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Peter Stevens Retires from Unlimited Priorities

Unlimited Priorities LLC announces that Peter Stevens, a valued member of our Client Services Team, is retiring effective January 1, 2017.

Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens

Peter has been involved in every facet of Unlimited Priorities’ success over the past nine years. Peter has had a long and distinguished career in sales, marketing and management with a number of companies within the information industry, including UMI, IAC, ISI, RR Bowker, JA Micropublishing, Newsbank, Ethnic Newswatch, Techbooks (Aptara), and Pacific Data Conversion Corp. As Unlimited Priorities is the exclusive sales and marketing representative for Accessible Archives, Peter will be missed by Accessible Archives’ customers and staff.

Unlimited Priorities congratulates Peter on his retirement and thanks him for his many years of dedicated service. We wish him all the best in his well-earned rest. Peter and his wife, Louise, will now have the opportunity for more travel, catch-up on those reading lists, expand his volunteer work at Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and thoroughly enjoy their children and grandchildren.

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Unlimited Priorities Coordinates Accessible Archives Partnership with University of Delaware

New Agreement Will Enhance Research
for Colored Conventions Project

Malvern, PA (May 24, 2016) – Unlimited Priorities LLC has finalized an agreement between Accessible Archives and the University of Delaware’s (UD) Colored Conventions Project (CCP) that will allow the innovative use of Accessible Archives’ databases.  These include African American Newspapers: The 19th Century, The Liberator and National Anti-Slavery Standard. Accessible Archives’ extension of its standard academic use license will expose those important materials, and additional collections, to the many visitors to the CCP website.  Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing representative for Accessible Archives.

The CCP is a digital collection and teaching website used by students, community scholars and professors across the globe.  This agreement allows CCP, along with the project’s national teaching partners and the thousands of students who engage in original research through CCP’s curriculum, to present images from Accessible Archives’ databases on its ColoredConventions.org website.

Frank Leslies Weekly -- May 4, 1872

Frank Leslies Weekly — May 4, 1872

“The CCP, which brings 19th-century Black organizing to digital life, is pleased to partner with Accessible Archives and to celebrate the company’s long history of productive partnerships with UD”, said P. Gabrielle Foreman, the project’s faculty director and Ned B. Allen Professor of English and professor of history and Black American studies at UD. “The historic Colored Conventions were symbiotically connected with many of the 19th-century African American newspapers offered by Accessible Archives, so this agreement will be a great boon for Colored Conventions’ many users.”

Ann Ardis, UD’s senior vice provost for graduate and professional education and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, which provided CCP with its first funding, also praised the agreement. “We are thrilled that Accessible Archives will play such a pivotal role in our public humanities outreach to share this rich chapter of African American history,” Ardis said. “With the help of Accessible Archives, the Colored Conventions Project will add greatly to contemporary understandings of the long history of African American struggles for racial justice.”

Iris L. Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, responded: “Unlimited Priorities specializes in creating partnerships that provide researchers with better access to relevant content.  As the goals of Accessible Archives and University of Delaware were totally in synch, this agreement will benefit the entire information community.”

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

Unlimited Priorities LLC utilizes its highly skilled group of professionals to provide a variety of support services to small and medium-sized companies in the information industry.  The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) offers practical consultative services to libraries, historical societies and associations.  AID provides advice and assistance in archival content selection, rights ownership, project management, workflow analysis, production, distribution of converted content and interaction with commercial entities.  We recognize that each location or organization is unique, requiring customized and locally-based solutions.  By coordinating a library’s project requirements with commercial firms’ interests, Unlimited Priorities creates an atmosphere of mutual cooperation while organizing a successful process at a reasonable cost.

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Unlimited Priorities LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Cape Coral, FL (October 13, 2015) – Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries – as well as libraries, associations and other institutions – proudly celebrates its 10th anniversary.

