Bates College joins OLH LPS model

Posted by Martin Paul Eve on 16 April 2018

We are extremely pleased to announce that Bates College has joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership Subsidy system. Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With 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.

Professor Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Bates College: “We are extremely grateful for Bates College’s support of the Open Library of Humanities. Bates has a historical tradition of open access: to people of any race or gender identity; its nondiscriminatory policy is a model of its kind. With the support of Bates we will further our mission to ensure that nobody is excluded from the fruits of higher education research by making it available to anybody, for free.”

Krystie Wilfong, Associate College Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications: “Equity is at the heart of the Open Access movement and a value highly treasured at Bates College. We are pleased to be supporting this effort that encourages the involvement of the humanities in Open Access and does so at a sustainable level for libraries. We look forward to future developments from the Open Library of Humanities.”