Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries
American Folklore Society
Associate Dean for Collection Development
and Scholarly Communication
Open Folklore, unveiled October 2010, is an award-winning partnership between the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, with support from the Indiana University Digital Library Program. More than a Web site, a repository, or a new technology, Open Folklore is an experiment in re-imagining the work of scholarly publishing, scholarly societies, and academic libraries by leveraging the potential of existing technologies and resources. In its full form, the partners intend for Open Folklore to be a multifaceted project that combines digitization and digital preservation of data, publications, educational materials, and scholarship in folklore; promotes open access to these materials; nurtures deep connections across the scholarly communication ecosystem, and provides an online search tool to enhance discoverability of relevant, reliable, and open resources for folklore studies.
This project briefing will include a description of the partnership, demonstration of the Web site, and observations and lessons learned after its first year.