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Delivering important historical primary sources to UK higher education institutions continues into 2018

CAMBRIDGE, UK, November 20, 2017 – ProQuest is adding 24 primary sources to its offering through the Jisc Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot, following the successful adoption of its databases by 20 universities during the initial period earlier this year. The Jisc program’s goal is to lower customer cost, leveraging the collective purchasing power of UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to enable wider adoption of digital archives. The program will now run through July 2018.

This extension of the Pilot provides an efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections. Resources have been selected to meet the research and teaching needs of the UK HEI community – including librarians, faculty, and students.

“We’re pleased that the Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot has been extended,” said Karen Colbron, digital content manager at Jisc. “We’ve had some great feedback from Institutions, who welcomed the transparency of pricing and the use of the Jisc model license in phase one. The expanded timeframe and titles on offer in phase two of the group purchasing pilot presents an exciting opportunity for institutions to strategically plan purchasing of digital archival collections throughout the academic year.”

ProQuest resources available to institutions through Jisc also include databases from Alexander Street and are grouped into five core research themes: British History, International Relations, Fashion and Design, Literature & Arts and Early Modern History.

ProQuest® databases were specifically selected for inclusion in the Pilot based on in-depth curriculum analyses conducted for the UK HEI community, as well as on the thematic areas that Jisc members have already invested in from ProQuest. Resources available in the extension Pilot program include:

  • British History: British Periodicals, I, II; 21C House of Commons Parliamentary Papers; House of Lords Parliamentary Papers; Documents on British Policy Overseas; Cecil Papers; Colonial State Papers
  • International Relations: The Annual Register®; News, Policy and Politics Magazine Archive, featuring Newsweek®; Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of First World War; History Vault®: First World War: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War 1 Era; History Vault: World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees; History Vault: Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy,1960-1975; Human Rights Studies Online; Border and Migration Studies.
  • Fashion and Design: Women’s Magazine Archive Collection 1 (featuring Good Housekeeping®, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal®, Redbook®, Parents®, Chatelaine®; Country Life Archive; Fashion Studies Online: The Video Fashion Library; Art and Architecture Archive.
  • Arts and Literature: Historic Literary Criticism; Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive Collections 1 and 2; Underground and Independent Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels: Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Early Modern Period: Early European Books Collections 5 through10.

“The success of the initial pilot shows how important access to primary source resources are to the UK higher education community,” said Susan Bokern, ProQuest Vice President, Product Management. “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Jisc on this innovative approach to reducing costs and increasing access to key digital archives used in research, teaching and learning.”

For more information phase one of the pilot, and to see the full list of publishers participating in phase two, visit: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/digital-archival-collections-group-purchasing-pilot

About Jisc (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/)

Jisc is the UK’s expert member organisation for digital technology and digital resources in higher education, further education, skills and research. Our vision is to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.

We play a pivotal role in the development, adoption and use of technology by UK universities and colleges, supporting them to improve learning, teaching, the student experience and institutional efficiency, as well as enabling more powerful research.

At the heart of Jisc’s support is Janet – the UK’s world-class National Research and Education Network (NREN). Owned, managed and operated by Jisc, Janet comprises a secure, state-of-the-art network infrastructure spanning all four nations of the UK.

About ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com)

ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

20 November 2017


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