Texas A&M University Libraries Joins HathiTrust

Marketing and Communications | November 10, 2010

College Station, TX (Oct. 31, 2010) -- Texas A&M University Libraries has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative. The University Libraries will increase access to digitized books, while also contributing materials to HathiTrust’s common digital library.

Joining under a sustaining partner model, the Texas A&M University Libraries will initially contribute volumes from the Texas FARMER (Full-text Agriculture Resource Materials Electronic Repository) project, which seeks to digitally document and preserve agriculture-related resources from the state of Texas. The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin comprises more than 1,000 Texas FARMER publications to date.

“Texas A&M has one of the most comprehensive and distinctive collections of Texas agricultural publications, so we found it fitting to share these publications as an initial contribution to HathiTrust,” Holly Mercer, head of Digital Services and Scholarly Communication, said.

HathiTrust is a repository that guarantees long-term preservation of materials, curation assistance and consistent access. It’s also a service for partner institutions and a public good; more than 1.7 million volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Internet.

“Texas A&M looks forward to membership in Hathi,” Steven E. Smith, associate dean for Collections and Services at Texas A&M University Libraries, said. “In the digital age, research libraries will increasingly collaborate to develop shared services for the benefit of our library patrons and the global community. Texas A&M University Libraries is committed to providing enduring access to print and digital scholarship, and HathiTrust is one of several approaches we are taking to achieve this.”

During the last two years, HathiTrust partners have contributed more than 7 million volumes to the member digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means including Google, Internet archive digitization and in-house initiatives similar to Texas FARMER.

“HathiTrust is pleased to have Texas A&M University join us as a sustaining member in this important enterprise,” John Wilkin, executive director of HathiTrust, said. “Texas A&M has a comprehensive and distinctive collection of Texas agricultural publications, and this important collection will enhance the digital library.”

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 the nation’s research libraries.

About Texas A&M University Libraries

Texas A&M University is Texas' first public institution of higher learning and is one of a select few universities with land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant designations. Texas A&M University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is a hub for research and information, providing 4.6 million volumes, 5.7 million microforms, 91,580 print and electronic serial titles, 557,777 electronic books and more than 600 databases. To learn more, visit Texas A&M University Libraries.