Monthly Archives: October 2015

#ProQuestGate

Another response to ProQuest’s decision that gives a vital persective on our discussion in last week’s session about the commercial context of digital resources.

rachel ellen clark

Today the Renaissance Society of America announced that ProQuest has canceled the EEBO subscription for RSA members, effective October 31. Here is the full text of the email:

Dear RSA members,

The RSA Executive Committee regrets to announce that ProQuest has canceled our subscription to the Early English Books Online database (EEBO). The basis for the cancellation is that our members make such heavy use of the subscription, this is reducing ProQuest’s potential revenue from library-based subscriptions. We are the only scholarly society that has a subscription to EEBO, and ProQuest is not willing to add more society-based subscriptions or to continue the RSA subscription. We hoped that our special arrangement, which lasted two years, would open the door to making more such arrangements possible, to serve the needs of students and scholars. But ProQuest has decided for the moment not to include any learned societies as subscribers. Our subscription…

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ProQuest Cancels RSA’s EEBO Access

In last week’s session, while we were examining what happens ‘behind the interface’ of digital projects and databases, we also started considered the effects of commerce and funding. Just this week, the effect of commercial priorities has been strikingly demonstrated by ProQuest, the publisher behind Early English Books Online. If you’re on twitter, see #Proquestgate.

Early Modern Online Bibliography

Proquest has canceled EEBO access for members of the Renaissance Society of America starting 1 November 2015.  The announcement can be seen on the “Members Benefits” page of the RSA.

This is a deep disappointment for those of us whose libraries do not and cannot subscribe to EEBO.  If ProQuest never intended to offer continuing access, it would have been helpful if they had announced that from the beginning so that members could plan accordingly.  A longer grace period before the announced cancellation would be considerate, especially since the agreement was presented as lasting.

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Welcome to the module 2015!

Lego_BrickHello to EN6058 Digital Literary Studies. This is the space – aside from submitting assignments on Minerva – where you’ll be interacting with this module. As you can see, there are pages detailing the overall schedule for the module, bibliographies, and assignments. There is drop-down list with worksheets for each section or text of the module: these are being updated as we go along, so keep an eye on those.  I’ll be asking you to create an account with WordPress: Why? I’ll explain more in the first seminar! But if you want to get started before then, this is very straightforward. When you land on the WordPress.com site it seems as though it is asking you to create a blogsite name – just ignore that and click through – the next page will have (in small blue font) “just sign up for a username”.

The other way to interact with the module is to use Twitter. As gregg_sh I’m frequently tweeting things related to digital humanities, e-reading, the eighteenth-century, and books. But so you don’t have to follow me or all my tweeting, I’ll be using a hashtag for topics especially close to the module: just search for the hashtag #en6058. In the sidebar of the module blogsite (below, if you’re reading this on a mobile device) there are numerous links: to blogs (‘Blogroll’), Resources and databases, and digital tools (‘Tools’). In this module we will be constantly moving between printed texts and digital resources – this is where a blogsite like this works best, because you’ll find that it facilitates this movement much more naturally. Finally – have fun (and I hope the significance of a lego brick will eventually become clear)! “Lego Brick”. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lego_Brick.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lego_Brick.jpg