As the fiscal year-end draws near, some libraries may find themselves with unspent funds, even with the tight constraints under which most operate. If that’s the case for your institution, please consider deploying any year-end funds to support a global initiative that is making sustainable Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) a reality: Knowledge Unlatched (KU).
KU recently introduced new collections for 2017, and invites the support of libraries through a variety of participation options. For libraries in the U.S. and Canada with remaining year-end budget, KU can/will accommodate last minute invoicing (within 24 hours). To allow every library — regardless of its budget size — to participate, KU has implemented tiered-pricing options based on Carnegie Classifications.
KU has expanded to become an HSS Open Access marketplace, and is currently offering the following collections to be unlatched:
- 21 journals from renowned academic publishers from around the world
- 343 books, both front list (151 titles) and backlist (192 titles) covering a broad array of disciplines in HSS
- The acclaimed Language Science Press, publishing around 30 high quality monographs in linguistics through an innovative Open Access business model– find out more at http://langsci-press.org
Supporting libraries receive quarterly usage reports (both COUNTER-compliant data as well as geo-locational download information) to enable you to assess the impact of your investment in KU and Open Access.
If you’re interested in becoming part of the KU collaborative effort, or have questions, please feel free to reach out today via firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more at http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.