JSTOR’s Open Community Collections feature open access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives. The Weinberg Memorial Library recently agreed to be a Charter Participant in this pilot initiative and contribute materials from our digital collections. The University of Scranton now has its own portal on JSTOR with 19 collections and over 18,000 items. The portal facilitates browsing, sub-collection groupings, and searching within our publicly-available collections. To browse our institutional portal, visit jstor.org/site/scranton/.
Charter Participants will help JSTOR identify and develop new community services for primary source research and scholarship. Our participation in this initiative is made possible through our partnership with PA Digital and PALCI.
By sharing on JSTOR, our collections will reach millions of researchers around the world and be discovered alongside journal articles, ebooks, primary sources, and images from Artstor. The University of Scranton’s collections will also benefit from the features of the JSTOR platform and interface, including full-text search, citation management tools, content download and sharing, as well as innovative research tools such as Text Analyzer and Workspace.
Throughout the pilot period, ending in December 2021, we will share feedback with JSTOR to help them develop new tools and features to enhance usage and aid discovery of primary source materials. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to Digital Services Librarian Colleen Farry at firstname.lastname@example.org.