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March 2, 2017
Academic Libraries Contribute $1.794M to Fund Open Access Collection
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the libraries at University of Oregon and Oregon State University made contributions that completed a four-year fundraising effort spearheaded by Reveal Digital to develop an open access collection of alternative press periodicals called Independent Voices.

February 8, 2017
New digital resource to reveal the hidden possibilities for library collections
“Researchers and librarians face a common concern: how can we ensure sustainable access to special collections to deliver better research?” Jisc Collections’s Paola Marchionni writes about Reveal Digital’s collaborative open access model and how it might be applied to libraries in the United Kingdom.

December 15, 2016
Independent Voices Newsletter December 2016
Discover who the 100th funding library is, learn about an important national Canadian publication for feminists called Branching Out, get a preview of our UK expansion plans and more valuable information in the December 2016 issue of the Independent Voices Newsletter.

December 9, 2016
Partner Spotlight Series: Michigan State University
Dr. Peter Berg, head of Special Collections at the Michigan State University Libraries, describes their Radicalism collection and MSU’s partnership with Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices open access project.

December 1, 2016
Independent Voices webinar hosted by Jisc
Watch this webinar hosted by the Jisc where we explain Reveal Digital’s approach to open access and discuss the Independent Voices project.  Thorne Dreyer from The Rag (Austin, TX) and Dr. Tessa Jordan from British Columbia are featured speakers.  They discuss the historical importance of the alternative press and how Independent Voices is impacting research on social movements of the 20th Century.

August 26, 2016
Statement about On Our Backs
The inclusion of On Our Backs in the Independent Voices digital collection has raised two concerns – one regarding controlling access to minors of sexually explicit material and the second on safeguarding the privacy of contributors to print publications, particularly as those publications are digitized and made accessible through the Internet.

August 3, 2016
Independent Voices Newsletter August 2016
The Independent Voices newsletter is back from its hiatus. You will find articles about the project’s funding status, Freedomways and other Black American Press content, inclusion in discovery services, usage statistics and more.

June 25, 2016
Reveal Digital Funders Meeting Summary
Librarians from Reveal Digital’s funding libraries meet at each ALA to receive a detailed status report on projects and to provide input on strategic decisions.  Much good news was shared with funders at the ALA Summer 2016 meeting. Funding picked up significantly in the first half of 2016, enabling Reveal Digital to resume digitization activities for Independent Voices. Several series within Independent Voices are now complete, while work on the other series is continuing at a steady speed.  With less than $400,000 remaining to be raised, funding for Independent Voices is nearly complete.  Many more details are included in the Meeting Summary.

May 9, 2016
The Rag Blog: Accessing History in the Digital AgeReveal Digital Funders Meeting _ Notes_June 2016 (Rev 1.0)
Those of us who came of age in the ’60s remember library research as a visit to “the stacks” or hours spent with spools of microfilm and cantankerous microfilm readers. The Internet has changed all that. Historical documents can now be accessed online through digital archives. The Rag is moving into the new era, thanks to collaboration between a company called Reveal Digital, two donor libraries and nearly 100 funding libraries.

October 1, 2015
Learned Publishing: Industry Update
Digitizing cultural heritage humanities content is currently being undertaken with institutional or government support but there are opportunities for greater collaboration. Using a crowdfunding model to support the creation of digitized collections empowers librarians but also challenges them to think like investors and publishers. The described model creates an open access collection for the benefit of all scholars and also provides additional benefits for the investing libraries.

August 31, 2015
Independent Voices Newsletter August 2015
There is a lot of good news to share in the August, 2015 issue of the Independent Voices newsletter. See articles about the new platform, the Berkeley Barb comes to Independent Voices, MARC record creation is underway, new projects that need your support and new project review panel being formed.

June 21, 2015
Independent Voices Newsletter June 2015
In this issue of the Independent Voices newsletter, you will learn that Literary Magazines (the “Littles”) are rich with innovation, creativity and spectacular graphic art. We also profile a newspaper title contributed by the University of Arkansas, which played an important role in improving the educational experience for African-Americans in the 1970s. The third article focuses on a prison story covered by the alternative press as an example of how alternative presses helped raise awareness of systemic injustices faced particularly by minorities at the time. Finally you will find information about Reveal Digital’s newly formed Executive Committee.

June 16, 2015
Reveal Digital Announces Formation of Executive Committee
Reveal Digital is pleased to announce formation of its six-member Executive Committee.  Members of the Executive Committee will serve two-year terms beginning June 2015.  These leaders will provide strategic guidance to ensure Reveal Digital’s activities and strategic decisions remain tightly aligned to the goals and needs of academic and research libraries and the communities they serve.

April 28, 2015
Independent Voices Newsletter April 2015
As more content flows into Independent Voices, the variety of scholarship areas the collection supports is expanding. Today, we highlight one such area, music and culture. In addition, you’ll find information about the opportunity for funding libraries to contribute content to Independent Voices and we announce the launch of our improved website.

February 17, 2015
 Independent Voices Newsletter February 2015
There are many exciting things happening with Independent Voices, so it is with great pleasure that we bring you this first report. Look for future updates at least every other month, with interim reports as needed.

February 3, 2015
Library Journal: Crowdfunding Access to Archives by Andrée J. Rathemacher
“We should work to develop additional opportunities for libraries to fund open access digitization projects collectively. We need more experiments in developing sustainable, alternative business models for making valuable historical primary sources, many of which are in the public domain, freely available to all. Librarians need to resist the enclosure of the cultural commons that is the inevitable outcome of the traditional publication model. This is especially important as new forms of scholarship emerge that require full access to digitized content.”

November 14, 2014
ATG Original: Reveal Digital Unveils a New Business Model for 21st Century Archives
At the ALA 2014 Annual Conference in June, digital publishing veteran Jeff Moyer announced a major expansion to their fledgling Reveal Digital business: A crowdfunding model for developing open access digital collections. A radical change from the existing models for producing and selling primary source materials, the enterprise appears to be finding a warm reception in the library world.

June 27, 2014
Reveal Digital Launches New Library Crowdfunding Site
Unique, collaborative business model moves forward with website where libraries prioritize and select viable digital projects; four new project concepts introduced.

June 3, 2014
Open Funding Call for Four New Projects
From the documentary history of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to the family records of a British provisioning plantation founded on the eastern tip of Long Island in 1652, REVEAL DIGITAL is pleased to announce four new projects open for library funding starting this July.

January 8, 2013
Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices launched
Drawn from the special collections of our partner libraries, Duke University and Northwestern University, we are delighted to launch the first Reveal Digital Collection – Independent Voices. This launch is a significant milestone in a four-year project to digitize the special collections of nearly 1,000 magazine, newsletters, newspapers and other archival material that has hitherto not been accessible to the wider research community.

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