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Accessible Archives and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Enter Into a Publishing Partners Agreement

Malvern, PA (January 29, 2015)Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases has signed an agreement with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to preserve in digital format a number of primary source collections relating to President Lincoln and the State of Illinois.  Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will be available to genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest as new databases by Accessible Archives.  This collaboration was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries.

Established in 1889 as the Illinois State Historical Library by the Illinois General Assembly, it later was renamed the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to reflect its essential role in telling the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life.  The library holds an impressive collection of Lincoln materials, among them Lincoln family letters and a prized collection of Lincolniana and assassination materials.  In addition, the library contains the premier collection of materials on Illinois history, including myriad books, original maps and thousands of boxes of personal papers and other records relating to Illinois’ political, business, and cultural leaders.  The county history collection provides at least one history from each of Illinois’ 102 counties, which over time will become available through Accessible Archives.  The Library also stages exhibits that showcase its impressive historical holdings relating to all aspects of Illinois history, including an extensive Civil War collection and strong offerings on slavery and abolition, early settlement, church and community histories, and Illinois coal mining.

Kathryn M. Harris, Library Services Director, commented on the recently completed agreement: “The partnership that we have entered into with Accessible Archives will benefit not only the Presidential Library, but also genealogists, historians, researchers or anyone interested in Illinois or Lincoln history.  We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship!”

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, responded: “These unique materials will be a great addition to our historical offerings, both as stand-alone collections and as enhancements to those databases we have already.  Our initial commitment will be the conversion of the Illinois county histories as one of the final steps in completing our American County Histories collection which soon will cover the entire country.”

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across 18th and 19th American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

Unlimited Priorities is attuned to the management requirements of organizations in the information industry, both commercial and not-for-profit. We provide executive-level support services by utilizing a highly skilled group of professionals with abundant experience. Our practice specialties include Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Financial Services, Operations Management, Production, Information Technology, Social Media, and Content Development and Licensing. Our Archival Initiatives Division offers advice to libraries, historical societies and industry associations in selecting, distributing, and monetizing their valuable archival content. Our goal is to enhance our clients’ abilities to succeed, offering solutions that are realistic, practical, achievable and affordable.

Contacts

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
tnagy@accessible.com
866-296-1488
www.accessible-archives.com
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com

 

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Accessible Archives MARC Records Added to WorldCat and Digitized Collections Added to WorldCat Discovery Services

Historical databases now accessible to libraries through
WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery Services

Malvern, PA (January 28, 2015) — Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has entered into an agreement with OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative providing research, programs and services for libraries, to add MARC records from hundreds of digitized historical book resources to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide. Accessible Archives’ diverse primary source collections, which now are available through WorldCat Discovery Services, also include newspapers and periodicals from Colonial and Early America. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, and also facilitated the negotiations for this agreement.

The Accessible Archives collections that have been added to the central index used by WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local previously were available only as single centrally indexed collections. Libraries currently accessing these collections through the Accessible Archives database (target ID 1940) should switch from that collection to the appropriate individual collections(s). Instructions for configuring the individual collections in the OCLC Service Configuration module are available on the WorldCat Local User Support Center. Further information may be obtained directly from OCLC.

Accessible Archives and OCLC also have partnered to add these collections to the WorldCat knowledge base. This direct feed will save libraries time and will result in fast, easy and reliable access to these critical e-collections for library users.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across 18th and 19th American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

Contacts

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
tnagy@accessible.com
866-296-1488
www.accessible-archives.com
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com

 

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Accessible Archives Adds Last Two Regions to American County Histories Database

Part VI: Central States and Part VII: Midwest
States Available Soon

Malvern, PA (January 27, 2015)Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the expansion of its American County Histories collection. The addition of the Central and Midwest regions will further the massive undertaking that began with the Mid-Atlantic states and now encompasses the New England, Southeast, Southwest and West regional collections. Included Central states are Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Midwest covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Published primarily between 1870 and 1923, county histories are a cornerstone of local historical and genealogical research. They provide historians and genealogists with regional overviews and general community conditions. Ancestor research often yields collateral information about neighbors, friends and associates. Additional areas include government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, fire departments, cemeteries, transportation, and local and regional geological conditions. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper on the topic.

As with all Accessible Archives databases these volumes will be carefully imaged and each article keyed and XML-tagged rather than using dirty OCR. Instead of plowing through as many as 50 separate sites with untagged images and multiple formats the user can search not just the only site with nationwide coverage in a unified manner, but is able to cross search through multiple related databases, as well.

Tom Nagy, COO of Accessible Archives, commented, “We’re very proud and, frankly, quite relieved to be nearing the end of this commitment. County histories are used on a daily basis in many libraries, but leafing through the individual volumes is a time-consuming effort. As the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories we are gratified to be able to aid users as they conduct searches across a county, a state or the entire country in a matter of minutes rather than hours, days or weeks.”

