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Inside the Archives – Autumn 2017 – Volume VI Number 4

Autumn 2017
Volume VI. Number 4.

Hey, it’s that time again, time to catch you up on the latest doings at Accessible Archives. The information in this edition of our newsletter is critical as it’s all about saving you money! So let’s get started.

 

Hold that Price

Accessible Archives’ approach to our permanent access customers always has been to provide top quality data at an affordable price. As a “differentiator” our policy is to capture images at the highest resolution while re-keying and XML-TEI Lite tagging the text, as opposed to using dirty OCR. And we’ve been able to maintain a degree of flexibility in working out the most advantageous manner in aiding libraries interested in acquiring our collections, including the fact that our modest annual maintenance fee covers all of our databases to which a library has permanent access.

Like you, we’re aware of the many problems facing our country and the rest of the world – floods, hurricanes (a hurricane in Ireland??? What’s that all about!!!), forest fires, volcanos, terrorism. Any of them could have a negative effect on the information community. We can’t solve these, but we can offer you a small ray of sunshine. In the spirit of our collaborative policies we have made the decision to hold the line on pricing for 2018. That means no increase in cost for permanent access to our databases, for our subscriptions, and even for our maintenance fee. So now you can lock in one small part of your budget for 2018.  Hurrah!

And Then, There’s a Sale!

We’re excited about our progress with our American County Histories collection, and want to share that excitement with you by announcing a SPECIAL SALE! The purchase of any portion of American County Histories earns a 25% discount. And if you are attending the Charleston Conference and visit us at Table #32 we’ll take an additional 10% off (if you’re NOT attending simply mention the conference and you’ll still get the extra 10%!).

What Else is Going on?

2017 continues to be a busy year at Accessible Archives – a new webinar in November, monthly content updates, exhibiting at the Charleston Conference, and more!  We are moving closer to the completion of our American County Histories and America and World War I collections!

Our Senior Research Editor, Jill O’Neill, has composed a very informative White Paper on American County Histories. It provides insights into the variety of uses of county histories – personal, historical, and cultural, sample use cases, and accessibility. –Check out the White Paper below!

Accessible Archives has become a full member of the COUNTER Project and is moving forward with the implementation of Release 5. See full information later in this newsletter.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to contribute or have an article suggestion for the Accessible Archives Newsletter. Keeping you informed is our goal!

American County Histories: A Unique Research Resource

County histories — publications that document and commemorate a specific region — represent a valuable information resource for patrons. They may be useful to the scholar chasing down a familial relationship for a particular historical figure, to the student researching an educational assignment, to the local authority seeking awareness of a particular population’s points of pride, need and understanding.

Those studying a local region have a broad diversity of available information resources. These may be found on the open web, as part of a university’s special collections, or via commercial services. The issue is not whether the user will find something useful, but rather how best he or she can tap into the specific resource best suited to task requirements.

Because so much information exists in both print and digital formats, examples of useful information resources are included here to provide a better understanding of the range of available materials. It is important that each be considered for appropriateness to the specific needs of the user, whether performing casual or scholarly investigation. That appropriateness may be determined through a sense of the scope of materials included in the resource, the available formats and the functional support for use (such as discovery, search and retrieval).

Download the Whitepaper

Accessible Archives Announces COUNTER Membership – Implements Release 5 of COUNTER

Accessible Archives, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has joined COUNTER as a full member and announced its intent to become fully compliant with the new COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources: Release 5.  Learn more here.

Check Out Our Open-Access E-Books and Databases!

Achieving Higher Customer Satisfaction Is Our Goal at Accessible Archives

“UNC libraries and their users consider Accessible Archives products to be important e-resources for supporting research in African American studies and on the history of the American South and, as a consequence, consistently have made their acquisition a priority.”

-Luke Swindler, Coordinator of General Collections,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries

 “…all of you have been so great to work with. I just created a Sushi account, could not have been easier with your instructions.  Thanks!”

-Alice Eng, Electronic Resources
Librarian, Wake Forest University

 “I was talking to the Library Director here at Sewanee this morning, and telling her how much we love your database and knew that they used it as well.”

-Gentry Holbert, Director, Library &
Instructional Resources, Spring Hill College

 “…I remain an appreciative customer of Accessible Archives…”

 -Jack Robertson, Fiske and Marie Kimball
Librarian, Jefferson Library at Monticello

 

Upcoming Conference Events


Will you be at the Charleston Conference? Lots of new and exciting things are going on at Accessible Archives and we would love to get together and share the news. We are at Table #32. Let us know and we will make a date!

Charleston Gaillard Center - Table #32

Charleston Gaillard Center – Table #32

Will you attend ALA Midwinter in Denver February 9-12, 2018?  We would love to get together with you!  We are in booth #2209. Let us know and we will make a date!

