UH Libraries Hosts New Speaker Series

A new speaker series at UH Libraries opens with Mike Furlough of HathiTrust.

A new speaker series at UH Libraries opens with Mike Furlough of HathiTrust.

The University of Houston Libraries will open its new speaker series, Libraries Rising: Enriching Conversations, on January 13 with Mike Furlough, executive director of HathiTrust Digital Library.

HathiTrust is an organization that includes over 100 academic and research institutions working to transform scholarship and research in the 21st century. Furlough’s talk, “HathiTrust and Your Library: An Update for 2016,” will highlight HathiTrust’s services and its major programs focused on shared print, computational research, and federal documents. Since HathiTrust’s founding in 2008 it has grown to become a worldwide force for collective action in the library community. Its collection now holds nearly 14 million volumes, and its activities as a partnership extend beyond simple notions of a digital library. Its 110 members are creating a common good for the benefit of readers worldwide, but are also developing services of lasting impact for their own researchers and students. This update will focus on how the University of Houston and other Texas libraries can build on HathiTrust for their own needs.

Furlough’s research has focused on how libraries and universities develop organizational support for emerging scholarly communication practices. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, which he co-edited with Maria Bonn, was published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015. Furlough is currently on the Board of the Digital Preservation Network and is a member of The Future of the Print Record working group sponsored by the Modern Language Association and American Historical Association.

Libraries Rising: Enriching Conversations is a new series presenting thought leaders from diverse disciplines to discuss bold ideas in teaching, learning, and discovery. The inaugural talk, which will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion, is free and open to all members of the campus and scholarly community.

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Posted on January 5th, 2016 by Esmeralda Fisher and filed under Announcements | Comments Off on UH Libraries Hosts New Speaker Series