In its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC® helped expedite this project by providing technical and production assistance and product development while also arranging multiple license agreements and sourcing all content.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities LLC as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Contacts

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
tnagy@accessible.com
866-296-1488
www.accessible-archives.com
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com

 

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Accessible Archives Retains Scholarly iQ to Manage Customer COUNTER Usage Reports

Accessible ArchivesMalvern, PA (January 22, 2015) — Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, and Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, have announced that Accessible Archives’ usage statistics for its collections  using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards will become available April 1, 2015. These standards are the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data, which are used to ensure independent reporting of publishers’ usage statistics to libraries. Scholarly iQ is providing reporting and data management services for Accessible Archives.  This agreement was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries.

Iris Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, discussed the importance of COUNTER compliance: “In today’s challenging economic market, ensuring that trusted, independent reporting of usage statistics is available to libraries is critical as this data is used to effectively demonstrate content value to subscribing institutions.  Partnering with Scholarly iQ will ensure Accessible Archives remains compliant with the COUNTER R4 standard, allowing them to better serve the scholarly library community.”

The COUNTER Release 4 standards contain the following new features to improve the delivery of consistent, credible and comparable usage statistics:

  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content
  • An expanded list of Definitions, including terms such as ‘multimedia full content unit’, ‘record view’, ‘result click’, as well as different categories of ‘access denied’, etc. that are used for the first time in Release 4
  • Enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians
  • The ability to report usage of Gold Open Access articles separately, via the new “Journal Report 1 GOA.”
  • An expanded “Journal Report 2,” which includes information on denied-access content and unlicensed content, in addition to the “Turnaways” data, which is covered by earlier COUNTER Releases.
  • A modified “Journal Report 5,” which reports on the usage of full-text article requests by year and by journal from a library’s acquired archival content.
  • Inclusion of Book DOI in the usage reports, to facilitate not only the management of usage data, but also the linking of usage data to other data relevant to collections of online content.
  • An expanded Database Report 2, which now includes ‘access denied: content item not licensed’, in addition to the ‘Turnaways’ (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases.
  • Modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).
  • A requirement, in Book Report 2, that the type of Section covered in the report be defined
  • Removal of Book Report 6: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service, which is replaced by Platform Report 1.
  • A new report, Multimedia Report 1, which covers the usage of non-textual multimedia resources, such as audio, video and images, by reporting the number of successful requests for multimedia full content units
  • Flexibility in the usage reporting period that allows you to specify a date range for your usage reports
  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content.

“The academic publishing market is fast becoming increasingly online and data driven,” said Gary Van Overborg, CEO and founder, Scholarly iQ. “The COUNTER R4 standard provides trust and accountability in understanding the business value of digital products. Supporting and adhering to these latest standards is a must, and we are delighted to be working with Accessible Archives at this tremendously exciting time.”

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

 Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across 18th and 19th American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

About Scholarly iQ

Scholarly iQ provides independent, trusted eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market. Leaders in usage reporting since 2002, SiQ services integrate and deliver meaningful data accurately and on time for better business decisions.

SiQ leverages leading technologies and has a solid team of professionals in online publishing, web analytics, database integration, and web site development, providing legendary client support 24×7 with energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This combination ensures that SiQ continuously provide exemplary customer centric solutions with industry leading people, processes and technologies.

In addition, SiQ actively supports the academic publishing market as a whole through community participation including NISO’s SUSHI Developers Group and Business Information Topic Committee (www.niso.org) , the Society for Scholarly Publishing (www.sspnet.org), UKSG (www.uksg.org) and COUNTER’s International Advisory Board (www.projectcounter.org). For more information, visit www.scholarlyiq.com or https://twitter.com/ScholarlyIQ.

Contacts

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
tnagy@accessible.com
866-296-1488
www.accessible-archives.com
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com

 

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See you in Charleston!

Accessible Archives is looking forward to meeting the many attendees at this year’s Charleston Conference. We have a lot to talk about!

Accessible Archives publishes electronic full-text searchable historical databases containing primary source materials from 18th and 19th century American newspapers, periodicals and books. These selected unique resources provide access to events during the critical periods of colonial America and the first century of the young American Republic. During the past year we have increased our African American History coverage with National Anti-Slavery Standard 1840-1870 and added National Citizen and Ballot Box and The Revolution to our Women’s Suffrage collection. Our newest database, Frank Leslie’s Weekly 1855-1922, follows social development of the United States into the 20th century and includes written and pictorial coverage of The Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. We continue to grow our American County Histories database, as well, and now have expanded coverage throughout the Southwest and Western states, with more to come.

We are excited about these happenings and are eager to share them with you. Please visit with us at Table 19; we look forward to seeing you there.

As the official sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities also will be available during the entire conference, so if you would like to schedule an appointment for a more in-depth discussion, please contact us at iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com. In the meantime, you can find full information about our databases and support materials here at accessible-archives.com.

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