University of Arizona Libraries joins OLH LPS model
Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-02-13
We are very pleased to announce that the University of Arizona Libraries has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system.The University of Arizona is a leading research institution located in Tucson, Arizona, and one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. The University of Arizona Libraries were established in 1891 when the university was founded. Today, the organization employs nearly 200 faculty and staff in five locations: the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, the Health Sciences Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Special Collections. The University of Arizona Libraries mission includes cultivating an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning, enriching the lives of Arizonans, and contributing to an expanding global academic community.
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.
Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities, welcomed the University of Arizona: "We’re very pleased to have the support of the University of Arizona Libraries. The UA joined us through our referral scheme for library members, an initiative the OLH launched in 2018 where both existing and new members can get a discount. We are also pleased that the University of Arizona Libraries recently launched with Janeway, our open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck to support the Open Library of Humanities' goals. It is always great to see that institutions are uniting to support alternative publishing models and open source infrastructures for open access. The Open Library of Humanities is now supported by nearly 300 institutions which have pooled their resources in order to facilitate fee-free Open Access publishing in the humanities. The more libraries that support us, the more that we can continue to ensure our future ongoing viability in service of the academic community."
"The University of Arizona Libraries are excited to demonstrate our commitment to academia-led, open access publication models such as Open Library of Humanities,” said Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona Scholarly Communication Librarian. “Support of OLH aligns with our goal to ‘invest’ in open by funding organizations that advance open scholarship and lead toward a robust yet equitable scholarly publication system."
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