[NWDigitalProjects] Independent Voices - open access digital collection of underground press and literary magazine titles

Robb, Evan evan.robb at sos.wa.gov
Thu Mar 9 15:33:46 PST 2017

From: lyroffers-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:lyroffers-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> [mailto:lyroffers-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Hannah Rosen
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 10:52 AM
To: lyroffers at lyralists.lyrasis.org<mailto:lyroffers at lyralists.lyrasis.org>
Subject: [Lyroffers] Reveal Digital Update

Hello All!

We wanted to give you some exciting updates from Reveal Digital!

Independent Voices

LYRASIS would like to congratulate Reveal Digital for gathering support from 107 libraries<http://www.revealdigital.com/independent-voices/independent-voices-funding-libraries/> to raise $1,794,453 to cover the costs of publishing Independent Voices<http://voices.revealdigital.com/cgi-bin/independentvoices?a=p&p=home&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN---------------1>, the premier, and soon to be open access, digital collection of underground press and literary magazine titles from the 1960's, 70's and 80's. A sizable group of LYRASIS members contributed to Independent Voices, and together with Reveal Digital we achieved something that will make a lasting and accessible contribution to scholarly communication.

While North American fundraising is essentially complete, Reveal Digital will continue to source and digitize content for Independent Voices. The latest major addition to the collection is the East Village Other (EVO)<http://voices.revealdigital.com/cgi-bin/independentvoices?a=cl&cl=CL1&sp=BFGHCGB&ai=1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN---------------1>, one of the original of five Underground Press Syndicate titles (the other four are already in Independent Voices). Contributors can expect to see a newsletter next month with more updates and an in-depth look at the historical significance of EVO.

HATE IN AMERICA: Newspapers from the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s

Reveal Digital is now funding a new open access project! From its birth immediately following the Civil War to its re-awakening inspired by the film Birth of a Nation in 1915 through today's fractured organizations using the Klan's name, the Ku Klux Klan has occupied a persistent place in American society.  To understand today's alt-right driven version of American nationalism, we need to go back to the 1920s when the Klan re-emerged as a slick and successful recruiting and marketing engine that appealed to the fears and aspirations of middle-aged, middle-income, white protestant men in the middle of America.  At its peak in 1924, Klan paid membership exceeded 4,000,000 and its national newspaper, the Imperial Night-Hawk, had a circulation larger than the New York Times.

The goal of this project is to assemble a comprehensive and hopefully complete collection of KKK newspapers into a fully-searchable open access database.  The collection features national Klan publications (for example: the Imperial Night-Hawk and the Kourier) as well as regional and local Klan produced papers (i.e., Sgt. Dalton's Weekly, Jayhawker American, and the Minnesota Fiery Cross).  The collection will also include a smaller set of papers sympathetic to the Klan (i.e., The Good Citizen and The Fellowship Forum) and a few important anti-Klan publications (Tolerance and The Record).

LYRASIS is the North American administrative agent for this project. For more information and tiered contribution levels, please see the Reveal Digital<http://bit.ly/2m6DAgw> page on the LYRASIS website.

Civil Society in 20th Century America Investment Fund

Based on experiences from its launch in January of 2013, Reveal Digital is now in a position to further develop and enhance its funding model to become even more aligned with libraries who are seeking to invest in and create collaborative open access digital collections.

The new investment fund will focus on the civil society, a public space between the state, the market, and the ordinary household, in which people can debate, engage, and act. This inaugural digitization fund will invest in projects that embody the civil society; those non-governmental/non-commercial organizations that helped shape and guide America through two world wars, promoted equality across gender and race, campaigned for worker rights, and voiced alternative social views that challenged and ultimately changed societal norms. Our focus will be on 20th century America with the liberty to extend the range based on the unique scope of each funded project.

The new model creates a way for libraries to support open access in a more strategic and sustainable way resulting in broader and more thematically-cohesive collections that are proposed and selected by participating libraries. More information about the fund can be found here<http://bit.ly/2n3MsY9>.

LYRASIS will be the North American administrative agent for this initiative, We will soon have updates on how to donate to the fund directly.

If you have any questions about any of the initiatives above, please do not hesitate to ask!


Hannah Rosen, MLIS
Licensed Services Coordinator
hannah.rosen at lyrasis.org<mailto:hannah.rosen at lyrasis.org>
800.999.8558 x2918
404.803.3521 (mobile)
hrosen02 Skype


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