Accessible Archives Inc. Names ALA Summer Raffle Winner: University of North Florida

Also Gifts Xavier University Library with Annual Subscription.

Accessible Archives, Inc.©, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced the winner of its raffle drawing conducted in the exhibit booth at the 2011 ALA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville was the drawing winner.  The library will receive a full one-year subscription to the Accessible Archives family of databases: African American Newspapers: The 19th Century; American County Histories to 1900; The Civil War; Godey’s Lady’s Book; The Liberator; The Pennsylvania Gazette; South Carolina Newspapers; and The Virginia Gazette.

Jeffrey T. Bowen, Director, Technical Services, said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer these historic databases to our faculty and students.  This subscription will provide an opportunity to explore the variety of content, and to discuss with our professors the ways in which it will support our coursework in History and related disciplines.”

In an additional effort to support  the local library community, Accessible Archives also is presenting a one-year subscription to its database collection to Xavier University of New Orleans, the only historically Black Catholic University in the United States.

Robert Skinner, University Librarian, commented: “With library budgets shrinking and the cost of materials continuing to climb, we don’t often get the chance to sample new electronic resources as we did in years past. This gift allows us make something truly unique available to our students, for which we are very grateful.”

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO responded: “We really appreciate the enthusiasm these libraries have shown at gaining access to our databases.  In this difficult economic climate we are happy to offer support where we can, and we hope our efforts can make things a little easier for these two institutions.”

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