What is HathiTrust?

You’ll want to mark your calendar for Monday, May 21st, at 10 am!

  • Visit to HathiTrust, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Lunch in AA prior to be announced later
  • Students can post on our Facebook page if they are interested in car pooling with each other

On Monday, May 21st, we will have an unbelievable opportunity to connect with a world-class, ground-breaking project, and a once in a lifetime chance to talk to the LEADER in creation of digital repositories when we visit HathiTrust in Ann Arbor. We get to meet with the Executive Director, John Price Wilkin (his bio and links to more info at the end of this post). We will also meet Sebastien Korner, Programmer/Analyst for Library Information Technology. If you are familiar with HathiTrust, you know how BIG this is. If not, here’s some information to get you in the game:

RSVP for the visit: http://www.doodle.com/iqubtbkea3rzbn6q#table

HathiTrust Links:
HathiTrust Website
Changes to their Board of Governors
2010 Interview with John P. Wilkin

John P. Wilkin’s Bio:
John P. Wilkin is the Executive Director of HathiTrust and is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT) for the University of Michigan. HathiTrust, a collaborative of more than fifty research libraries worldwide, is devoted to ensuring preservation of and access to the published cultural record. To date, more than 8 million volumes of digitized books and journals have been put online in HathiTrust, and more then 2 million of these are in the public domain. HathiTrust is now actively working on integration of publishing mechanisms into the preservation repository and is working with several university presses to open both their backlists and new publications in HathiTrust. HathiTrust’s robust digital preservation architecture is fully funded by partner contributions. The University of Michigan’s Library Information Technology (LIT) Division supports the Library’s online catalog and related technologies, provides the infrastructure to both digitize and access digital library collections, supports the Library’s web presence, and provides frameworks and systems to coordinate Library technology activities (e.g., authentication and authorization). Reporting units include Core Services, Digital Library Production Service, Library Systems, User Experience and Web Systems.

Wilkin previously served as the Head of the Digital Library Production Service at the University of Michigan, a position he held from its inception in 1996. Among the units in the DLPS is the University of Michigan’s Humanities Text Initiative, an organization responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that Wilkin founded in 1994. He earned graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia (’80) and Library Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (’86). In 1992, worked at the University of Virginia as the Systems Librarian for Information Services, where he shaped the Library’s plan for establishing a group of electronic centers, and consulted for the University’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) in textual issues.


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