HathiTrust US Federal Government Documents Initiative

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 18, 2013

“Call for US Federal Government Documents Records: A crucial component and initial step in the initiative is working to get an idea of the total corpus of US federal government documents held by US institutions. HathiTrust will soon be issuing a broad call for cataloging records of US federal government publications to be used to compare the holdings of our institutions and understand what portion of the corpus that is already in HathiTrust, what portion not in HathiTrust has been digitized by Google or other entities, and what portion remains to be converted to digital format. To this end, we are issuing a broad call for cataloging records of US federal government publications to be used to compare the holdings of our institutions and understand what portion of the corpus that is already in HathiTrust, what portion not in HathiTrust has been digitized by Google or other entities, and what portion remains to be converted to digital format. We would like to request that all records be submitted by January 31, 2014. There is growing interest among libraries and consortia across the United States to take action in this arena and we are eager to get started. The results of the analysis will be made available at a minimum to those who submit records, and the records themselves will be available to be used, under appropriate use policies and permissions, by government documents initiatives underway by groups and organizations participating in the call. For cataloging record requirements and instructions on how to submit records, please see the form at http://tinyurl.com/kyw26fo.”

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