Michael Joseph Furlough

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1001 North Buhr
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3297
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Executive Director of Hathi Trust


I am the Executive Director of HathiTrust Digital Library.  Our partnership includes over 90 academic and research institutions working to transform scholarship and research in the 21st century. The partnering institutions currently own and maintain a trusted digital repository of more than 11 million volumes, digitized from partner library collections and other sources. The repository has become a unique preservation and access platform, supporting cutting-edge initiatives in open access, copyright review (the Copyright Review Management System), computational research (the HathiTrust Research Center), and a broad effort to expand access to US federal government documents, among others.


My research has focused on how libraries and universities develop organizational support for emerging scholarly communication practices, and I have presented work at the Digital Library Federation Forum, the American Association of University Presses, the Charleston Conference, the Bloomsbury Conference, and Educause, among others. My most recent research project is titled “Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries,” which is sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources, and published by MediaCommons Press. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, co-edited with Maria Bonn, will be published by ACRL in 2014. From 2011-2013 he served as faculty for the ARL/DLF/Duraspace E-Science Institute.

I previously studied English and American Literature at the University of Virginia, earning a Master’s Degree. After joining the University of Virginia Library in 1997 I led the GeoStat lab, initiating support for GIS in digital humanities research, and later led planning for and development of the Scholar’s Lab.  From 2006-2014 I served as Assistant and later Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications at Penn State University Libraries, where I led content stewardship services that support the life cycle of scholarly production.