Nominations now open for the OLH Library Board

Posted by Paula Clemente Vega on 16 May 2023

As part of our 2023-2030 plan for sustainable growth of the OLH, we are pleased to announce that the OLH Library Board is being re-constituted as one of three elected Advisory Boards. 

As a strictly not-for-profit publisher with no shareholders, the OLH exists purely for the intellectual and academic good of the research that we publish. This mission is shared by hundreds of stakeholders who work closely with us in extending diamond open access to the humanities – including scholars, librarians, students, other publishers, and open-source activists. We are governed by a Board of Trustees and three advisory boards: the Academic Advisory Board, the Library Board and the Publishing Technology Board. The boards meet bi-annually to review the OLH’s overall performance, discuss research and development for different user groups, vote on strategic and operational issues, and liaise with relevant stakeholders. 

The Library Board

The Library Board constitutes the community-based library governance of the OLH’s financial model. The Board provides expert advice to the OLH Executive Director and the OLH team on all matters relating to library membership. Board members are university and public library professionals as well as data management specialists elected to the board for 3-year renewable terms by the OLH library community (every participating member of the Library Partnership Subsidy, which financially supports the publishing activities of the OLH). 

What is involved?

Members of the Library Board are elected by the OLH’s library members (see here for a full list of supporting institutions) and serve a 3-year renewable term. In joining the board, board members are asked to become actively involved in discussing and making decisions relating to libraries. The Board meets bi-annually at a virtual board and may be consulted between boards on specific questions, issues, or tasks relating to library members’ needs. 

How to nominate yourself or a colleague

All nominees must be from OLH member institutions. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for election to the Library Board, please send a brief biography and a statement of interest to: Dr Caroline Edwards, Executive Director ( and Paula Clemente Vega, Marketing Officer ( no later than 26 June 2023. If you have any questions about the role, please write to us before submitting your nomination.

If you like the work that the Open Library of Humanities is doing, please consider asking your institution to support us financially. We cannot operate without our library members. More details for libraries can be found at:

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