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An occasional newsletter from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.


  • Scott Carlson, “Academic Libraries Led Universities Into the Socially Distant Era. Now They’re Planning for What’s Next,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 27, 2021,

    • “over the past year, academic libraries across the country helped lead their institutions into the socially distant era — in part because libraries had already spent decades figuring out how to offer online services and get information to people who rarely came into the building. In that time, campus librarians have also grappled with the symbolism and role of the campus library, a structure usually situated in a prominent place on campus. [...] The library that emerges from Covid-19 is likely to value its digital resources and services even more than it does now, according to library directors and scholars of the field.”

Public Engagement & Accessibility in Publishing

  • Catherine Cocks, Elizabeth Demers, Jon Miller, Tony Sanfilippo, “University Presses as Partners for Public Engagement,” Humanities for All, April 20, 2021,

    • “For as long as there have been university presses, we’ve published works that document, extend, and preserve museum exhibits, oral histories, and community arts projects, as well as academic research and journalistic investigations on topics critical to civic and political well-being…. Here are a few compelling examples, first shared during the 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference, of the ways that five midwestern university presses have served diverse local communities by publishing publicly engaged humanities work and how they look forward to continuing to do so in the future.”

  • Jaipreet Virdi (@jaivirdi), Twitter thread, April 28, 2021, 9:48am,

    • Virdi highlights the “Note on Access” in Susan Burch’s Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and Beyond Institutions, recently published by UNC Press, as a “model of how we can cultivate more accessible histories and accessible futures.”

Digital Resources

  • Brewster Kahle, “Internet Archive Launches New Pilot Program for Interlibrary Loan,” April 27, 2021, Internet Archive Blogs,

    • “Internet Archive is now making two million monographs and three thousand periodicals in its physical collections available for non-returnable fulfillment through a pilot program with RapidILL, a prominent ILL coordination service. To date, more than seventy libraries have added the Internet Archive to their reciprocal lending list, and Internet Archive staff are responding to, on average, twenty ILL requests a day.”

  • "Search Scholarly Materials Preserved in the Internet Archive," March 9, 2021, Internet Archive Blogs, (h/t H-HistBibl)

    • “IA Scholar is a simple, access-oriented interface to content identified across several Internet Archive collections, including web archives, files, and digitized print materials. The full text of articles is searchable for users that are hunting for particular phrases or keywords. This complements our existing full-text search index of millions of digitized books and other documents on The service builds on Fatcat, an open catalog we have developed to identify at-risk and web-published open scholarly outputs that can benefit from long-term preservation, additional metadata, and perpetual access. Fatcat includes resources that may be useful to librarians and archivists, such as bulk metadata dumps, a read/write API, command-line tool, and file-level archival metadata.”

  • OpenMethods Spotlights,, a DARIAH initiative (h/t H-HistBibl)
    • “A core aim of OpenMethods is to [...] giv[e] greater recognition to tool-makers in Digital Humanities and strengthening the scholarly discussion around them. OpenMethods Spotlights are longer posts on the metablog that showcase people and epistemic reflections behind Digital Humanities tools and methods. You can find here brief interviews with the creator(s) of the blogs or tools that are highlighted on OpenMethods to humanize and contextualize them.”

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