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Mike Furlough Named HathiTrust Executive Director

Mike Furlough, image courtesy HathiTrust

HathiTrust has announced the appointment of Mike Furlough as executive director, effective May 19, 2014. Furlough is currently associate dean for research and scholarly communications at Pennsylvania State University. He has more than a dozen years of experience leading initiatives in digital scholarship, content stewardship, and scholarly communications, and has served for the last nine months as an inaugural member of HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee.

HathiTrust is an international partnership of academic and research institutions dedicated to ensuring the preservation and accessibility of the record of human knowledge. The partnership owns and operates a digital repository containing millions of public domain and in-copyright volumes, digitized from partnering institution libraries and other sources. The preserved volumes are made available in accordance with copyright law as a shared scholarly resource for students, faculty, and researchers at the partnering institutions, and as a public good to the world community.

For more details about Furlough’s career and the appointment, see the February 25 HathiTrust press release, “Mike Furlough Selected to Be Executive Director of HathiTrust.”