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APA goes digital with University of Akron

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has entered into an agreement with the University of Akron to digitise material from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) historical collection.

Titles to be entered onto the APA database will include any books published prior to 1923, materials published between 1923 and 1963 that APA has researched and determined to be in the public domain, and any later books and gray literature for which APA has acquired written permission. The historical book content will be indexed on the database in PsycINFO; each chapter will be added to PsycBOOKS; and abstract records for each gray literature item together with the full text will be added to PsycEXTRA.

Kirtas Technologies, which claims to be the only company in the world to offer an automatic page turning capability that is gentler than the human touch, has been selected to manage the digitisation of the collection. This non-destructive state-of-the-art technology will ensure that these valuable archival materials will not be harmed during the scanning process.