The library continues to focus on expanding its user-focused print and electronic collection, combining demand- and evidence-based acquisition models and drawing on the evaluations, insight, and recommendations of librarians, faculty, and students. Notable additions to our e-book collection included offerings from important publishers such as Cambridge, Springer, Oxford, Taylor and Francis, and Elsevier/Science Direct, while the library reaffirmed its commitment to Open Access by continuing to support initiatives like Knowledge Unlatched.
Among the large electronic resource acquisitions this year, the library prioritized collections that emphasized the ideals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and providing access to marginalized or underrepresented perspectives. These included:
Gale American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Papers, 1912-1990: This electronic primary source collection contains over 2 million pages, providing a unique perspective of the workings of the ACLU from before its founding through the tail end of the 20th century. Covering important topics from race and identity to gender rights, worker’s rights, and popular protest, this resource provides valuable insight into the history of issues still facing us today.
American Indian Newspapers: Over one million articles from 45 Indigenous periodicals are included in this digital collection, spanning from 1828 to 2016 (majority from 1970 and beyond). From community and school papers to national periodicals, these sources cover a variety of topics from land rights and environmentalism to tribal law, activism, and the American Indian Movement.
Gale Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part 2: This electronic collection adds over one million additional pages of primary source material to the study of LGBTQ history, culture, and activism since 1940. From periodicals of record to newsletters, government records, organizational papers, ephemera and more, students and researchers have a wealth of information to develop understanding of the evolution of LGBTQ communities and draw connections to current issues.
Additionally, the library continued to develop its streaming video options with the acquisition of the Independent World Cinema: Classic and Contemporary Film collection, featuring over 400 films from important independent film distributors like Film Movement, Milestone Films, Oscilloscope and Zeitgeist.