Community Content e-content Funding Independent Voices

Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is now available to UK Higher Education institutions

You may be interested to know that Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is now available to UK Higher Education institutions for pledging via the Jisc Collections catalogue at The pledging period runs until 31 July 2017.

Reveal Digital have developed a digital collection made up of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals from the latter half of the 20th century, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBTs, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines. As such, the Independent Voices collection will support research and teaching in the arts and humanities and especially American studies, Women’s and gender studies, English literature and contemporary poetry.

Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is a ground breaking initiative based on a library crowdfunding model that enables open access publishing of digitised collections once costs are recovered. Pledging libraries have exclusive access to the content until January 2019, at which time the entire collection will be made open access.

Jisc has negotiated particularly favourable pledging fees for UK institutions to enable as many institutions as possible to partake in this initiative and access the collections. In addition, half of the amount contributed by UK pledging libraries will go towards digitisation of UK material to be added to Independent Voices.

The recording of a webinar with more information about the Independent Voices collection and its cost recovery-open access model is available at

By Peter Findlay

Subject Matter Expert, Digital Scholarship, Content and Discovery, Jisc

Working with Jisc's Higher Education members to improve access to to their special collections in the age of data-centric arts, humanities and social science research.

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