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April 13, 2021

JSTOR awarded 100% score for accessibility statement

ASPIRE, the first verification service for accessibility statements in the publishing industry, has awarded JSTOR a perfect 100% score. JSTOR is now ranked as one of the top resources in ASPIRE’s audit of more than 50 digital platforms.

ASPIRE was launched in 2018 to encourage platforms and publishers to provide clear information about their accessibility features. In their 2021 assessment, they write, “The JSTOR accessibility statement is a fantastic example of the art of creating a user-focused… Read more»

April 7, 2021

JSTOR ebooks now available in the Rialto™ and OASIS® Marketplaces

Librarians can now acquire titles from JSTOR’s collection of more than 100,000 ebooks from 275+ academic publishers through the Rialto and OASIS marketplaces. JSTOR’s unlimited, digital rights management (DRM)-free access model and integration with journals and primary sources creates an easy and familiar user experience for researchers around the world.

Title-by-title ordering is now available for JSTOR ebooks on Rialto and OASIS, and JSTOR’s tiered savings are available to libraries through both marketplaces. Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) for JSTOR… Read more»

April 5, 2021

Canadiana joins JSTOR’s Open Community Collections

The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), a national consortium serving the 75 universities in Canada, has begun freely sharing more than 10,000 items of a growing collection of digitized documentary heritage in JSTOR’s Open Community Collections.

When completed, the collection on JSTOR will feature historical pre-1900 colonial, provincial, and federal government documents, including pre-Confederation official government publications produced by colonial legislatures, federal government documents published between 1867 and 1900, pre-1900 official guides for prospective immigrants to Canada, as… Read more»

February 24, 2021

Open Community Collections marks over 100 contributors

JSTOR’s Open Community Collection initiative has surpassed the 350 collection mark and is steadily growing, with more than 100 current contributing partners at libraries, museums, universities, and other institutions around the world.

We’ve gathered highlights of some of the trends we’re seeing emerge from the contributions:

Illuminated manuscripts

Functioning as devotional objects, religious texts, and luxury goods, illuminated manuscripts play a key role in our understanding of religion and theRead more»

February 19, 2021

JSTOR creates free companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List

JSTOR is providing free access to more than 2,500 articles and book chapters complementing the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List through December 31, 2021. The reading list was created by the Center to celebrate 95 years of collecting and preserving Black history, arts, and culture. More than 130 publishers agreed to participate in this project.

Learn more about the JSTOR Companion to the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List in the JSTOR Daily announcement by Brian… Read more»

February 10, 2021

JSTOR partners with APA to provide psychology books online

More than 500 titles available on an array of psychological topics

JSTOR is partnering with the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer academic monographs through JSTOR’s ebook program. More than 500 titles are available now, and APA will continue to add new academic titles as they are published.

“Our partnership with the APA significantly expands JSTOR’s library of psychology resources,” said John Lenahan, Associate Vice President, Published Content at ITHAKA, JSTOR’s parent organization. “Researchers can now discover APA’s ebooks… Read more»

February 4, 2021

University of Toronto Press adds 4,400 ebooks to JSTOR’s EBA program

The University of Toronto Press, a longtime partner in the Books at JSTOR program, has joined JSTOR’s Evidence-Based Acquisition (EBA) model. It is contributing more than 4,400 backlist ebooks to EBA.

Founded in 1901, University of Toronto Press is one of the largest university presses in North America, with particular strengths in the social sciences, humanities, and business. Its titles record high demand and usage on JSTOR in the disciplines of Language & Literature, History, Political Science, Sociology, and… Read more»

February 1, 2021

Open Community Collections passes 300 collections mark

This month, JSTOR’s Open Community Collections initiative has surpassed the 300 collections mark, gathering contributions from 89 institutions worldwide.

   

Recently added collections from University of Lancashire, University of Cambridge, University of California, Riverside, and University of Pennsylvania continue to diversify content available with cartoons by famed New Yorker artist William Steig, maps and atlases from the 15th century to the present, and rare ephemera including archival musical records, community… Read more»

December 17, 2020

Library Journal names JSTOR Sustainability a “must-have”

This month, Library Journal featured JSTOR’s Sustainability collection as a 2020 must-have database in the Nature and the Environment category, calling it “essential for academic libraries that support multidisciplinary research and learning with a sustainability component.”

