We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of Oklahoma Libraries have joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Norman, Oklahoma. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is just over 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations and OU campuses overseas.
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With 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.
Professor Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed the University of Oklahoma Libraries: “We are immensely grateful to the University of Oklahoma Libraries for supporting the Open Library of Humanities. To bring open access to disciplines outside the natural sciences requires creative thinking about funding. With the support of libraries such as Oklahoma’s we will expand our model to provide a sustainable, not-for-profit route to open access in the humanities, without any author fees.”
Libraries outside the US, UK, EU or Canada interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Professor 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. European libraries can sign up at http://lps.openlibhums.org.