New roundup of online resources – News
One of the joys of working with scholarly communications and open access materials is seeing how our colleagues around the world have embraced the movement and how their work can benefit our users. With the end of the semester, we certainly hope that our readers will take a well-deserved break, but some of you may already be thinking about next year’s classes.
The Harry Ransom Center has digitized and made available online its collection of documents documenting the life of British author Radclyffe Hall and artist Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge. The 60,000 digitized items related to the lives of these queer pioneers are accompanied by an educational resource created by writer and cartoonist Coyote Shook.
In other exciting news, the Association for Computing Machinery is offering free access to all the articles they published during their first 50 years of existence, from 1951 to 2000. More than 117,500 articles also include related documents such as “data sets, software, slides, audio recordings and videos”.
The UC Santa Barbara Library is also digitizing a portion of its collection of rare 19th-century exhibit catalogs. This collection includes unique catalogs and others that date back to the 16and century. They estimate that digital versions of these materials will be available to the public around the start of the fall 2022 semester.
Finally, for those of you who remember the screen swaying slightly when you advanced the microfiche reader (and for the rest of you as well), the Internet Archive has partnered with several Federal Depository Libraries Library Program to provide digital access to over one million microfiche cards containing 70 million pages of material. These are government documents, mostly government agency reports from the 1970s and congressional documents. At the time of this writing, more than 20,000 texts were already publicly available in the microfiche collection. Open access documents created by ISU faculty, staff and students can also be viewed in our institutional repository, ISU ReD. If you have questions about making your past or current open access projects, want to include your papers on ISU ReD, or have questions about scholarly communications or related topics, we hope you will contact the team at scholarly communication from the Milner Library to [email protected]