We're extremely pleased to announce that Macalester College has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.
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 its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.
Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Macalester: “I am delighted that Macalester has joined the OLH model for equitable open access in the humanities. It is clear that there is a hunger for a new model, one that respects the disciplinary differences between the sciences and the humanities (particularly with respect to funding) but also sees that there are huge benefits to OA in these disciplines.”
Terri Fishel, Library Director, added “The DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College has been a long-time supporter of open access and I am very pleased to be able to support this new initiative that is built on partnerships and collaboration with libraries. The OLH is offering us a truly sustainable and affordable model to increase access to humanities scholarship. I am excited to be able to join them, and looking forward to their success. I am also hoping more of my colleagues will sign on to support them and help establish a successful new alternative publishing model.”
Libraries outside the US and UK interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Dr. Martin Paul Eve: firstname.lastname@example.org. UK-based libraries will shortly be able to join through Jisc Collections. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.