Independent Voices: An Open Access Collection of an Alternative Press is now available through the library. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century (60’s, 70’s, and 80’s). The collection currently contains 14,097 issues.
Whether researching topics like peace activist A.J. Muste, the American Indian Movement, the National Organization of Women or Vietnam War draft resistance, Independent Voices provides access to sources not elsewhere available.
Drawn from the special collections of participating libraries across the country, Independent Voices is made possible by the funding support received from libraries and donors across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Through their funding, these libraries and donors are demonstrating their commitment to open access digital collections. Produced by Reveal Digital, access has been arranged through the library’s membership with the Center for Research Libraries.
The scholarly research you have worked so hard on should be available to the widest audience possible. The Open Access concept allows authors to share their research anywhere, with anyone. Open Access Week brings attention to the changes needed in academic publishing today.
Hope faculty affirms the core value of the college “to contribute to the body of knowledge in the academic disciplines” with a vision “to pursue truth so as to renew the mind, enrich the disciplines and transform the culture.”
In the last year alone, 6,206 faculty publications have been downloaded from Hope College’s Digital Commons, a repository of scholarly work from the Hope College community. Hope College Library would love to increase the number of submissions from faculty members! Our Open Access LibGuide has all the information you need to submit your articles to Digital Commons.
Open Access Policies: An Introduction from COAPI video courtesy of Coalition of Open Access Policies
Impact of Open Access Graphic:
bepress, “Impact of Open Access Framework” (2016). DC Promotional Materials. Book 14.
Van Wylen Library is participating in a pilot collection called Knowledge Unlatched. What is KU? Essentially, it creates sustainable, open access to scholarly books with long-term savings for institutions by sharing the costs. Each institution that has pledged their support has acknowledged the need for new publishing models that give broader access to information while keeping costs at a sustainable level. This pilot program makes good research available to readers throughout the world.
Once the program goal was reached, these titles were made available via a Creative Commons license. Records for each of the titles is available via HopeCat. Check back as more books are added to the collection. Currently, there are 19 titles available to be viewed.
To learn more about the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Program, watch this brief video: