Braunschweig University Library joins OLH LPS Model

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 23 March 2023

We are pleased to announce that the University Library of  TU Braunschweig has joined the Open Library of Humanities' (OLH) Library Partnership Subsidy system. Technische Universität Braunschweig, commonly referred to as TU Braunschweig, is the oldest Institute of Technology in Germany. The university was founded in 1745 as Collegium Carolinum and is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the most renowned and largest German institutes of technology. It is commonly ranked among the top universities for engineering in Germany. Braunschweig University Library has been a long advocate for open access. The Governance Board of TU Braunschweig has mandated the University Library to take responsibility for the topic of Open Access at TU Braunschweig as a central player and to further develop it both strategically and operationally through training, advocacy, collaboration and support of open access and open science initiatives.

The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, diamond open-access publisher of 28 journals. With initial funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and subsequent support from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Professor Peter Baldwin, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium rather than any author fee. This funding mechanism enables equitable open access in the humanities disciplines, with charges neither to readers nor authors.

"It is thanks to the support of our member libraries that the Open Library of Humanities is able to operate", said Paula Clemente Vega Marketing Officer for the Open Library of Humanities.  "Re-directing funds for the support of scholar-led diamond OA initiatives is vital for the survival non-for-profit platforms such as OLH. It helps build an academic publishing ecosystem based on equity and on a vision of academic research as a global public good. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our member institutions for your continued support: from all of us at the OLH, thank you for continuing to make this vital work possible."

"The University Library is the central information provider for TU Braunschweig. It acts as a reliable and competent partner for research, teaching and studies and promotes the transformation to Open Science", Robert Strötgen, Head of University Library commented. "As part of our Open Access strategy, we strive to provide optimal access to scientific literature and support publication infrastructures for which the scientific community is responsible. By supporting OLH to promote science free from commercial constraints, we are fulfilling our mission. Together with our partners, we wish OLH and our common goal every success."

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