Mount Royal University joins OLH LPS model
Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 2020-05-26
We are very pleased to announce that Mount Royal University has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Mount Royal University (MRU) is a Canadian public university located in Calgary, Alberta. The university was founded in 1910, following a charter by the Alberta provincial government but it was in the year 2009 that the institution was granted its university status. In 2017, the university was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are excelling in the field of social innovation and change-making. The university currently offers 12-degree programmes and 32 majors in interior design, policy studies, environmental science, broadcast journalism and child studies. MRU is also home to research-focused institutes, including the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Community Prosperity, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability and the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
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.
“We are delighted to welcome Mount Royal University as part of our library partnership subsidy system,” said Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities. “Nearly 300 universities are currently supporting us and making possible the sustainability and longevity of the platform. The annual membership of OLH is voluntary, but we would not be able to exist without the support of our member institutions. It is thanks to our contributing libraries that the OLH is able to publish open access scholarship in the humanities without the need to charge APCs to authors and institutions. There are alternatives to the APC system and their support — as open access becomes mainstream — is crucial so researchers irrespective of their institution and funding situation can have the possibility to publish open access.”
If you like the work that the Open Library of Humanities is doing, please consider asking your institution to support us financially. We cannot operate without our library members. More details for libraries can be found here: https://www.openlibhums.org/plugins/supporters/signup/.
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