We are extremely pleased to announce that East Carolina University has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. ECU has a mission to act as a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, including improving quality of life through cultural enrichment and the arts.
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 East Carolina “It is wonderful that East Carolina has joined the OLH's innovative model. The benefits of open access are great for the humanities but it is a mistake to think that the economic models of the sciences will work wholesale in these disciplines. With the help of institutions like ECU, we will find a way to allow open access to the humanities.”
Jan Lewis, Library Director, added, "We strongly support the OLH mission to make high quality peer-reviewed content in the humanities openly available without requiring author fees. We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to positive, sustainable change in scholarly publishing through this venture."
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 can join through Jisc Collections at http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/Index/2120. US-based libraries can join through LYRASIS at https://lyrasis.openlibhums.org.