This webinar will introduce Reveal Digital's innovative crowdfunding initiative to digitise and deliver the Independent Voices collection of alternative press and little magazines. It will explain how UK academic libraries can pledge to access this unique collection until 31 July 2017 and, in doing so, support UK digitisation.
50% of UK pledges will go towards supporting digitisation of UK material to add to Independent Voices and the contributing libraries will provide strategic oversight for content selection and digitisation.
Independent Voices brings together alternative press publications from the US and Canada that were published in the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of more than 30 participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, black power advocates, hispanics, LGBTs, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines.
Reveal Digital's model is based on a cost recovery-open access approach and Independent Voices will go open access in 2019.
Seven UK institutions have already pledged their support (University of Sussex, University of Bristol, University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University College London, University of the West of England and University of York) and gained early access to this unique collection. Planning for UK digitisation is underway.
At the webinar:
- Staff from Reveal Digital will provide some background on Independent Voices and its crowdfunding model and the benefits of participating in this initiative
- Dr Douglas Field, senior lecturer in 20th century American literature at the University of Manchester, will talk about the benefits of this collection for researchers
- Jisc staff will explain the Jisc-banded pledging fees to gain early access to the collection and how to pledge through the Jisc Collections website
For more information on Reveal Digital's Independent Voices read our blog post and read the information on the Jisc Collections website.
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
For more information, contact Paola Marchionni, head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research.