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Sunday, October 7 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Addressing the Access Gap in the Digital Archive: Progress through Partnerships

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In a 2016 American Periodicals forum on “Digital Approaches to Periodical Studies,” Ryan Cordell remarks that “access to digital periodical archives is unevenly distributed, with the largest collections sold by commercial providers beyond the means of smaller institutions and independent scholars.“ The access gap is not limited just to “haves” and “have nots,” but also appears in gradated levels of access. How, then, to work towards levelling the academic playing field in terms of database access in an economic environment in which fewer institutions can afford top-level access to them? In my talk I will offer a modest proposal: I will suggest expanding partnerships between three parties: 1) archival libraries, 2) the commercial database providers who digitize and offer their holdings in databases, and 3) individual researchers who do not otherwise have full access to either the archives or the databases.


Sunday October 7, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Walls Lounge

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