We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of British Columbia Library has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. UBC consistently ranks as one of the world’s top research universities. Globally connected, UBC attracts the highest calibre of research faculty and students and more than $500 million in research funding each year.
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 British Columbia Library: “It is really fantastic to have UBC as a supporter of the OLH model for open access in the humanities. It is clear that OA has benefits for all disciplines. The challenge has been in finding a model that can support OA outside of the natural sciences. With the help of institutions such as the University of British Columbia, we will continue to expand the OLH’s efforts.”
“UBC Library is proud to join the Open Library of Humanities and the important work it is doing to support open access,” says Heather Berringer, Acting University Librarian for UBC. “The University of British Columbia is committed to breaking down barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to everyone, including policy makers, educators, and researchers on the cusp of major discoveries.”
Libraries outside the US, UK, EU or Canada interested in joining the OLH Library Partnership Subsidy model should contact Professor Martin Paul Eve: email@example.com. 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.