American Athena will be a new kind of book – one that exists in a dynamic and living space, responsive to readers and as instructive in design as it is in content. This new kind of book acknowledges the reader as an active participant in producing new knowledge.
In order to enhance digital access to our archival collections, Illinois College is a member of the Council of Independent College’s Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. This allows Illinois College to partner with Artstor and the Artstor Digital Library to utilize SharedShelf, “a cloud-based asset management service that enables faculty and staff members across many disciplines and departments to organize and access documents, video collections, audio collections, and digital images.”
Beginning in 2015, members of the Schewe Library staff will continuously work with faculty to develop on-line collections for teaching and research. The first collection to featured emphasizes women’s history in Jacksonville and will include key documents related to the Jacksonville Female Academy, Sorosis – a women’s literary society, the Ladies’ Education Association, and Cornelia, an unpublished novel by the college’s first president, Edward Beecher (brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe). You can access the project through the Schewe Library website by clicking on the link to Shared Shelf.
We extend a big thanks to the CIC and the Consortium for welcoming IC and providing the support we need to take this important step into managing our digital collections. A press release describing the Consortium is available here. To read more about the Consortium in greater detail, visit the CIC website.