Dear colleague

The move towards open access publishing continues to accelerate at pace. Jisc Collections would like to hear your views on a proposed cooperation withReveal Digital on their Independent Voices innovative crowdfunding initiative. We’re hosting a webinar which will give you an opportunity to find out more about the model, how it works and how you can contribute. Details of the webinar are below:

1 December 2016 – 3.30pm (GMT)
Register here:

What is Independent Voices?

Reveal Digital would like to invite UK Higher Education institutions to contribute to Independent Voices.   Independent Voices is a collection of North American alternative press periodicals published during the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s and includes complete runs of over 1,000 titles and 750,000 pages. Content has been contributed by dozens of institutions, including major contributions from:  Duke University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, University at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Connecticut.

Money pledged by libraries is used to clear rights, digitise and host humanities collections aggregated from many institutions. Independent Voices is hosted on the Reveal Digital platform, which provides controlled access to funding libraries until the collection moves to open access in 2019. Prior to this date, access to the complete collection is limited to funding libraries.

What’s in it for us?
This is an opportunity to participate in a sustainable open access initiative similar to Open Library of the Humanities, Knowledge Unlatched and SCOAP3.

UK contributing libraries will have the opportunity to expand the scope of Independent Voices. Half of the amount pledged will go towards the digitisation of UK alternative press content for inclusion in Independent Voices and UK pledging libraries will be able to set the content priorities.

For more information, please contact me.

Paola Marchionni, Head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research
Tel: 020300 66064