible to library users through the Web.

WorldCat Local offers access to books, journals and databases from a variety of international publishers and information providers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.

With these latest additions, libraries using WorldCat Local can now offer users access to 1,400 databases and collections, and more than 500 million articles.

This month, OCLC added databases and collections to the WorldCat Local central index, including: Continue reading WorldCat Local adds new databases and ebook collections

Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman

From Eric Hellman’s blog, Go To Hellman – The fourth section my book chapter on Open Access eBooks looks at theier relationship with libraries.  I previously posted the IntroductionWhat does Open Access mean for eBooks and Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books. I’ll be posting one more section, a conclusion.

Thank you for all of your comments; the completed chapter (and OA eBook) will be better for them.

Libraries and Open Access E-Books
One of the missions of libraries is to provide access to all sorts of information, including e-books. If an e-book is already open access, what role is left for libraries play?

Here’s a thought-experiment for libraries: imagine that the library’s entire collection is digital. Should it include Shakespeare? Should it include Moby Dick? These are available as public domain works from Project Gutenberg; providing these editions in a library collection might seem to be superfluous. Many librarians have been trying to convince their patrons that “free stuff on the Internet” is often inferior to the quality information available through libraries. There are certainly e-book editions of these works available for purchase with better illustrations, better editing, annotations, etc. Should libraries try to steer patrons to these resources instead of using the free stuff? Continue reading Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman

Articles of Interest

Apologies for the long list, I’ve been away for a week and lots has happened!

Ingram Announces New Library Ebook Access Model and Audiobook Shift

In the era of ebooks, what is a book worth (I)

Is signing with a mainstream publisher now a mistake?

Digital book subscriptions, by Jane Litte

Publishers Weekly: Librarians at the Gate

HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale – from InfoDocket

Reflections on Google Book Search – The Scholarly Kitchen

AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty …

California Bill Would Offer Clear Protection for Digital Reading Records

Six Reasons Google Books Failed by Robert Darnton | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books

Nook Friends is a Shot Across the Bow of eBook Lending Sites – eBookNewser

Sixty Percent of iPad Owners Read eBooks on Their iPad – eBookNewser

Hands on With Sony’s S1, S2 Tablet PCs

News: No Room for Books – Inside Higher Ed

This Week in Libraries: Interview with Sarah Houghton-Jan about ebooks

OnCampus Research: “E-Books, E-Readers Begin to Catch on with College Crowd”

Full-text search the HathiTrust collection on Summon

From a Serials Solutions press release:  Serials Solutions and HathiTrust today announced an agreement to enable full-text search of the entire HathiTrust collection of digitized scholarly books from the Summon web-scale discovery service. Researchers and faculty at institutions with the Summon service will be able to use the librarys own website to search the full text of its print books and serials, and discover materials relevant to their research topics. This collaboration makes the full text of much of the library’s physical collection as easily searchable as its electronic content.  Continue reading Full-text search the HathiTrust collection on Summon

HathiTrust and OCLC Develop WorldCat Local Prototype

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 18, 2011OCLC and the HathiTrust have developed a unique WorldCat Local user interface for discovery of items accessible through the HathiTrust Digital Library. The WorldCat Local prototype (http://hathitrust.worldcat.org) for the HathiTrust Digital Library was designed and implemented by both organizations in close cooperation as a means to further develop a shared digital library infrastructure. The WorldCat Local interface for the HathiTrust Digital Library is based on the WorldCat database, and will run along with the current HathiTrust catalog during the prototype testing period. Continue reading HathiTrust and OCLC Develop WorldCat Local Prototype

Fun Facts about eBooks

As we prepare for a long holiday weekend here in the States, I thought I’d provide you with some fun facts about eBooks and other electronic content (just in case you need to impress the relatives).  These are things I collected from articles, blog posts, and by contacting vendors directly. I use these factoids when I do presentations, something to entertain the group during breaks.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

All of the factoids are in the file linked above, but here are a couple of teasers:

  • $519.48 – what you’d spend on ebooks if you bought one per week at $9.99.
  • 167,334 serials titles digitized in HathiTrust
  • 114 million pounds of merchandise shipped by Ingram in 2009
  • 66% of U.S. public libraries offer eBooks

HathiTrust Digital Library Visual Search

There is an interesting visual search feature in the HathiTrust Digital Library.  Call number, language, and date, for both the entire HathiTrust collection and public domain works are available.  The visualizations are colorful and created in flash on the screen.  Roll over a piece of the pie and stats will appear, (i.e. DS – History of Asia, 157616 items), click on the pie piece and results for that variable will be displayed.

Here’s a HathiTrust sample chart  – but not interactive.

Thanks to Gary Price from Resource Shelf for showing me this cool feature.

Articles of Interest

Some good reads out there in the blogosphere these last few weeks. Many of these are focused on the electronic textbook and/or implications of such.  Additional articles include analysis on the library and bookstore of the future and a comical video about digital publishing and DRM.

Bookstore of the future: Books Plus?

NYPL Joins HathiTrust, as Repository Expands and Brands – 5/27/2010 – Library Journal

BEA: Tomorrow’s Library in the World of Digits

The model digital library branch: Reality or just a wish?

Videos: Opposing Voices in Digital Publishing, DRM: Terms and Conditions

Academic e-books change students research habits

Best eBook News on Twitter

UC takes e-books for test drive

Business School Director: Kindle DX ‘Not Flexible Enough’ for Students

Will E-book Pressures Send Hardcover Prices Soaring?

OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat

Great news for eBook exposure!  In an effort to maximize the visibility and value of libraries’ full collections, OCLC is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitized books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these rich digitized collections.

OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis.
Continue reading OCLC adding Google Books and HathiTrust records to WorldCat

New articles of interest

OCLC study on characteristics of books in the public domain

Elgan: 7 reasons why e-book readers make lousy gifts this year

Will textbooks be the biggest e-reader market in five years?

Revised Google Book Search Settlement from a Library Perspective | Disruptive Library Technology Jester

HathiTrust offers full-text search of millions of digitized books and journals