This might be Kresge’s first post about JSTOR, but it likely will not be the last. JSTOR is one of the first electronic resources for scholarly communication. And it’s a pretty successful one at that. JSTOR was conceived as a trusted digital archive to help libraries struggling to provide space for an ever-growing body of scholarly publication. Presently, JSTOR provides archival and current issues of more than 1,400 scholarly journals across more than 50 academic disciplines. Through their Current Scholarship Program, digital access is available to the latest issues of more than 200 journals. You will see a few of our print journal subscriptions move to a digital format beginning in January 2012 as a result of this program.
This month JSTOR announced that material published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere has been made freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world. This “Early Journal Content” includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences. It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals and represents 6% of the content on JSTOR. For mathematicians or others who like to view or play with numbers, JSTOR by the numbers might prove interesting to you.
JSTOR is not without its critics and controversies. What I do know is that I and others in the library profession are using our best efforts to work with publishers, content vendors and our fiscal budgets to manage our collections for current use and long term preservation. For more about JSTOR from an insider’s point of view, you can read JSTOR : a history by Roger C. Schonfeld. Additional information about JSTOR can be found in their factsheet or about pages.