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Inside the Archives – April 2014 – Volume III Number 2

April 2014
Volume III. Number 2.

In this Issue


How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New OrleansHow Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans, the first book by Liza Lugo, JD, has been released. According to Dr. Antonio Flores, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, How Do Hurricane Katrina’s Winds Blow? explains “the power of law to reinforce the process of dehumanization, but equally the need for law to restrain it.”

Among her resources Ms Lugo frequently consulted Accessible Archives’ databases. She stated: “During the writing process … I found your website very valuable and included Accessible Archives, Inc., in the list of resources found in the back section of the book as legally required.  In this way, readers can learn more about related topics through your organization.”


Laurie D. Mathews recently recreated the Online Resource page for Lehigh Valley Genealogy LLC. She included Accessible Archives, stating that it “… is one of my favorite databases.” She goes on to add: “…I found Accessible Archives’ A White Paper: American Count Histories — Their Uses, Usability, Sources and Problems with Access, which I highly recommend for anyone using county histories.” Thanks for the kind words, Laurie, and for including us in your list of resources!


Accessible Archives will resume offering free Webinars beginning in May.


Accessible Archives strives continually to enhance the ease of access to our collections. Recently, our MARC records offerings have been improved in the following ways. We have:

  • added records for books that were newly included in our databases
  • improved the overall quality of the records
  • made MARC records available in two ways:
    • in multiple files: all MARC records for one collection each in its own file (the library can load just the collections it subscribes to)
    • in one file that contains all MARC records for all collections (the library can load all records in one step)
  • provided separate files containing only new or modified MARC records [so the library doesn't reload MARC records and overwrite changes it may have made to them]


The J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah had acquired permanent access to only a small portion of African American Newspapers: The 19th Century from Accessible Archives. When they decided to provide access to all the collections through an annual subscription, funding was provided equally by the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences utilizing book funds. They were influenced by the ease of use factor of electronic databases as necessary research in the hard copy resources housed in Special Collections was spotty due to both the access time factor and the limited hours the collections were available.

Mary Ann James, Electronic Resources Manager, pointed out that even though the library utilizes Ex Libris Primo, students tend to access the card catalog first when conducting research as they are looking for materials in all formats. Therefore, it was critical to enter the MARC records supplied by Accessible Archives in a timely manner. Once the records were available students could go immediately to the full-text electronic resources, or to History Packages listing specific databases rather than browsing through all the library’s database holdings.

Previously, students and faculty showed only spotty access to the portions of African American Newspapers: The 19th Century held by the library. Once the subscription was activated and the MARC records entered usage spiked, not only for those portions but across the complete database. In addition, all the collections experienced immediate across the board use, with particularly heavy access in The Lily and Godey’s Lady’s Book, both previously available only in Special Collections. The library points out that prior to Ex Libris Primo MARC records were essential. Even with this discovery service in place, access still is evenly divided between it and the card catalog.


Accessible Archives provides ongoing upgrades and updates to both our new and existing American County Histories collections.

American County Histories IV: The WestSouthwest and West: We continue to add books to each of the states in these collections from an extensive list of available titles. Because we have not yet completed the inclusion of these books pre-publication pricing remains available for both these regions.

Southeast: We have identified and will be adding additional titles to this region. Coverage for each state will be markedly expanded, with new titles included in states where the initial coverage was somewhat limited. There will be no additional cost to current customers for these additional titles.

Midwest and Central: We will begin offering coverage of these final two regions later this year. Member states for each region are:

  • Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
  • Central: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota


Keyed full-text articles for Frank Leslie’s Weekly now are available for 1855-1857, 1862-1869 and 1912-1922 available. We continue to add more working backward from 1912. Of course, all the images remain available, both for this title and for National Anti-Slavery Standard. Keyed full-text articles for the latter now are available 1840 to mid-1853. We continue to add additional years moving forward from 1853.


The following collections have not yet been completed, so pre-publication pricing remains in effect:

  • American County Histories: Southwest
  • American County Histories: West
  • Frank Leslie’s Weekly
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard

In addition, a number of year-end special offers for our other databases currently are available. Please contact us for specifics on any of these generous pricing offers.


SCPL_logoSpartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg, SC was the winner of the raffle drawing conducted in the Accessible Archives exhibit booth at the PLA Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The library will receive a free one-year subscription to the complete collection of thirteen databases. While the databases provide archival materials — newspapers, books and periodicals — across all of Colonial and Early America, the library is most excited about gaining access to information most relevant to South Carolina.

Andy Flynt, Director of Reference Services, reacted: “We are happy that we won the free subscription to Accessible Archives’ databases. We look forward to providing access to historical information from South Carolina that we didn’t have before, and know our patrons will love the resource, as well. The genealogical information and the access to 18th century South Carolina newspapers is going to be a hit.”


ALA-LVAccessible Archives will exhibit at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Jun 27-30, 2014. Please visit us in Booth 1738.

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 new and expanded collections and some special offers.

See you in Las Vegas!

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Inside the Archives – January 2014 – Volume III Number 1

January 2014
Volume III. Number 1.

In this Issue


 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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