One of the joys of working with scholarly communications and Open Access materials is seeing how our colleagues around the world have embraced the movement, and how their work can benefit our users. With the semester winding down, we certainly hope our readers will take a well-deserved break but some of you might already be thinking of next year’s classes.

The Harry Ransom Center has digitized and placed its collection online of materials documenting the lives of British author Radclyffe Hall and artist Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge. The 60,000 digitized items related to the life of these queer pioneers are accompanied by an educational resource created by writer and cartoonist Coyote Shook.

In other exciting news, The Association for Computing Machinery is providing free access to all the articles they published during their first 50 years of existence, from 1951–2000. Over 117,500 articles also include related materials such as “data sets, software, slides, audio recordings, and videos.”

The UC Santa Barbara Library is also digitizing part of its collection of rare 19th-century exhibition catalogs. This collection includes some catalogs which are unique and some which date back to the 16th century. They estimate the digital versions of these materials will be available to the public near the start of the 2022 fall semester.

Finally, for those of you who remember the gentle swaying of the screen as you advanced the microfiche reader (and for the rest of you as well), the Internet Archive has partnered with several Federal Depository Library Program libraries to provide digital access to over one million microfiche cards containing 70 million pages of material. These are government documents, mostly reports of government agencies from the 1970s onward and Congressional materials. At the time of this writing, over 20,000 texts were already available for public viewing in the Microfiche Collection. Open Access materials created by ISU faculty, staff, and students can also be seen in our institutional repository, ISU ReD. If you have questions about making your past or current projects Open Access would like to include your materials on ISU ReD, or have questions about any scholarly communications or related topics we hope you will contact Milner Library’s Scholarly Communication Team at

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