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  1. Digitising Special Collections @ Queen’s- the JSTOR Project • Preservation • Teaching • Research

  2. The usual challenges • Rare material • Fragility • Range of titles • Cataloguing/metadata • Poor quality of text • Finance

  3. The core resource • Irish Studies Collection in JSTOR • Digital Library of core e-resources on Ireland • Journals - full-text, interdisciplinary • Monographs - full-text, interdisciplinary • Manuscript images – music, travel writing

  4. Library Imperatives • Preservation • Access – enhanced, wider and remote • Collaboration • Integration of related materials elsewhere • Exploiting IT Insert image

  5. Scholarly Imperatives • Access to rare resources • Resource discovery • New, complex searching • Serendipity • Collaboration • Enhanced research potential Insert image


  6. Project Background Initial plans included • Creating an index • Digitisation of Hayes bibliographies Manuscript sources for the history of Irish civilisation and Sources for the history of Irish civilisation: articles in Irish periodicals Hayes presented some problems – limited range of titles, complex structure, outdated, quality of print • Improved technology and user expectations – full-text archive now necessary

  7. Audience Analysis • Consultation patterns • Statistical evidence • Academic recommendation • International researchers

  8. Content Selection - JSTOR • JSTOR selection criteria • Peer reviewed and others by academic recommendation • Licence agreements signed

  9. Pressure Points Delays – licence preparation Delays – licence signing Delays - staffing Review

  10. Collaboration model

  11. JSTOR Project challenges • In excess of 600,000 pages to be digitised • High image quality required - post-printing annotations removed • Detailed indexing & metadata requirements e.g. Journals require issue, article, editorial, book reviews, notices and announcements to be tagged, plus details relating to front and back matter

  12. Digitisation Challenges • Quantity of research material available and research range in Humanities • Future proofing (scan once) to create archival & working sets • Old & rare materials, variable physical condition • Faithful replica of originals – JSTOR strength

  13. Reliable, Successful, Sustainable • Diaspora of Irish Studies • Good business model with JSTOR • Sustainable technical solution in place with JSTOR • Significant body of material continuously updated • Content chosen by academics

  14. The future • Linking Queen’s Digital Collections and other e-resources • Ireland Collection is infinitely extensible, Ireland Collection 2? • Advancement of an Irish Studies research agenda through international collaborations, providing access to research resources and resource discovery tools • Only our imaginations limit the possibilities for future development – collaboration is our strength

  15. Projects – a few considerations • IPR • Administration • Staffing • Content • Finance • Experience • Flexibility • Synergy • TRUST

  16. Ireland Collection in JSTOR JSTOR Ireland Collection • Developed in collaboration with Queen's University Belfast • Interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials • 75 journal titles, with previous titles included Includes • Journals with moving walls between 1 and 5 years • Ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries • Over 200 monographs • 2,500 manuscript pages

  17. Contact details for further information: Deirdre Wildy Head of Special Collections & Archives Queen’s University Belfast Emaild.wildy@qub.ac.uk Tel 00 44 - 28 9097 6218