"[University College of London Press], the University of Michigan Press, the University of California Press and Cornell University Press recently collaborated with Knowledge Unlatched Research to look at how people who downloaded OA books from the digital library JSTOR used them... Most of the OA books reviewed in the study were in the social sciences..."
Charles Watkinson writes about Fulcrum, the University of Michigan Press's new reading platform. Newly launched is "A Mid-Republican House from Gabii ...an archaeological site report with a difference. Not only can users access all the associated data from the excavated building, but they can explore it through an interactive 3D model as well as a narrative text."
The Developing A Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, is developing curriculum modules that will be part of "a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians." The first two modules are now freely available to professors, workshop instructors, and trainers of all kinds on the pr
New article of interest about ScholarlyHub:
April Hathcock and Guy Geltner, "Clearing the Garden: ScholarlyHub as a New Non-profit Digital Commons, Insights, 31 no. 6 (2018). DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.398 https://insights.uksg.org/articles/10.1629/uksg.398/
"The overwhelming majority of professional staff in research institutions and libraries across the globe view open access as the future of academic and scientific publishing. However, many are not satisfied with the speed of transition, according to a survey by Springer Nature.... The lowest level of satisfaction was on the speed of movement of scholarly books becoming open access in the future."
"Cornell Open is the new global open access portal for classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Funded by the newly created Humanities Open Book Program, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell Open offers for the first time open access to key titles in literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies."
Despite slow start, open-access digital scholarship publisher expects to publish first works this year.
Librarians have been talking excitedly about Lever Press, an open-access publisher for digital scholarship led by liberal arts colleges, for several years... The press hired a senior acquisition editor in August and now has several works under contract, pending approval from the press's editorial board.
KU Research (Knowledge Unlatched) has released a study of Open Access ebook usage on JSTOR.
"Among the findings are that the JSTOR platform accounts for the largest number of referrals to the Open Access ebooks; 34.1% of readers are already on the platform when they access the OA books. Institutions located in the Global South are relatively high users of OA books made available via the JSTOR platform when compared to institutions located in the US, UK, and Western Europe."
"Open access looks set to shake up the humanities and social sciences book landscape for the better, reports Rebecca Pool... A little over three years ago, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library set out to explore what the ‘Academic Book of the Future’ might look like, in the context of open access publishing and the digital revolution."