We're extremely pleased to announce that Kenyon College Library has become a member of the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Founded in 1824, Kenyon is the oldest private college in Ohio. The small college originally educated all-male clergymen for frontier America, but it soon became a highly regarded seat of classical education whose graduates included statesmen such as U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers the costs of the labour of publishing through a global library consortium so that authors do not have to pay. This model means that there are no fees for authors and no incentives for us to accept sub-par work.
Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Kenyon: “I am extremely pleased that Kenyon has joined the Open Library of Humanities' LPS model. We clearly need new ways to fund open access in the humanities and with the help of institutions like Kenyon, the OLH offers one particular way to achieve this.”
Karen Greever, Collection Development Librarian, added: “We are pleased to support the Open Library of Humanities initiative. It is an innovative model for disseminating research in the humanities.”
Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: email@example.com. UK-based libraries will shortly be able to join through Jisc Collections. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.
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