New HathiTrust blog

HathiTrust has launched a new blog, Perspectives from HathiTrust. The first post is by John Wilkin, Executive Director. He describes the strategy HathiTrust follows to make its content discoverable. Integration into the broader bibliographic access landscape, i.e. making the digitized material findable in a number of environments, is a central mission. Major points:

  • The temporary catalog based on VuFind will be retired and replaced by a new OCLC WorldCat Local catalog (press release here). Inclusion of HathiTrust content into a database where many libraries manage their collections emphasizes the role it can play in collection management and analysis not only for partner libraries but for the broader community. Of course, APIs and record distribution via OAI are also important for access to HathiTrust content.
  • Much of this content is already in Google Books and Internet Archive, but HathiTrust wants to open more avenues for discoverability by incorporating its full text indexes into the Summon discovery service (see press release). Availability in similar tools is likely to follow.
  • The standalone HathiTrust full-text search service will be enhanced with new features such as faceting or weighting of results.

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