More than three decades spent in the information industry provided Iris L. Hanney, then President of an Information Publishing Group, an overview of all aspects of this community and the challenges faced by vendors, clients and libraries. Unlimited Priorities LLC was founded to assist smaller companies whose financial situations placed them at a disadvantage when competing with larger organizations. From sales and marketing support to administrative and production issues, the talents of its skilled group of professionals from all fields support all aspects of a company’s structure.

The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) provides assistance in content selection, rights ownership, project management, workflow analysis, production, distribution of converted content and interaction with commercial entities for university libraries and historical societies.

Providing support services over the years, Unlimited Priorities has:

  • Provided sales and marketing support
  • Established budget and forecasting protocols
  • Brokered the sale of companies
  • Negotiated cooperative agreements between vendors
  • Created an XML-based workflow system
  • Aided companies in becoming COUNTER compliant
  • Assisted libraries in monetizing special collections
  • Negotiated rights and permissions and content licensing
  • Negotiated publishing partnerships between libraries and vendors
  • Created of a Model Data Mining Agreement
  • Published Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers

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We hope to see you at ALA Annual 2015!

AC15_WereExhibitingWe hope to see you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.  You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth number 2107 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall  near the Post Office and the What’s Cooking @ ALA Stage.

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the conference.

Exhibit Hall Hours

June 26: Friday Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor 5:30pm – 7:00pm
June 27: Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
June 28: Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm
June 29: Monday Exhibits Closing Events 9:00am – 2:00pm

If you would like to stop by booth #2107 and talk about how we can help your organization grow, just drop Iris a line at iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com.

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Unlimited Priorities Coordinates with University of Chicago ARTFL Project on Conversion of Historic French Volumes

Cape Coral, FL (June 2, 2015) – The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) of Unlimited Priorities LLC®, a firm specializing in support services to the library and archives communities, has completed its work with the University of Chicago on the ARTFL Project’s latest conversion of French materials.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. This portion of the project involved the imaging and conversion of a selection of his individual works that the university did not have from the Lewinter edition, utilizing a TEI x Lite XML format. All pages within each volume were imaged, and the text was OCRed and then subjected to data entry, resulting in a 99.95% quality level.

The Encyclopédie méthodique par ordre des matières (“Methodical Encyclopedia by Order of Subject Matter”) was published between 1782 and 1832. This project consisted of text conversion via enhanced OCR processing, and the creation of images from plates contained on negative microfiche. The resultant images then underwent a cleanup process in order to achieve viable OCR.

Mark Olsen, Assistant Director of the ARTFL Project, commented on their ongoing relationship with Unlimited Priorities: “The ARTFL Project has worked with Unlimited Priorities for well over a decade on a variety of scholarly projects with widely divergent technical requirements and work processes. For one project, we required careful TEI compliant transcriptions of complex legal documentation from page images generated by a collaborating institution, while in another, we are working from microfiche materials to scan page images and generate automatically corrected OCR output.One of the great strengths of UP is their expertise which allows them adapt to our wide ranging requirements and to deliver cost effective solutions which directly benefit both our collaborators and our user community.”

Iris L. Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, responded: “We relied on our extensive knowledge of data conversion as we faced the challenges presented by the ARTFL Project. Our experience with the vendor community allows us to ensure reliable outcomes, and we are pleased to have been able to apply this expertise to these ARTFL projects. We look forward to participating in additional projects as we continue to retain our position on the cutting edge of this technology.” Continue Reading →

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Join us at OAH 2015 in St. Louis!

We will be with Accessible Archives at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in St. Louis, Missouri.

The meeting will be held April 16- 19 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel & America’s Center, and we will be in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 502.

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS

  • Thursday, April 16 — 1:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Friday, April 17 — 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, April 18 — 8:00am – 5:00pm

Event Hightlight: The Civil War at 150

During the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011–2015), the Organization of American Historians is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience through a Web project and in a myriad of other ways. They are sharing resources in this area including current and archival articles from their print publications, sessions at annual conferences, OAH Distinguished Lecturers, and podcast conversations with leading public and academic historians.

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Unlimited Priorities and NCSU Libraries Partner to Create Model Data Mining Agreement

Cape Coral, FL (March 24, 2015)Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, and The North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries), have collaborated to open up Accessible Archives’ databases for text and data mining for client libraries.

