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Notre Dame Press and Hesburgh Libraries launch online digital collection of acclaimed publications

The University of Notre Dame Press and the Hesburgh Libraries announce the launch of the Notre Dame Press Collection, a digital collection of select book titles and chapters available online through CurateND, University of Notre Dame’s institutional repository.

The University partnership represents an important advancement in enabling online discovery and access to acclaimed titles from across the Notre Dame Press’s publications in philosophy, theology, medieval studies, Irish studies, Latin American studies, and other fields.

“It is an integral part of the Press’s mission to disseminate the scholarship we publish as widely as possible,” said Stephen Wrinn, director of University of Notre Dame Press. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Hesburgh Libraries to ensure that members of the Notre Dame community around the world will now have access to our books.”

The project meets the goals of both the Notre Dame Press and the Hesburgh Libraries to support the full cycle of research and scholarly exchange. It also furthers University efforts to enhance the impact of Notre Dame research activities and creative endeavors.

Three key features of CurateND — preserve, discover, share — and its ability to group works into distinct collections made it an ideal solution for this collaborative effort.

“This partnership with Notre Dame Press is perfectly aligned with our library mission of connecting people to knowledge,” said Edward H. Arnold University Librarian Diane Parr Walker. “We actively seek opportunities to leverage established library technologies across campus. This project will help to ensure that these scholarly works are globally accessible and preserved for future generations of scholars.”

Since its founding in 1949, the Press has published more than 3,000 books and has long been recognized as a leading American publisher of scholarly research and ideas. Notre Dame Press Collection represents a range of old and new titles as well as best-sellers. The authors include some of the leading scholars and thinkers of the past eight hundred years, including Nicholas Afanasiev, Thomas Aquinas, Maurice Blondel, Louis Dupré, Ernesto Galarza, Nicholas Lash, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Henry Cardinal Newman, and Elie Wiesel, among others.

The titles of the Notre Dame Press Collection are all searchable online. However, the access rights vary across the collection. Permissions range from full-text ebook access for the Notre Dame campus community to chapter-only access for both campus and global audiences. Regardless of access rights, each item is linked to the Notre Dame Press website for seamless purchase in both print and e-book formats.

The Notre Dame Press Collection can be found at curate.nd.edu and is expected to continue to grow over time.

About University of Notre Dame Press
The University of Notre Dame Press is the largest Catholic university press in the world, and a scholarly publisher of distinguished print and digital books in a number of academic disciplines. The Press publishes approximately fifty books annually and maintains a robust backlist in print. Located on the University of Notre Dame campus, the Press is a publishing partner with numerous university departments, programs, centers, and institutes. Through these collaborations, the Press extends the reach and reputation of the University while fulfilling its mission to advance intellectual exploration and knowledge. The Press’s publications are overseen by an editorial board comprised of scholars from a variety of university departments. New titles are approved by the board after a rigorous process of peer review.

About the Hesburgh Libraries
The Hesburgh Libraries is a diverse system featuring the flagship Hesburgh Library—which houses the Center for Digital Scholarship, Medieval Institute Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and University Archives—and nine specialty libraries located throughout the Notre Dame campus. Home to nearly 200 library faculty and staff, the Libraries hold more than 3.5 million monographs and subscribe to more than 35,000 serials. The vast array of expertise, services, resources and spaces help to support teaching, learning and research at Notre Dame. Digital library services include CurateND and the Hesburgh Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). The CDS helps students and faculty integrate state-of-the-art technologies at critical points throughout their research process and course work. Current research consulting and referral services include: Geographic Information Systems, Digital Humanities, Data Usage and Analysis, Text Mining and Analysis, Metadata and Digitization Services, and Data Management Planning.

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