University of Winnipeg joins OLH LPS model
Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-02-27
We are very pleased to announce that the University of Winnipeg has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Winnipeg, also known as UWinnipeg, is a public research university, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The university was established in 1967 but its roots date back more than 130 years. The founding colleges were Manitoba College (1871), and Wesley College (1888), which merged to form United College in 1938. The university offers career-oriented education anchored in strong academic practices through its more than 400 courses in over 40 fields of study: business and economics, education, arts, science, and kinesiology and applied health as well as graduate programmes. UWinnipeg is distinguished for being a welcoming, student-focused institution noted for academic excellence, Indigenous scholarship, small class sizes, campus diversity, and a commitment to sustainability. The university has embraced the sharing of knowledge and understanding about Indigenous peoples’ culture by introducing the Indigenous Course Requirement (ICR) for all students.
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 Winnipeg: "We’re delighted to welcome a new member, the University of Winnipeg, to our library board. It is thanks to the support of our members that we can continue to provide high-quality and fee-free OA 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."
Brett Lougheed, Acting Dean of the University of Winnipeg Library, was pleased to be able to offer improved access to humanities content via the Open Library of Humanities. "The University of Winnipeg Library is thrilled to become a member of the Open Library of Humanities. The Library is a firm believer in equitable access to scholarship via the principles of open access. We look forward to working with the Open Library of Humanities in removing financial barriers to access for the communities working in these relevant disciplines."
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