We will be building a search tool through which digital collections in academic libraries will be linked together.
As our collaborators develop digitized versions of manuscripts and texts that are not currently available in digital form, for instance, through Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), and Gallica (through the Bibliotheque Nationale de France), they will store them in digital collections at their home libraries. The search tool will allow anyone to find resources across the linked network no matter where they start.
A Digital Collection already exists at SFU. As part of the New Narratives Project we worked with librarians at Simon Fraser University to develop a new open access digital collection that will serve as a repository of digital versions of the works of early modern women not already available through other sources, and ensuring that they are archived in accordance with best practices. Included will be digital images of manuscript material, transcriptions of texts (these texts will need to be transcribed, so the collection will grow slowly), as well as other similar materials. The SFU Digital Collection also includes the New Narratives podcast, produced by students, which can serve as a pedagogical tool. If you have been working on a transcription, and would be interested in including it in the collection, please do get in touch. The works presented at Querelle.ca, a project of Extending New Narratives co-investigator Marguerite Deslauriers, will also be part of the Digital Collection.