KU Libraries is now a contributor to the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a peer-reviewed gold open access platform for the humanities that aims to provide free online access to scholarship, including the OLH mega-journal (a new trans-disciplinary space for humanities work) and five other journals, which will launch in September 2015.
As a gold open access publisher, the OLH operates via funding from an international library consortium and does not require fees from the authors whose work it publishes. In July 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a three-year grant of $741,000 to Birkbeck, University of London, to expand this new model for sustainable open access publishing in the humanities. OLH co-directors, Dr. Martin Paul Eve and Dr. Caroline Edwards, are faculty members in Birkbeck’s School of Arts.
Dr. Eve (Senior Lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing) will offer a keynote address on issues of open access as they relate to the humanities on Friday, October 16, 2015, from 10-11:30 a.m. at The Commons, Spooner Hall, to kick-off KU's celebration of International Open Access Week (October 19-25).