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Dublin’s book tapped for electronic rebirth as part of landmark project

A book written by Binghamton University history Professor Thomas Dublin is one of the first 500 books to be selected by the American Council of Learned Societies for posting online as part of its landmark History E-Book Project.

The project is a major undertaking to publish a backlist of history titles published by traditional methods and a new frontlist of books especially designed for online publication. It was funded in June 1999 by a $3-million, five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

Dublin’s book Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860, was originally published in hard copy in1979 and revised slightly in 1993, before being republished in electronic form this year as part of the ongoing ACLS project.

“These are works of major importance to historical studies-books that remain vital to both scholars and advanced students, and are frequently cited in the literature,” the ACLS website says of the books included in its project. “ACLS is collaborating in this initiative with eight Learned Societies and a select group of University Presses to assist scholars in the electronic publishing of high-quality works in history, to explore the intellectual possibilities of new technologies, and to help assure the continued viability of the history writing in today’s changing publishing environment.”

Dublin, who is co-director of both the Center for Historical Study of Women and Gender and the Center for the Teaching of American History, said he in honored that his book was selected for inclusion.

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