The collection features content from more than 30 leading policy institutes worldwide, focusing on sustainability and resilience through a broad lens. It spans over 30 disciplines, with 115 journals and more than 5,400 open research reports.… Read more»

November 23, 2020

Social sign-on now available for JSTOR

As demands for remote access and teaching continue to grow, JSTOR has expanded its remote access options with Google social sign-on capabilities. This option allows students, faculty, and staff to log in using their institutional email addresses provisioned by Google.

Librarians can now request JSTOR social sign-on authentication for their institution.

If your institution already uses a proxy server or SAML and wants to add the new Google option, please note Google will be the default connection in… Read more»

October 25, 2020

Expanded access to JSTOR and Artstor extended through June 2021

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt higher education, ITHAKA is extending the JSTOR and Artstor expanded access program through June 30, 2021 to help institutions in their shift to remote teaching.

Institutions that have opted in don’t need to take any action — they will continue receiving access to unlicensed JSTOR Archive and Primary Source collections and the Artstor Digital Library. Participating institutions that have not yet opted in may still do so; please log in toRead more»

October 23, 2020

Celebrating 100,000 ebooks on JSTOR

The Books at JSTOR program has reached a new milestone: 100,000 ebooks. Introduced in 2012, the program now boasts 279 publisher partners and includes titles libraries can license in our unlimited, DRM-free model as well as Open Access titles that are freely available to everyone.

Our 100,000th book is Ableism in Academia: Theorising experiences of disabilities and chronic illnesses in higher education from UCL Press, the UK’s first fully Open Access university press. Editors Nicole Brown… Read more»

October 21, 2020

Open Community Collections reaches 200th contribution

One year after launching with the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), JSTOR’S Open Community Collections celebrates a new milestone: 200 collections.

Researchers across the world have taken to the collections; as of the first week of October, users at 4,570 institutions from 192 countries had viewed or downloaded 181,000 items.

The collections feature freely accessible primary source materials contributed by libraries, museums, and archives in a wide variety of subjects. While the number of collections is quickly growing,… Read more»

October 6, 2020

Free access to digital collections through new Jisc and JSTOR collaboration

Well-known education platform brings together digital content from across UK institutions for researchers, teaching staff and students

Not-for-profit ITHAKA, JSTOR’s parent organization, and the UK education and technology not-for-profit Jisc have agreed to a pioneering initiative that will allow institutions to make their digital special collections freely available to millions of researchers, faculties, and students around the globe.

The partnership gives UK higher education institutions the opportunity to add their digitized content to JSTOR’s Open Community CollectionsRead more»

August 20, 2020

JSTOR DDA now available through GOBI

JSTOR’s Demand-Driven Acquisition program is now available through GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, helping libraries streamline their ebook acquisition workflows. GOBI’s multi-vendor DDA service prevents content gaps by cascading the DDA option to an available platform based on the library’s preferences. It provides trusted technical services, deduplication, and collection development support.

JSTOR’s ebook program offers 90,000 high-quality titles from scholarly publishers. Our unlimited-user, DRM-free access model and seamless integration with journals and primary sources provides an easy… Read more»

July 15, 2020

JSTOR offers $4 million fee relief for libraries and guarantees revenue for publishers; holds pricing flat through 2023

Dear colleagues,

As education institutions around the world continue to grapple with the momentous impact of COVID-19, libraries and publishers must cut budgets while continuing to support the needs of students, researchers, and their colleagues. We have talked with many of you about your needs, and we appreciate that JSTOR and Artstor are more important than ever to your communities.

When the pandemic forced institutions to stop residential learning abruptly last spring, we worked with our publishers to execute a… Read more»

June 30, 2020

GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO partners with Books at JSTOR on Demand-Driven Acquisition

New offering provides libraries more choice to acquire and manage DDA programs via preferred workflow solution

GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO is providing choice for libraries by extending its Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) services to include Books at JSTOR. This arrangement offers libraries more options to acquire and manage their DDA program via their preferred workflow solution.

