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September 19, 2018

JSTOR makes its Research Basics course easier to access

JSTOR has made its popular Research Basics course easier and simpler to access. Research Basics, a free and open online course designed to help early college and college-bound students learn academic research skills, was originally available as a Moodle course that required registration; it has now been moved to the LibGuides platform and the registration requirement removed.

Research Basics is not specific to JSTOR, but covers a range of key research skills broadly applicable to academic research.… Read more»

July 23, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of partnership between Jisc and JSTOR

Forty academic, library, and publishing leaders from across the UK and U.S. gathered at Pembroke College on July 3, 2018 to commemorate a two-decades-long relationship between Jisc and JSTOR, two organizations jointly committed to using technology to advance research and education.

JSTOR is well-known to Pembroke faculty and students as a high-quality digital resource, while Jisc provides many technology-related services to Oxford and across the UK higher education sector, including the Janet network and digital content.

In 1998, JSTOR… Read more»

March 27, 2018

EDUCAUSE on JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries’ TopicGraph

This week, EDUCAUSE Review explores the collaboration between JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries on the Reimagining the Monograph project, which resulted in the speedy creation of the TopicGraph prototype tool.

EDUCAUSE liked what it saw, writing that the two organizations “hit on a new approach to doing fun, engaging, fast-paced discovery by pulling together the best of design thinking, agile/lean startup processes, and commercial/academic partnership benefits.” The article goes on to describe the new tool,… Read more»

March 21, 2018

Changing the way we talk about metadata

You’ve probably heard that metadata is “data about data.” But that definition grates on Jabin White, ITHAKA’s vice president of content management. While correct, he says that explanation often calls for another.

White instead compares metadata to “an instruction manual for users of content.” He elucidates this concept in a recent article on Metadata 2020, where he also describes the evolution of JSTOR’s metadata strategy.… Read more»

March 9, 2018

197 Turkish institutions join JSTOR

JSTOR and the Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBIM EKUAL) have announced a historic 3-year national agreement. In this arrangement, JSTOR will provide full access to 2,500+ journals and 2,100+ research reports on the JSTOR platform to 197 Turkish higher education and research institutions.

JSTOR collaborates with the academic community to help libraries provide students and faculty with access to vital scholarship. “Our mission to provide broad access to JSTOR is a collaborative effort,” said Laura Brown, JSTOR… Read more»

February 2, 2018

#ColorOurCollections

As we did last year, JSTOR and Artstor are participating in #ColorOurCollections, an online event hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Using materials from their archives, institutions share free coloring content and invite followers to get creative from February 5 to 9.

This year we’ve created two coloring books with openly available images from the Artstor Digital Library and the JSTOR archive that will be available at <aRead more»

January 26, 2018

Louise Jones joins JSTOR’s Library Advisory Group

Louise Jones, university librarian at Chinese University of Hong Kong, 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.

Ms. Jones became university librarian at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013. While there, she has led the development of digital services and technology-rich spaces and openedRead more»

November 6, 2017

Introducing JSTOR Forum: A new tool for managing and distributing collections

JSTOR and Artstor have long worked with cultural and educational institutions to make digital content more discoverable. Today we are pleased to announce JSTOR Forum—the next generation of our Shared Shelf tool—that will help libraries, museums, and individuals unlock the value of their digital collections and projects by making them more visible and usable than ever before.

Libraries and museums can use JSTOR Forum to upload and manage image and text content, which can be published using a variety of… Read more»

October 31, 2017

JSTOR’s ebook program wins Readers’ Choice Award from The Charleston Advisor

Books at JSTOR was named 2017’s “Most Improved Product” in The Charleston Advisor’s sixteenth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Voters praised the program’s greater breadth of content, DRM-free access model, and Open Access ebook offering.

The Charleston Advisor publishes peer-reviewed appraisals of online resources for libraries, and the Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the best–and in the case of the Lemon/Vaporware Award, the worst–digital services for academia. Other winners this year included Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Best Content) and SAGE Publishing… Read more»

October 18, 2017

Recording now available for “The JSTOR thesaurus: improving discovery on the platform”

Have you heard about the JSTOR thesaurus? Launched in 2013, the thesaurus comprises several source thesauri and controlled vocabularies and is being integrated with the JSTOR platform to improve searching and evaluation of content. In early October, Sharon Garewal, Senior Metadata Librarian, conducted a 30-minute introductory webinar to JSTOR’s subject thesaurus and how we’re using it to improve discovery for researchers.

If you missed the live webinar, you can now watch the recording and get the handouts from the… Read more»