Project Announcement: Open Folklore (A Library+Society Partnership)

The American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries have recently announced a new scholarly communications project called Open Folklore. As described in the announcement:

The vision for this open-access online portal for folklore studies is to make a greater number and variety of useful resources, both published and unpublished, available for the field of folklore studies and the communities with which folklore scholars partner. In its full form, we intend for Open Folklore to be a multi-faceted project that combines digitization and digital preservation of data, publications, educational materials, and scholarship in folklore; promotes open access to these materials; and provides an online search tool to enhance discoverability of relevant, reliable resources for folklore studies. In its initial phase, the partners will construct a prototype to gather feedback from the folklore community to shape its future growth and development.

The full project description is available on the Open Folklore website at:

During the quiet phase, we have already made available a significant range of scholarly content available, including work in the neighboring/overlapping field of anthropology. This content can be found variously in the Hathi Trust Digital Library, the IUScholarWorks Repository, and the IUScholarWorks Journals project. When it is more fully developed, the Open Folklore website will help users search and browse this diverse content, which includes a wide range of active and legacy journals, public folklore project materials, and books from the IU Library's distinguished Folklore Collection.

Please help spread the work about this effort to make scholarship in folklore studies/ethnology more widely available.

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