University of Tennessee joins OLH LPS Model

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 18 April 2023

We are pleased to announce that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has joined the Open Library of Humanities' (OLH) Library Partnership Subsidy system. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the flagship land-grant university of the state of Tennessee. Founded as Blount College in 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state, UT Knoxville has grown into the state’s premier public research institution, holding the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity. Today the university offers more than 900 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of studies to its more than 33,000 enrolled students. 

The University of Tennessee Libraries supports open access to the world-class research, scholarship, and creative activity developed at the university by promoting open publishing and by hosting the university’s open access repository, TRACE (Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange). The UT Libraries is a leader in digitization and preservation projects and a member library of HathiTrust, LYRASIS, and the Library Publishing Coalition. The University of Tennessee Press, a division of the UT Libraries, publishes the presidential papers of Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk. UT Knoxville is the only university in the nation to have three presidential papers editing projects. 

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.

The Open Library of Humanities is collectively funded by its member libraries and wouldn't be able to operate without their generous support. Redirecting funds for the support of scholar-led diamond OA initiatives is vital for the survival of not-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. 

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