Colorado Convention Center – Halls A-C - Booth #2209

Colorado Convention Center – Halls A-C – Booth #2209

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Germans Interned at Camp Sherman

Germans Interned at Camp Sherman

This item appeared in The Camp Sherman News (The Eighty-third Division News) on July 10, 1918.  Camp Sherman was established in 1917 after the U.S. entered World War I and today serves as a training site for National Guard Soldiers.

American Military Camp Newspapers provides users with unparalleled access to unique sources covering the experiences of American soldiers during the mobilization period in 1916, in the trenches in 1918 and through the occupation of Germany in 1919.

Camp Soldiers Warned Against
Making Reprisals to Interned Men

Kaiser William’s crew from the interned Hamburg-American liner Kron Prinz Wilhelm and four of his seamen from the captured submarine U-58, have accepted positions with Uncle Sam in Camp Sherman.

They are paid $1.25 a day minus $1 for food and lodging and are quartered in the new electrically-guarded stockade, Section R, near the Scioto river.

Hundreds of Camp Sherman soldiers have visited the prison to see the Hun sailors, still garbed in their native maritime outfits.

Under the vigil of 25 United States soldiers from Fort McPherson, Georgia, the prisoners are taken daily to the big camp war garden or to the incinerator and disposal plants for a regulation army work day.

Each day’s work means 25 cents profit to them. This either is saved for them or given them in the form of canteen checks.

Our collection, America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers, addresses a topic and period that continues to be of the widest interest and importance to scholars, students, and the general public – America in the World War I Era. Camp newspapers make important original source material—much of it written by soldiers for soldiers—readily available for research.

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The Eye and Aviation (1918)

By Capt Conrad Berens, M. C .

Experience has shown that the men who wrote the first blake for the examination of the Aviator were wise when they demanded that the flier’s eyes be free from disease and that he should have normal sight, color vision and the power to judge distance quickly and accurately. In many instances where a waiver was granted for some ocular defect, serious and even fatal accidents have occurred to those very individuals in whose favor the waivers were granted.

Fortunately for those of us who are trying to keep the eyes in condition for flying, the necessity for keen vision, normal color vision and the proper coordination of the ocular muscles in the judgment of distance, is well recognized by the fliers; particularly by the men who have been over the lines. Many of the best fliers say that the two most important things in getting the Huns it to see him first and to shoot straighter than he does. Naturally, the eye plays the master part in both of these acts, although knowing how and where to look is also a factor. However, even though you know how and where to look you will be at a great disadvantage if you can’t see as well as your antagonist does. There is some confusion in the average mind as to the meaning of farsight and as the farsighted man does not necessarily see well at a distance, it is better to to use the scientific term hypermetropia in speaking of this condition. At first little attention was paid to hypermetropia but it was soon realized that the men who were very hypermetropia were in many cases unsafe as pilots, due the weakening effect of altitude, upon the muscles of the eyes and therefore extremely hypermetropia men are disqualified.

Our collection, America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers, addresses a topic and period that continues to be of the widest interest and importance to scholars, students, and the general public – America in the World War I Era. Camp newspapers make important original source material—much of it written by soldiers for soldiers—readily available for research.

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The First White Men in the Shenandoah Valley

The First White Men in the Shenandoah Valley

On a summer’s day in the year 1716, Governor Alexander Spotswood, with a party of twenty or thirty horsemen, set cut from Williamsburg, the capital of the Virginia colony, to ascertain for himself what sort of country lay west and north of the great “Blue Mountains.” There was good reason to believe that several Indian tribes of uncertain friendship might be found there; and who else or what else nobody seemed quite certain, save the ignorant and superstitious, who declared that there were monsters and mysteries numerous and dreadful enough.

The Governor may have had predominantly in mind objects much more commonplace and practical than the simple clearing up of superstitions and mysteries. Doubtless the elements of romance and danger afforded a considerable stimulus toward a jaunt; but he must have been seriously in earnest about something, to undertake an expedition of nearly two hundred miles up country, past the very frontiers and into the wilderness.

The full-text search capability of the American County Histories database permits the student/researcher to explore all the publications of a particular county by using a single query. In addition, those wishing to read or browse the text on a page by page basis may do so in the original format merely by scrolling down the screen and then continuing to the next chapter.
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Free Webinar: What is COUNTER?

October 3, 2017 at 11AM EDT

Accessible Archives recognizes the importance of usage reporting and we have made a commitment to provide COUNTER compliant usage reporting to our subscribers. Working with Scholarly iQ, Accessible Archives provides librarians with access to their COUNTER reports through an intuitive web portal as well as a SUSHI web service for harvesting reports from multiple discovery services. This webinar will also provide an update on COUNTER Release 5 – designed for the ever-changing digital publishing world.

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Hosted by Bob Lester, Product Development & Strategy Consultant, Unlimited Priorities, LLC, presenters will include:

  • Lorraine Estelle, Director, COUNTER Project
  • Stuart Maxwell, Vice President, Business Development, Scholarly iQ