One of our important jobs as librarians is to curate excellent resources for our community. Usually we purchase them, but lately an increasing number of resources have become freely available electronically. In that case, our curation function helps bring these resources to our community.
Recently we “collected” some exciting, new, open access digital repositories for use with students in History 100, 200, and 300 as well as economics classes. Here are two examples.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s national museums of Asian art in the United States, released their entire collections online in January, providing free and open access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. Most of the 40,000 works of art have never been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images are high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use.
Launched in February, the Asian Development Bank’s Open Access Repository project makes freely accessible its full run of economic and development research on Asia and the Pacific region to promote unrestricted access to scholarly research for students, professionals, and researchers.