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EBSCO and ATLA Create Digital Archives for Purchase

EBSCO Publishing ( announced that it has partnered with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA; to create digital archive collections of historical monographs and serials for purchase by libraries and other institutions. This is a first for EBSCO, which has always provided databases on a subscription basis.

ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: 19th Century, ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Early 20th Century, and ATLA Historical Serials Collection will consist of digital versions of rare and historical primary sources. The monograph collections will contain more than 29,000 monographs covering religion and theology. The majority of the monographs date from 1850 through 1923 with the earliest monograph from 1322. The monograph collections are estimated to include 7.5 million pages of content. The historical serials collection will contain more than 1,200 serials from the early 19th century to the early 20th century and are estimated to include 5.4 million pages of content. With each collection, researchers can view all of the typography, graphics, and drawings as they were originally presented.

EBSCO will enable libraries to purchase ownership of each collection rather than provide leased access, which is required with subscription-based databases. Digital archive products are typically sold as "static" collections for a one-time purchase price with an annual maintenance fee. EBSCO will provide access via its EBSCOhost interface.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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