The move towards open access publishing continues to accelerate at pace.
Reveal Digital’s ‘Independent Voices’ is a collection of North American alternative press periodicals published during the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s. This collection is being developed and published under an innovative library crowdfunding open access model, which pools money contributed by libraries to clear rights, digitise and host humanities collections aggregated from many institutions.
To date, 96 libraries in the US have funded this project ranging from four-year liberal arts colleges to the largest, most prestigious research universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Michigan and the University of California.
Reveal Digital would like to invite UK higher education (HE) institutions to contribute to its Independent Voices collection and expand its scope. Half of the amount pledged by UK HE libraries will go towards the digitisation of UK alternative press content for inclusion in Independent Voices, and UK-pledging libraries will be able to set the content priorities.
What to expect from the webinar
At this webinar members of Reveal Digital’s leadership will talk about the immediate opportunity including the numerous direct benefits the model offers to the education community, including:
- Extending open access to digital collections
- Being part of a community-driven initiative
- Providing strategic input into what content gets digitised
- Keeping costs to a minimum
- Aggregating disparate resources
...as well as future plans for a digitisation fund approach, which will enable libraries that contribute to nominate and actively participate in the selection of new projects to pursue.
Thursday 1 December
Head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research, Jisc
Background on Independent Voices and its crowdfunding open access model
Program director, Reveal Digital
Highlights on benefits of participating in Independent Voices
- Thorne Dreyer, one of the founders of The Rag (Austin, Texas), one of the most important alternative press publications in the US included in Independent Voices
- Tessa Jordan, feminist scholar at the British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Peter Berg, associate director for special collections and preservation at Michigan State University, one of the key contributing libraries to Independent Voices
Negotiated fees for UK institutions
Who should attend
- Managers and senior managers within higher education libraries with responsibility for content acquisition, collection management and development, archives and special collections
- Academics and researchers with an interest in primary source material in the humanities
- Anybody with an interest in innovative open access models
Watch the webinar recording
Watch video from Peter Berg, Michigan State University
Dr Peter Berg, head of special collections at the Michigan State University Libraries, describes the radicalism collection and MSU's partnership with Reveal Digital's Independent Voices open access project.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries about the event.
This is a free webinar but you will need to register to attend.