Text and data mining (TDM) encompasses dozens of computationally-intensive techniques and procedures used to examine and transform data and metadata. At its core, TDM uses high-speed computing technology to examine large data sets in order to recognize and model meaningful patterns and rules.

Unlimited Priorities orchestrated this initiative at the request of Darby Orcutt, Assistant Head, Collection Management, at The NCSU Libraries. Mr. Orcutt explained: “Through this model agreement, Unlimited Priorities and Accessible Archives have become even stronger partners with libraries in supporting the current and emerging needs of researchers. They quickly and positively responded to the opportunity for a win-win relationship in this area. Not only does this agreement open up large and high-quality historical datasets for mining by our users, but as scholars come to understand this content in ways that only such computational research makes possible, the value of these resources for academia correspondingly increases.”

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Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers, 2nd Printing Announced

The Pocket Copyright Guide for PublishersPocket Copyright Guide for Publishers contains information vital to publishers. It discusses a wide variety of topics and problems that are faced by today’s publishing community. As such, it also is a must-have reference tool for both public and academic libraries.

Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers, authored by Laura N. Gasaway, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and edited by Iris L. Hanney and published by Unlimited Priorities LLC, is available for $14.95 as an eBook.

The initial run of the print edition sold out quickly, and popular demand has necessitated a 2nd printing. The hard copy book is available as a bundle with the e-Book edition, and the price for the combined versions is $24.95. The book is available for immediate delivery.

“This book is my type of reading, and its concise explanations of legal concepts and requirements will enable me to better serve my colleagues, and in a manner they will fancy: cogent brevity.”

—Ronald Weyhrauch, RAC (US)

 

“Gasaway provides a narrative and allows publishers to gauge the depth of understanding they require. If further information is needed, she points publishers to resources beyond the scope of the book through thorough referencing.”

—Daniel J. Gross, Attorney, Myers Wolin LLC

Order Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers
now at http://www.unlimitedpriorities.com/order.

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Unlimited Priorities Coordinates Publishing Partner Agreement Between Accessible Archives and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Cape Coral, FL (January 30, 2015) – Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, has announced that it has finalized a publishing partners agreement between Accessible Archives, Inc. and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library located in Springfield, Illinois.

Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, will preserve in digital format a number of primary source collections relating to President Lincoln and the State of Illinois.  Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will be available to genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest as new or enhanced databases by Accessible Archives.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Established in 1889 as the Illinois State Historical Library by the Illinois General Assembly, it later was renamed the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to reflect its essential role in telling the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life.  The library holds an impressive collection of Lincoln materials, among them Lincoln family letters and a prized collection of Lincolniana and assassination materials.  In addition, the library contains the premier collection of materials on Illinois history, including myriad books, original maps and thousands of boxes of personal papers and other records relating to Illinois’ political, business, and cultural leaders.  The Library’s county history collection provides at least one history from each of Illinois’ 102 counties, which over time will become available through Accessible Archives.  The Library also stages exhibits that showcase its impressive historical holdings relating to all aspects of Illinois history, including an extensive Civil War collection and strong offerings on slavery and abolition, early settlement, church and community histories, and Illinois coal mining. Continue Reading →

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Unlimited Priorities Coordinates Accessible Archives’ Agreement With Scholarly iQ to Upgrade COUNTER Usage Reporting

Cape Coral, FL (January 29, 2015) – Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, has announced that it has coordinated and finalized an agreement between Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, and Scholarly iQ whereby the latter will provide upgraded COUNTER usage reporting to Accessible Archives’ customers.

Usage statistics for Accessible Archives’ collections will become available April 1, 2015 using the new COUNTER Release 4 (R4) standards.  Scholarly iQ, a provider of eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market, will provide these and other reporting and data management services.  This upgraded capability provides an extra benefit for Accessible Archives’ customers,  utilizing the latest version of the agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of such online usage data to ensure independent reporting of publishers’ usage statistics.

