JSTOR Library Digest – Winter 2017
JSTOR by the numbers: more content for libraries in 2016
Our “moving wall” advances in 2017, adding another year of archival journal content to the JSTOR platform.
In 2016 alone, we added 91 journals and 435,000+ articles, representing 3.2 million pages and 797 linear feet of shelf space savings. Our ebooks program, Books at JSTOR, expanded with the addition of 10,000+ ebooks and 41 new publishers.
To date, the ever-growing JSTOR digital library contains more than 45,000 ebooks, 2,400+ journals, and 10.9 million articles (representing 70 million pages and 17,000 linear feet of shelf space savings).
Platform updates: new topic pages, faceted search results, and easier off-campus access
We’ve recently released several features on the platform. And remember, you can always find updated educational materials on the JSTOR LibGuides site.
- Topic pages: Topic pages (such as Storytelling) provide background and context for the many subjects covered in on JSTOR. They may be accessed via the hyperlinked subject terms that now appear on journal article and book chapter pages. The topics are a subset of a new 45,000-term thesaurus, built from 17+ source vocabularies, that is now integrated with the JSTOR platform. In addition to displaying relevant content, topic pages include a brief description of the topic pulled in from Wikipedia. Each topic has rating options—tell us what you think!
- Faceted search results: We’ve also added facets for filtering search results, including subject terms, content types, and access options.
- Browser pairing for easier off-campus access: You won’t have to log in to JSTOR if you access it from campus and revisit off-campus using the same browser within 30 days. Less time logging in means more time researching!
We’d love to hear what you think! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Can we build a better ebook? Reimagining the digital monograph
In late 2016, the JSTOR Labs team collaborated with librarians, scholars, and publishers to explore the challenge of improving discovery and user experience of digital monographs. Informed by these ideas, the team created Topicgraph, a prototype visualization tool for a set of open access monographs.
Additionally, a draft of the white paper from the collaboration “Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers” is open for comment until January 31, 2017. We invite you to share this with your colleagues and faculty and follow the discussion on Scholarly Kitchen.
Want to improve Wikipedia? JSTOR has a LibGuide for that
From January 15 to February 3, Wikipedia is encouraging librarians to add reliable references to articles with its #1Lib1Ref campaign. JSTOR is here to help! We’ve created a new 1Lib1Ref LibGuide with easy instructions on how to Find, Evaluate, and Link to citations.
JSTOR is involved in making Wikipedia a more reliable resource for researchers and the public at large. Since 2012, we have provided Wikipedia editors with free access to the JSTOR archival collections. And as mentioned above, we’re also using Wikipedia in our new topic pages to provide context to JSTOR users who are new to an area of study and to give more experienced researchers another way to discover content.
Visit us at ALA Midwinter
Come by booth 1246 to chat with our team and learn about JSTOR’s new collections, our growing list of JSTOR Books, and the latest projects from JSTOR Labs.
And stop next door at booth 1250 to hear about the recent alliance between JSTOR and Artstor, and the resulting opportunities available for your library.
To request product demos or one-on-one meetings, please contact us and your JSTOR outreach representative will be in touch.
Changes to JSTOR Terms & Conditions
- New sections, 3.3 and 4.4, have been added to define use of Open Access content on JSTOR
- Section 10.2(b) has been updated to state that the JSTOR platform is now accessible in accordance with W3C WAI WCAG 2.0 Level AA standard (the previous terms reflected W3C WAI WCAG 2.0 Level A standards).