Inside the Archives – Spring 2015 – Volume IV Number 1

Inside the Archives

Spring 2015
Volume IV. Number 1.


PRODUCT UPDATE

AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS: THE 19TH CENTURY

In our constant striving for excellence we review our current collections on a regular basis.  During one such review we uncovered additional text and images for PROVINCIAL FREEMAN, one of seven newspapers comprising African American Newspapers: The 19th Century.  We have added these materials to the collection, providing them at no additional cost to our customers.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

 Accessible Archives recently signed an agreement with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois 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, professors, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest as new databases by Accessible Archives.  This collaboration was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC.

THE CIVIL WAR COLLECTION EXPANSION

The first collection from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to be made available through Accessible Archives is Part VII of our Civil War collection: Abraham Lincoln Library Abolitionist BooksThis unique collection brings together a disparate group of abolitionist era reference materials.  Ranging from memoirs to speeches, biographies to essays, sermons to proceedings minutes, these publications provide the user an intimate insight into the social, political and religious natures of those contentious times. The diversity of the materials allows the user to access information reflecting both points of view on the abolition of slavery.

ACCESSIBLE ARCHIVES AVAILABILITY THROUGH OCLC

OCLC now has all Accessible Archives collections available in WorldCat Discovery. Updates to these collections will be made within two business days of receipt. Libraries now can configure WorldCat Discovery to allow their users to search the collections to which they subscribe. Access is simple.  Just follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Review your searchable databases – – Go to the OCLC Service Configuration page at worldcat.org/config. Sign in, select Metasearch Content from the left menu, and choose Licensed Content and Databases.

Step 2: Add the Accessible Archives collections to which you subscribe — Click the add/remove databases button. Select the Accessible Archives collections and click Done to allow your users to search the database.

Accessible Archives has provided all MARC records to OCLC and each has been added to WorldCat. All new and updated MARC records will be added to WorldCat as they are received by OCLC. All our collections also have been added to the WorldCat knowledge base. The WorldCat knowledge base combines data about library’s electronic resources with linking features to make Accessible Archives collections easier to find, share, manage and use.

SCHOLARLY iQ UPGRADES COUNTER CAPABILITIES

Upgraded usage statistics for Accessible Archives’ collections became available effective April 15, 2015 using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards.  Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, is providing the new reporting and data management services.  This upgraded capability provides an extra benefit for Accessible Archives’ customers, utilizing the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data to ensure independent reporting of publishers’ usage statistics.  A complete list of the new features contained in COUNTER Release 4 standards is available.

On launch of the service we received swift feedback from Bonnie Forrest,  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee LibrariesAfter giving myself a crash course and learning how the process worked I came to appreciate how straightforward the Scholarly IQ site is, especially compared to others I had to work with. In fact, my first successful SUSHI download was from Scholarly IQ.  I have used the Scholarly IQ site with other providers, and have been pleased.  I also appreciated the quick support I received from both Accessible Archives and Unlimited Priorities in response to my questions.”

This service agreement was coordinated through Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, and also the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

EVEN THE BEST LAID PLANS…

 No matter how well you plan, no new system comes without an occasional glitch.  Mike Poulin, Head of Collection Management and Professor in the University Libraries at Colgate University, encountered such a problem.

“With the release of the new Accessible Archives COUNTER reports, we discovered a problem where books and serials were mixed in the reports.  Within a few days of reporting the problem to Accessible Archives, it was quickly resolved and the reports reformatted so they would load into the ProQuest Counter 360 consolidation service.  The rapid response was welcome, as these types of problems often take a significant period of time to resolve.”

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Mike.  We make every effort to resolve problems as soon as we become aware of them, and we appreciate your kind words.  

DATA MINING BECOMES AVAILABLE

 In collaboration with The NC State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries), has opened up our databases for text and data mining (TDM) for client libraries. TDM encompasses dozens of computationally-intensive techniques and procedures used to examine and transform data and metadata. At its core, TDM uses high-speed computing technology to examine large data sets in order to recognize and model meaningful patterns and rules.

Unlimited Priorities orchestrated this initiative at the request of Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head, Collection Management, at The NCSU Libraries.  Mr. Orcutt explained: “Through this model agreement, Unlimited Priorities and Accessible Archives have become even stronger partners with libraries in supporting the current and emerging needs of researchers. They quickly and positively responded to the opportunity for a win-win relationship in this area. Not only does this agreement open up large and high-quality historical datasets for mining by our users, but as scholars come to understand this content in ways that only such computational research makes possible, the value of these resources for academia correspondingly increases.”

SUPPORTING RESEARCH AND PUBLISHING PROJECTS

We receive numerous requests to use materials from our collections in support of outside projects.  We are happy to comply with a majority of these requests, usually requiring only a full citation in the article, book or media project.