Iris Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, discussed the importance of COUNTER compliance: “In today’s challenging economic market, ensuring that trusted, independent reporting of usage statistics is available to libraries is critical as this data is used to effectively demonstrate content value to subscribing institutions.  Partnering with Scholarly iQ will ensure Accessible Archives remains compliant with the COUNTER R4 standard, allowing them to better serve the scholarly library community.”

The COUNTER Release 4 standards contain the following new features to improve the delivery of consistent, credible and comparable usage statistics:

  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content
  • An expanded list of Definitions, including terms such as ‘multimedia full content unit’, ‘record view’, ‘result click’, as well as different categories of ‘access denied’, etc. that are used for the first time in Release 4
  • Enhancements of the SUSHI (Standardised Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol designed to facilitate its implementation by vendors and its use by librarians
  • The ability to report usage of Gold Open Access articles separately, via the new “Journal Report 1 GOA.”
  • An expanded “Journal Report 2,” which includes information on denied-access content and unlicensed content, in addition to the “Turnaways” data, which is covered by earlier COUNTER Releases.
  • A modified “Journal Report 5,” which reports on the usage of full-text article requests by year and by journal from a library’s acquired archival content.
  • Inclusion of Book DOI in the usage reports, to facilitate not only the management of usage data, but also the linking of usage data to other data relevant to collections of online content.
  • An expanded Database Report 2, which now includes ‘access denied: content item not licenced’, in addition to the ‘Turnaways’ (access denied: simultaneous/concurrent user licence limit exceeded) covered in earlier Releases.
  • Modified Database Reports, in which the previous requirement to report Session counts has been dropped, and new requirements, to report Record Views and Result Clicks, have been added. (Database Report 3 has also been renamed Platform Report 1).
  • A requirement, in Book Report 2, that the type of Section covered in the report be defined
  • Removal of Book Report 6: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service, which is replaced by Platform Report 1.
  • A new report, Multimedia Report 1, which covers the usage of non-textual multimedia resources, such as audio, video and images, by reporting the number of successful requests for multimedia full content units
  • Flexibility in the usage reporting period that allows you to specify a date range for your usage reports
  • A single, integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content.

“The academic publishing market is fast becoming increasingly online and data driven,” said Gary Van Overborg, CEO and founder, Scholarly iQ. “The COUNTER R4 standard provides trust and accountability in understanding the business value of digital products. Supporting and adhering to these latest standards is a must, and we are delighted to be working with Accessible Archives at this tremendously exciting time.”

About Unlimited Priorities LLC

 Unlimited Priorities provides unique solutions to the wide variety of challenges facing both commercial and not-for-profit entities throughout the information community. From sales and marketing support to administrative and production issues, we offer effective resolutions. By integrating the diversified talents of our highly skilled group of professionals from all fields into their organizational structures, Unlimited Priorities provides clients with the flexibility to successfully attain their specific goals in a systematic and efficient manner while optimizing their financial and personnel resources.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

 Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across 18th and 19th American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives.

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
tnagy@accessible.com
866-296-1488
www.accessible-archives.com
Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com

About Scholarly iQ

 Scholarly iQ provides independent, trusted eBusiness solutions to the academic publishing market. Leaders in usage reporting since 2002, SiQ services integrate and deliver meaningful data accurately and on time for better business decisions.

SiQ leverages leading technologies and has a solid team of professionals in online publishing, web analytics, database integration, and web site development, providing legendary client support 24×7 with energy, enthusiasm and commitment. This combination ensures that SiQ continuously provide exemplary customer centric solutions with industry leading people, processes and technologies.

In addition, SiQ actively supports the academic publishing market as a whole through community participation including NISO’s SUSHI Developers Group and Business Information Topic Committee (www.niso.org) , the Society for Scholarly Publishing (www.sspnet.org), UKSG (www.uksg.org) and COUNTER’s International Advisory Board (www.projectcounter.org). For more information, visit www.scholarlyiq.com or https://twitter.com/ScholarlyIQ.

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