As you prepare for the new academic year, those of you who teach can provide an important--and easily accomplished--service to the Society. As you may know, AFS receives royalty income whenever someone views, downloads, or prints Journal of American Folklore materials from the online collections of JSTOR and Project MUSE. Almost all US universities, and a growing number abroad, subscribe to the JSTOR and MUSE collections that include JAF.
The royalty revenue from a JSTOR or MUSE view, download, or print is greater than what AFS receives in permission fees when the same JAF article, for instance, is included in a coursepack. This royalty income makes possible a number of important Society activities that benefit the field: providing annual meeting travel stipends to students and to community, international, and minority scholars; developing the brand-new JAF multimedia site; starting the AFS Oral History Program; and expanding the reach of the Open Folklore online portal, to name just a few.
Here’s the service we're asking you to provide: Whenever any of your courses requires students to use JAF materials, have your students access those materials on JSTOR or Project MUSE rather than through other means. This is easy to do: just include the JSTOR or Project MUSE URLs for JAF articles or reviews in the syllabi for your courses this year.
Thank you for your support of our field and Society.