The complete collection of The Windsor Review is now available online, thanks to librarians working with Leddy Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship and scholarly communications.
The long-standing journal published biannually by the University of Windsor Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the Department of English and Creative Writing operated as a print resource for over 50 years.
The journal, which transitioned to an open access framework last year, has featured the works of such renowned writers as Marshall McLuhan, Joyce Carol Oates, and winners of Governor General awards and Pulitzer Prizes, showcasing a collection of creative writing, interviews, poetry, and visual art.
In her role as the liaison for UWindsor’s English department, librarian Heidi Jacobs noticed the rich literary history embedded in the pages of The Windsor Review and thought Leddy Library’s commitment to Open Access publishing could help make this invaluable contribution to Canadian literary history available and accessible to all.
“We believe in the importance of knowledge preservation, mobilization, and dissemination,” said Jacobs. “We were eager to help and provide online platform to showcase the historic and future journals to readers across the world.”
Jacobs noted that hosting the collection online would ensure the legacy of the journal, allow the work to reach a broader audience, and encourage new readers and writers.
The centre, which offers collaborative opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to imagine, develop, share, facilitate, and promote their research in new and innovative ways, brought together a team to transition the collection by gradually digitizing the journal.
The team built a website to host the digital archive and scanned more than 100 journals to prepare them for digital access and viewing.
After members scanned a total of 12,166 pages, the full collection of journals is now available for users online including the latest issue, released Oct. 20.