UT Joins HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville is one of the newest members of HathiTrust, a partnership of more than 80 major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

As HathiTrust members, UT students, faculty, and staff gain:

    Online access to millions of public domain titles, including more than three million volumes not already in UT’s collections.

    The ability to create and save “virtual” collections for public or private use. Collection Builder allows users to create and save permanent or temporary collections that can be searched independently of the rest of the HathiTrust digital library.

    Better access for persons with print disabilities. UT students, faculty, and staff with print disabilities (such as vision impairments) also have online access to any UT-owned title (including in-copyright titles) in the HathiTrust digital library — more than 650,000 titles. These users may download a version of the title that is optimized for use with screen readers.

    A collaborative research center that supports digital scholarship. The HathiTrust Research Center is developing cutting-edge software and infrastructure to enable advanced computational access to digital texts in the HathiTrust library.

The UT Libraries gains a trusted repository for the long-term preservation of its holdings as well as persistent access to the digital collections.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication and Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

The Libraries’ new digital humanities librarian, Ashley Maynor, appreciates the potential benefits to UT scholars. “A number of UT’s faculty are already engaged in interesting digital projects: 3D visualization of ancient artifacts, data mining of historical texts,…. The tools under development at HathiTrust’s Research Center open up exciting new possibilities for both faculty and student scholars at UT,” says Maynor.

Since HathiTrust launched in 2008, partner libraries have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library.

The University of Tennessee Joins HathiTrust

HathiLogoThe University of Tennessee, Knoxville has become the newest member of HathiTrust (www.hathitrust.org), a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.

Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than eighty partners.

Over the last five years, the partners have contributed nearly 11 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than 3.4 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.

HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.

“The Libraries are thrilled to be joining HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, Associate Dean of Libraries for Scholarly Communication & Research Services, said. “The Libraries has a history of being committed to digital preservation and open access, and this partnership underscores our continued dedication to provide lasting access to scholarship.”

HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by the partner libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors. More information on HathiTrust is available at: http://www.hathitrust.org/.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is Tennessee’s land-grant institution and the flagship campus of the state university system. With holdings of three million volumes, the UT Libraries is a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though its digital repository, Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise. The UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries

More Historic Tennessee Newspapers Scanned and Preserved

HeraldTribuneFor the past two years, the UT Libraries has been scanning historic Tennessee newspapers as part of a nationwide project, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, that aims to preserve this “first draft of history.” The digitized newspapers are available to the public at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website. The historic newspapers are fully searchable.

Chronicling America was updated last week and now contains over 6.6 million pages from more than 1,000 titles published between 1836 and 1922 in 30 states. This latest update brings newspapers from new awardees West Virginia, Michigan, and Iowa.

A further 27,400 pages of Tennessee newspapers have been made available, bringing our overall total to just over 126,000 pages. The update includes the following titles:

    Union and American [Greeneville], 1875-1877
    Herald and Tribune [Jonesborough], 1869-1897
    Union Flag [Jonesborough], 1865-1869
    Memphis Daily Appeal, 1877-1885
    Public Ledger [Memphis], 1875-1883
    Sweetwater Forerunner, 1868-1869
    Sweetwater Enterprise, 1869-1872
    Weekly Herald [Cleveland], 1876- 1881
    Winchester Daily Bulletin, 1862-1863
    Winchester Home Journal (and its many title variations), 1857-1882

Click here for a list of all Tennessee newspapers currently available on Chronicling America.

For more information about TNDP and other historical newspaper curios, visit the project’s blog at http://www.lib.utk.edu/tndp/news/.

Libraries’ Redesigned Website Launched August 12

beta18JulyThe UT Libraries has a new website! Redesigned using the university’s new templates, our new site launched on the morning of Monday, August 12. The new site is sleek and easy to use, and will be up and ready to go for the students as they return for the fall semester. As part of the Libraries’ site, the Library Friends pages have been updated and redesigned as well.

Use the link to the Library Friends at the bottom of the Libraries’ main page at lib.utk.edu. New information and links will be up when the site is launched on Monday and will be added throughout the fall.

NEW LOOK! We’ll soon launch our new website

beta18JulyAs part of our ongoing efforts to serve our users effectively, UT Libraries will be switching over to a new website design in the next few weeks.

The new site is still a work in progress, so you will likely notice regular changes over the next few weeks as we work diligently to ensure everything is correct by the official launch on or around August 12th. At that time, this beta site will be fully functional and serve as our new home on the web.

We encourage you to visit the beta site and offer us your feedback. The new design should make it easier to find information on library services, events, and news.

Join the conversation on Facebook (facebook.com/utklibraries) and help us make the library website even better.

News Sources from Around the World: available for a limited-time trial

Get multiple perspectives on your research topic from news sources around the world. For a limited time, the Access World News Research Collection will be available to UT users.

Access World News provides access to over 219 million current and archived articles from global news sources. Media include print and online newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, newswires, news videos and journalist-written blogs. Content is easily searched and sorted through an intuitive, map-based interface.

This is an excellent resource for background research, tracking an event or topic over time, and comparing issues both chronologically and geographically.

The UT Libraries has arranged for trial access to the database until May 15.

Review of new electronic resources is an ongoing process. Databases being considered for acquisition are made available to UT users for a short trial period. Evaluation and feedback from the campus community is an important part of this process.