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On this snowy day here in Ann Arbor, we’re reading Jennifer Howard’s latest in the Chronicle of Higher Education: Analog or digital, no work will have much influence if it doesn’t stick around to be cited or argued with. The technological advances that make digital-humanities work possible also put it at risk of obsolescence, as software and hardware decay or become outmoded. Somebody—or a team of somebodies, often based in academic libraries or digital-scholarship centers—has…

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The Benz

Claire Tatro is an intern this summer with the Copyright Office here at Michigan Publishing. Claire is a student at the University of Michigan School of Information (M.A. 2014). This is her final blog about books in the public domain from HathiTrust. Early versions of cars have helped shape the lifestyle and world we know today.  Light Motor Cars and Voiturettes written by John Henry Knight in 1902 depicts the early twentieth century equivalent of…

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  Claire Tatro is an intern this summer with the Copyright Office here at Michigan Publishing. Claire is a student at the University of Michigan School of Information (M.A. 2014). She is working on a series of highlights about books in the public domain in HathiTrust. The Danvers Jewels, a mystery novel written in 1898 by Mary Cholmondeley, is a riveting tale of murders and theft surrounding the Danvers jewels. The author, Miss Cholmondeley, lived a…

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NB: This post has been edited to include additional material. The American Historical Association recently announced a “Statement on Policies Regarding the Embargoing of Completed History PhD Dissertations.” The policy “strongly encourages [but does not require] graduate programs and university libraries to adopt a policy that allows the embargoing of completed history PhD dissertations in digital form for as many as six years.” In a follow-up post, the AHA clarified that embargoes “primarily benefit junior…

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The Schools in Wartime; London, H.M. Stationery off., 1941; 26 p. illus. 22 1/2cm (http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015030531597) Envision a school day disrupted by bombing alerts, children sent away to the country, and tension at home from the war.  All these conditions made it difficult for British children to have a solid education during World War II.  This book entitled The Schools in Wartime presents a series of short vignettes illustrating how the Board of Education adapted British…

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Punch-and-Judy-Cover

Claire Tatro is an intern this summer with the Copyright Office here at Michigan Publishing. Claire is a student at the University of Michigan School of Information (M.A. 2014). She is working on a series of highlights about books in the public domain in HathiTrust. Punch and Judy, with twenty-four illustrations designed and engraved by George Cruikshank. And other plates accompanied by the dialogue of the puppet-show, and account of its origin, and of puppet…

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Claire Tatro is an intern this summer with the Copyright Office here at Michigan Publishing. Claire is a student at the University of Michigan School of Information (M.A. 2014). She is working on a series of highlights about books in the public domain in HathiTrust. My Strange Pets (1905) If you leave your vent open in the winter, your monkeys will freeze.  This was a hard lesson learned by Mr. Richard Bell while caring for tropical…

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Claire Tatro is an intern this summer with the Copyright Office here at Michigan Publishing. Claire is a student at the University of Michigan School of Information (M.A. 2014). She is working on a series of highlights about books in the public domain in HathiTrust with her mentor, Kristina Eden from the Copyright Office. This is Claire’s first post. Ethel St. Clair Grimwood (a pseudonym for Ethel Brabazon Grimwood) was the wife of a political…

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Mark McCabe, a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Information, and Christopher Snyder, a faculty member in Economics at Dartmouth College, have published a new study of the impact of open access on citation rates for science journal content. McCabe and Snyder found that open access increases citation rates for high-quality content, while reducing citations to lower-quality content. In their paper, “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer: The Effect…

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Here at MPublishing we’re paying close attention to the news coming out of Columbia, MO regarding the University of Missouri and its newly “reimagined” university press. If you’d like to learn more about this emerging story, MU’s initial press release is available here. According to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton: This new 21st century press will enable the University of Missouri to be an innovator and nationwide leader in university publishing at a time when traditional academic…

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