JSTOR’s e-book program offers nearly 90,000 DRM-free, unlimited-access titles that are easy to discover and use alongside journals on its highly… Read more»

June 17, 2020

COVID-19 expanded access extended to 32,000 books

After seeing high usage and a positive response from end users, libraries, and the publishing community, JSTOR’s temporary free access to a set of 38,000 ebooks in response to the COVID-19 crisis is being extended past its original end date of June 30. Forty-eight publishers have generously agreed to continue offering free access to more than 32,000 titles to participating academic institutions and secondary schools through August 31, 2020.… Read more»

May 27, 2020

Expanded Access to JSTOR archive extended through 2020: a letter from Kevin Guthrie

Dear colleagues,

On March 18th, working in collaboration with JSTOR’s publishing partners, we announced a set of expanded access offerings to support libraries, faculty, and students making the emergency shift to remote instruction and research. In the nine weeks since launching the program, there have been more than 10 million accesses to that content. We are inspired by the impact of the initiative and are motivated by the many messages of support we have received from publishers, librarians, and… Read more»

April 9, 2020

Transition in JSTOR leadership: a letter from Laura Brown

Dear friends and colleagues,

I’m writing to share some personal news with you, and all of JSTOR’s participating libraries and publishers. I’ve made the decision to retire from my role as Managing Director of JSTOR and will be stepping into a new part-time role as Senior Advisor for ITHAKA this month.

I have had a wonderful career in publishing, and over the past 40 years have been fortunate to help lead two great organizations – Oxford University Press USA and… Read more»

January 7, 2020

JSTOR’S Lives of Literature at MLA

A letter from one of our editors

Good news: Just in time for our participation in the Modern Language Association conference, we’re making Lives of Literature free through January and February to all! You can browse, read, and download articles from all 69 journals currently available in the collection.

We’re looking forward to the conference — we’ve been loving this interview by Simon Gakandi, president of the Modern Language Association, about this year’s  theme, Being… Read more»

December 20, 2019

The impact of Open Access Latin American scholarship

In 2018, JSTOR received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the digitization of 680 out-of-print titles from El Colegio de México Press and the dissemination of those titles on an openly accessible basis.

In a new white paper, we document the significance of this work, the process used to select and digitize titles, and what we’ve learned about the usage of this collection. We hope this will benefit other initiatives interested in increasing access… Read more»

October 22, 2019

Open Access pilot for Latin American monographs

LARRP, CLACSO, JSTOR, and García Cambeiro launch pilot

A partnership led by the Latin American Research Resources Project (LARRP) in collaboration with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), JSTOR, and Latin American bookseller García Cambeiro is working toward introducing a sustainable Open Access model for monographs to be developed and supported by the library community. This project is funded by the following LARRP member libraries: NYU, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, Harvard University, Princeton University, the… Read more»

October 16, 2019

Center for Research Libraries and JSTOR partner to make South Asian historical materials openly available online

JSTOR and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) are pleased to announce that collections from the South Asia Open Archives are now openly available on JSTOR, at saoa.crl.edu.

The South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) is a rich and growing collection of historical and contemporary sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences from and about South Asia. SAOA has been made possible through a collaborative grassroots initiative of US research libraries and partners from South Asia and has grown… Read more»

September 25, 2019

JSTOR and ITHAKA at Charleston Conference

The banner for this year’s Charleston Library Conference schedule features an illustration of Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” with the quote “The time has come to talk of many things” — and indeed, for ITHAKA it has. Representatives of JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R are taking part in approximately a dozen presentations and panels on collections, innovations, ethics, and more; a full list is below. We also invite you to visit us at table… Read more»

September 18, 2019

Brigitte Weinsteiger joins JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group

Brigitte Weinsteiger, associate university librarian for collections at the University of Pennsylvania, has joined JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group. The group is composed of leading librarians from around the globe and provides JSTOR with guidance on strategic questions and decisions.

As associate university librarian for collections, Brigitte Weinsteiger leads the Collections, Preservation, Acquisitions, Access, and Licensing, and Academic Engagement and Community Outreach departments of the Penn Libraries. Brigitte also represents Penn on various committees and councils, including the Ivy Plus… Read more»

August 27, 2019

Rebecca Seger joins ITHAKA as VP of Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships

Rebecca Seger joins ITHAKA as Vice President, Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships beginning September 30.

Rebecca steps into the position previously held by Bruce Heterick, who has taken on a new role as SVP, Open Collections & Infrastructure. Rebecca will lead global library outreach for JSTOR, Artstor, and Portico, and will work to expand access and deliver high-quality products that meet the needs of our constituents.

Rebecca is well known in the community, with more than three decades of… Read more»