NORTH CAROLINA BOOK

For a University of North Carolina book about eastern North Carolina, Bland Simpson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English & Creative Writing in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill was looking for a high-resolution (300 dpi or greater) copy of an illustration that appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper June 7th, 1862, showing a group of citizens in Beaufort, NC, watching the bombardment of Fort Macon.  We were able to supply the image below as requested, and received the following message from Professor Bland:

Beufort-NC

“Many thanks for the Civil War/Beaufort, NC image. My book is titled “Little Rivers & Waterway Tales:  A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams” and will be published by UNC Press on September 28th, 2015.  One of the chapters is called “Taylor’s Creek,” which is the long stream and channel and waterfront of Beaufort.  Before it was dredged by the Corps of Engineers, citizens of the town could see straight out from Front Street across the marshes to the inlet and Fort Macon — which is what they’re doing in this particular illustration, watching the shelling of the fort by Union forces in spring 1862.  The dredge spoil island created by the Corps in the 1930s is now all grown up in cedars, etc. and blocks the view . . . that’s why I wanted the 1862 item, to illustrate the change, also to show the character of the Civil War era downtown.  Your help with this project much appreciated.”

Glad to help, Bland.  Hope your book enjoys strong sales! 

CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEXTBOOK

Trillium Productions, a full service multi-media company in Evanston, Illinois is working with Central New Mexico Community College putting together digital assets for an on-line digital textbook on the history of New Mexico.  Written by Brandon Morgan, PhD, the book is being published by the College’s Department of Distance Learning.  It will be used by 60-100 students per year, and a version without quizzes and tests (NM History Visitors’ Guide) will be downloaded by 60-100 non-students per year. The textbook will be sold through the college portal, and the NM History Visitors’ Guide will be available for purchase on iTunes and Google books.  Trillium Productions requested use of the following image from Capture of San Antonio and Destruction of the Garrison.

We were happy to supply a hi-res version of the illustration, and received the following note from Roger Brown, Principle at Trillium:

 

San-Antonio-illustration“We appreciated the prompt response we received to our request from Accessible Archives.  The image quality was great and will be really helpful to the students.  We wish all the vendors whom we work with would be this responsive. Thanks, again.”

We’re pleased to be of service, Roger.  We’re sure the students will appreciate their new textbook.

EVENTS

OAH ANNUAL MEETING

Accessible Archives was a first-time exhibitor at the recent Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting in St. Louis.  We were gratified at the interest displayed in our databases by the attending history professors, many of whom took descriptive materials to pass to the library, in support of their specific areas of interest.   

ACCESSIBLE ARCHIVES AT ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 Accessible Archives will exhibit at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, June 26–29, 2015.  Please visit us in Booth 2107.  We look forward to meeting with current and future customers, and invite you to contact us for an appointment.  We have several new things to talk about and some special offers.  See you in San Francisco!

END-OF-YEAR SALE

 Right now – and through June 30 – every one of our databases is available at a significant discount! Utilize these databases to enhance student and faculty exploration of the American Dream through nation-changing events:

  • African American Newspapers
  • American County Histories-7 Regions
  • The Civil War
  • The Lily
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard
  • National Citizen and Ballot Box
  • The Pennsylvania Gazette
  • The Revolution
  • South Carolina Newspapers
  • The Virginia Gazette
  • Frank Leslie’s Weekly

Take advantage of these very generous savings to

  • add a pertinent database to your collection
  • complete a partial database you already own
  • begin a new database by acquiring one or more parts

And if you are a small university ask about our affordable subscriptions!

AND SPEAKING OF SMALL UNIVERSITIES…

 A number of smaller schools recently have taken advantage of our special pricing model to join the Accessible Archives family through an annual subscription.  We’d like to welcome:

  • A-B Tech Community College
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Knox College
  • SUNY Broome Community College Library
  • Wilkes University

Thanks for your commitment, and welcome aboard! 

OPTIMIZING THE DATABASE ACQUISITION BUDGET

Access to Accessible Archives’ databases may be acquired in two ways – with a one-time purchase of permanent access or through an annual subscription.  However, some of our customers utilize both methods to great advantage.  A unique program at Accessible Archives allows annual subscribers to optimize the monies spent on their subscriptions to creatively fund the purchase of permanent access to any of our individual databases.    .

Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio has long taken advantage of this plan to add databases to their permanent collection while maintaining access to all our databases.  They recently acquired Godey’s Lady’s Book with its full complement of color plates, and previously added South Carolina Newspapers and completed their African American Newspapers: The 19th Century collection.  Linda A. Brown, Coordinator of Collections at BGSU Libraries, explained their thinking. “To my mind, Accessible Archives “gets it.”  Our subscription funds accrue as a “deposit” account that can be used for a future purchase. We view our subscription as an extended “trial” where we can truly gather real use and user experiences as the basis for a purchase.”  

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All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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