Stanford, CA: Stanford's Deputy University Librarian, Mimi Calter, is one of three new members named to the 2019 Board of Governors for HathiTrust. She will assume her role in January 2019. Established in 2008 as a digital repository for the University of California system and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, HathiTrust has grown into a partnership of over 60 research libraries that is preserving and making accessible more than 750 terabytes of digitized material, and promoting the preservation and accessibility of scholarly materials in both digital and print formats.
The Board of Governors plays a significant role in defining HathiTrust’s mission, goals, and objectives, and also has a critical role in communications, both to members and to the world.
Joining Calter as elected members of the Board are Robert McDonald from the University of Colorado Boulder and Holly Mercer from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Continuing on the Board, and filling the three additional elected positions, are Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University, Yolanda Cooper, Emory University, and Kevin Smith, University of Kansas. Six additional board seats are appointed positions held by Founding Members of the organization.
The appointment to HathiTrust’s board continues Calter’s history of leadership in professional associations. Since 2015, she has served on the Academic & Research Libraries Standing Committee for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and is currently serving as Chair of that committee. She is also Chair of the Executive Committee for WEST, a collaborative and sustainable journal archiving program that is dedicated to transform the manner in which legacy print journal collections are housed and managed, and is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for CLOCKSS, a community governed and supported digital preservation archive for scholarly content.
"I’m honored to have been elected by members of HathiTrust to its Board of Governors," said Calter. “As it enters its second decade, HathiTrust is addressing significant challenges such as improving metadata and improving support for research communities. Coordinated support of those objectives will be critical for success, but the impact is significant, and it is very exciting to work with libraries as they push the boundaries of their digital collections."