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Partnering to Resurface At-Risk Works of the Small, Independent, Feminist Press Public Deposited

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  • In this presentation we share how and why OSU Libraries and Calyx Press, Inc. are partnering to digitize so called at risk works. An international non-profit feminist press, Calyx brought many now-prominent authors to international attention, including the poet Sharon Olds and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska. Supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, our partnership aims to preserve twenty-plus out of print Calyx titles and bring them into wider circulation as ebooks with a Creative Commons license. We share how a comparatively well-resourced public institution serves to amplify an important community non-profit by preserving its rich contributions to feminism and women’s movements over three decades. Our project aligns with similar efforts such as the digitization of the feminist magazine Spare Rib (1972-1993) by the British Library and JISC (a non-profit supporting digital technologies in research and education). Digitization of feminist publications has the potential to attract new and returning generations of readers and scholars interested in 20th- and 21st-century feminist writing. Ideally our digital collection will find new audiences and re-invigorate our long standing audience. Throughout, we have tussled with problematic questions of ownership, valuing the labor of creative workers, and digital rights. By sharing our experience, we align with our feminist foresisters who were “contributing to the movement through the very act of producing a magazine” (Forster, 2016, p. 28) and aim to contribute to today’s digital feminist movement.
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  • Nichols J, Jackson K. Partnering to Resurface At-Risk Works of the Small, Independent, Feminist Press. Poster presented at: The ALA Annual Conference; 2018 Jun 23; New Orleans, LA.
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  • New Orleans, LA, USA
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