Acquiring ECCO?

Not to interrupt the discussion of print and forgetting, BUT . . .

Some reps from ECCO are visiting us at UH this week, and I’m going to get treated to a demonstration.  Any tips from members of the blog about using ECCO in their teaching or research?  It seems like a tremendous resource, and one that would save me immense amounts of time, not to mention ILL budgets, xeroxing, and travel.  Any advice from those who convinced their librarians or administrators, how we might close the deal?

 Thanks in advance,


4 responses to “Acquiring ECCO?

  1. Dave,

    Some reflections from the librarian side of things: ECCO is pretty pricey (I can’t remember exactly, but well over $100,000), so closing the deal means making it clear that this resource will be central to teaching and research for you, some of your dept. colleagues, and for other colleagues around campus. If one or more depts is also willing to put up some cash, that’s a big plus. I’m sure you could win over some librarians by also suggesting that you’d like to make ECCO part of teaching primary source literacy in conjunction with the general information literacy program. Maybe also take a look at the library’s strategic plan and spin to that.

  2. David Mazella

    Thanks, John. ECCO is more expensive than that, but it is truly interdisciplinary, and I’m trying to get other colleagues in other departments to sign on. The idea of the strategic plan is a good one, though, and I’ll be sure to mention that in the proposal.



  3. Kamille Stone Stanton

    Hi Dave. Having had the pleasure of working in some excellent university research libraries, both with and without ECCO & EEBO, during graduate school overseas, I suspect that within your university library, management styles and practices are increasingly customer service oriented. The drive to attain customer satisfaction has rapidly replaced the old model of libraries as sanctuaries, while readers and students are often simply referred to as customers during strategy and policy making meetings. So perhaps ‘closing the deal’ might be helped along by showing them evidence of the ways in which, through the use of ECCO in the classroom, undergraduate and graduate students can be taught textual editing and annotating, while getting publication experience . This kind of activity certainly is both invaluable for students, as well as being a GREAT recruitment tool.

    Consider, for example, Frances E. Dolan’s current project on the Digital Renaissance Editions site: The text of Thomas Dekker’s play, The Whore of Babylon (1607), is being edited and annotated by Dolan and the UCSD English students. They don’t need expensive photocopies from the Bodleian, because UCSD library has EEBO & ECCO.

    Consider the ways in which bibliographic courses at other research universities work to enhance the curriculum and produce better scholars than, perhaps, those without. The MA at Indiana University, for example, endeavors to “prepare students for careers in the analysis and production of texts.” Students are required to take the class outlined below.

    L501 Professional Scholarship in Literature (4 Cr.)
    Materials, tools, and methods of research. Includes work with standard bibliographical sources (both traditional and electronic), bibliographical search strategies, scholarly documentation, accessing special collections, preparing bibliographical descriptions of subject texts. Historical case studies reinforce coverage of professional standards of conduct, verification of sources, and thoroughness of research methodology.

    This kind of course is enriched exponentially by the use of ECCO or EEBO, both of which Indiana University library has.

    I would really love to see my hometown university get ECCO. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    Kamille Stone Stanton

  4. David Mazella

    Thanks, Kamille. I think this is correct. Though libraries may sometimes hesitate to acquire resources simply for a few faculty members, it’s also important to point to their impact on undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. And I think that access to ECCO or lack thereof will make a big difference nowadays when it comes to recruiting, both for grad students and for faculty.