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Inside the Archives – January 2014 – Volume 2. Number 1

January 2014
Volume III. Number 1.

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 Accessible Archives, Inc.  had a very successful 2013, and we would like to thank both our established and new customers for their support.  We look forward to an equally successful 2014 during which we will be adding new friends while maintaining close relationships with our existing ones. We will introduce additional materials during the year while also continuing to upgrade our service offerings.  Thank you, again.  We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2014.

As Accessible Archives’ exclusive sales agent, Unlimited Priorities LLC® would like to add our thanks to all those we have worked with during 2013.  We have appreciated your interest and enthusiasm and have enjoyed interfacing with you to enhance your library’s reference offerings.  We hope you have a wonderful 2014, and look forward to continuing to serve your needs during the coming year.


 Accessible Archives will exhibit at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, January 24-27, 2014.  Please visit us in Booth 1168.  We look forward to meeting with current and future customers, and invite you to contact us for an appointment.  We have a lot of exciting things to talk about, including some special offers.  See you in Philadelphia!!


 Accessible Archives has added another region to its expanding American County Histories database.

The Southwest will provide county histories for the states of Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Southwest states join the previously-available county collections of states in the Mid-Atlantic, New England. Southeast and West regions of the country.


 Accessible Archives will travel to Indianapolis March 12-15 and participate in the Public Library Association 2014 Conference. Please stop by Booth 1354 to catch up on our latest offerings, or contact us to set up a firm appointment.  Of special interest will be the genealogical information provided through our expanding American County Histories collection.


 Accessible Archives, Inc. has become fully compliant with The COUNTER Code of Practice for

e-Resources: Release 4.  Release 4 is an integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content.  It replaces both Release 3, incorporating journals and databases, and Release 1, encompassing books and reference works.

 COUNTER provides an international extendible Code of Practice for e-Resources that allows the usage of online information products and services to be measured in a credible, consistent and compatible way using vendor-generated data.  The changes in Release 4 are a combination of housekeeping to reflect the ongoing changing ways content is becoming available, synchronization of previous versions of the standard, and responses to user feedback reflecting an expanded familiarity working with COUNTER reports.  Full information on Project COUNTER may be found at:  This upgrade was coordinated by Unlimited Priorities, Accessible Archives’ exclusive sales and marketing agent.


 We love it when customers are able to help us improve our service offerings.  Mary E. Barbosa-Jerez, Head of Collection Development at the Rolvaag Memorial Library, St. Olaf College offered some suggestions on ways improve our MARC record offerings.  Based on her and her staff’s input we simplified the FTP Directory, eliminated extraneous fields and generally improved our quality control.  We appreciate Mary working with us to make the experience of accessing and working with our databases an easier and more rewarding experience for our users.  Thanks, Mary!

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Inside the Archives – July 2013 – Volume 2. Number 3

July 2013
Volume II. Number 3.

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As with many database publishers most of Accessible Archives’ customers are colleges and universities. However, we have a number of clients with broader applications and we thought we would share information about some of them with you.

Conococheague Institute

Conococheague InstituteThe Conococheague Institute in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania is a regional center for developing and fostering awareness, understanding and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia which was opened to settlers in 1736.

Heather Wade, Executive Director, explained: “We wished to provide access to The Pennsylvania Gazette and its reflections on people’s views of frontier life as our members had been asking for re-prints, and Accessible Archives was the easiest and least expensive way to do this. Articles show how people in the east — having never been there — perceived the “frontier” as rife with Indian raids, terror and trials and tribulations. News of the day provided the settlers with information about the lives they had left. Our historical researchers and genealogists have reacted very favorably to the Gazette and other included databases such as American County Histories.”


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Inside the Archives – April 2013 – Volume 2. Number 2

Inside the Archives

April 2013
Volume II. Number 2.

In this Issue


Accessible Archives was an exhibitor at the recent ACRL Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Booth traffic was heavy, with many customers — both established and new — stopping by to visit. Reaction to our new databases was highly favorable and users were very enthusiastic. Among these SUNY at Fredonia, a recent subscriber, showed a particularly high level of excitement, both for their access to the databases themselves, but also for the support services Accessible Archives provides. They reported overwhelming attendance at our Webinars, something we have heard from many other libraries.

Webinars are conducted on a monthly basis. Information is e-mailed to those who have shown an interest in learning more about our databases and to libraries conducting a free trial of our databases. Sign-up is via the website and upcoming dates are listed there, as well. The next Webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM EDT. Please contact us if you need additional information. (more…)

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Inside the Archives – January 2013 – Volume 2. Number 1

Inside the Archives

January 2013
Volume II. Number 1.

Happy New Year!

Accessible Archives sends you our best wishes and hopes for a great 2013. May it bring you health, prosperity and much happiness.


Accessible Archives will be exhibiting in Booth #1302 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. We’re looking forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones. Call us to arrange an appointment, or just drop by!

ALA Midwinter 2013


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Inside the Archives – August 2012 – Volume I. Number 1

We have expanded and updated our customer support capabilities during the first half of 2012.  We have put them all together for you in Inside the Archives. Subscribe to Inside the Archives by email.

Here are some of the exciting events that have occurred so far this year.

User Manual — We have issued an updated version of our comprehensive online User Manual.  This latest iteration is more user-oriented as it expands and simplifies search capabilities in a number of areas.  A newly created PDF version is available, as well, providing the means for easier printing of the manual and off-line reference activity.

MARC Records — We have completed the addition of full MARC records for each individual publication contained within our family of databases, and at the same time improved searchability. You can request free access to these records by emailing Tom Nagy at

Shibboleth — We have become fully Shibboleth® compliant.  Shibboleth is an advanced networking consortium used by the 900-member UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research to provide a single solution for accessing online resources and services.  Our UK customers are now able to access their current holdings via this standards-based, open source system.


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