is a four-year project, 2013-2016, to digitize and make widely available
through open access over 1 million pages of alternative press material
sourced from the special collections of participating libraries.
Over the next four years, 2013-2016, Reveal Digital will release a
series of digital collections of the alternative press that are
complete runs of newspapers, magazines and journals drawn from the
special collections of participating libraries (collectively, the
“Collection”). These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident
GIs, campus radicals and the New Left, Native Americans, anti-war
activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBTs, anarchists, the
extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines. When
completed, the Collection will represent the largest digital collection
of alternative press titles, with complete runs of over 1,000 titles and
The Collection is offered under a unique cost recovery/open access
acquisition model that results in prices that are 20% of what a library
would expect to pay for more traditionally published products, while
guaranteeing that the material will eventually become open access.
Permissions are obtained from copyright holders that allow their
material to be included in the Collection for both controlled and open
access. These permissions also extend to the source libraries and their
rights to host and display the material. Reveal will provide access
through its platform with long-term access and archiving provided by a
trusted third-party. Contributing libraries will have a voice in future
collection development areas for Reveal and their special collection
holdings will have a priority as sources of material for digitization.
January through June, 2013, LYRASIS, as the administrative agent for
this initiative, will be collecting expressions of support for
Independent Voices. Submissions forms and more detailed information on
the program are linked below. Support from libraries is requested as
follows, either in 4 equal payments in 2013-2016, or one lump sum.
Bachelors, 2 yr. colleges, and smaller public libraries: $1,283 annually for 4 years, or a one-time payment of $5,130
Masters: $1,693 annually for 4 years, or a one-time payment of $6,770
Other Doctorate: $2,563 annually for 4 years, or a one-time payment of $10,250
ARLs and large public libraries: $5,125 annually for 4 years, or a one-time payment of $20,500
Independent Voices Prospectus (detailed description of project)
Reveal Digital web site
Expression of Interest Form (Word document)
Expression of Interest Form (online submission)
Contact Support for additional information.
Reveal Digital Looks to Digitize Special Collections