External Investments in Open Access and DEI Initiatives – Emory Libraries Blog

“Emory Libraries have long invested in our own and external organizations’ efforts to create a more equitable and open scholarly communications system. Library spending is no longer just about purchasing materials and providing access, but also for supporting these initiatives which benefit Emory researchers and students and the research community at large. This year our funding expanded to include new read-and-publish agreements and membership in the Open Education Network. Beginning in 2008 with an investment in the Hathi Trust, Emory Libraries has expanded its support for external open access and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives every year, and we are pleased to support over 20 projects to date. 

Here is a snapshot of the external initiatives supported by Emory Libraries funding. 

By helping to fund the missions of Knowledge Unlatched, Annual Reviews, Direct to Open, and University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission, Emory Libraries help to make publications open for everyone, not just subscribing libraries. 

Emory Libraries help support organizations that make knowledge and culture available and discoverable through ORCID, SPARC, the Authors Alliance, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), and the Open Education Network (OEN). In addition, the libraries support DEI practices through a partnership with the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC).  

Through generous funding, Emory Libraries supports the digitization and preservation efforts of materials from historically underrepresented groups, and open access publishing of alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals with the HathiTrust, punctum books, Reveal Digital, the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA), and the Global Press Archive. 

The Libraries also provide support for Emory researchers who wish to publish open access through a collection of read–and–publish agreements with the American Chemical Society, Cambridge University Press, the Institute of Physics, and the Royal Society….”

Emory University joins HELIOS; Emory Libraries’ Lisa Macklin will serve as representative

“Emory University has joined the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS), a collective launched in spring 2022 to advance and promote open research. Associate vice provost and university librarian Lisa Macklin will serve as the Emory representative.

More than 80 colleges and universities that are committed to advancing open research and scholarship have become HELIOS members to date, including Duke, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Purdue, Stanford and Yale universities and the University of Georgia.

HELIOS includes members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). Higher education leaders affiliated with NASEM came together to create a community of practice to promote a more transparent, inclusive and trustworthy ecosystem of open scholarship. 

Emory’s participation in the HELIOS initiative will enhance the ongoing work at Emory around open access and open scholarship and the Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Office….”

Open Access Monographs: Digital Scholarship as Catalyst – Digital Science

“In an effort to take stock of the wide range of innovative practices and system-changing interventions that characterize a growing body of digital scholarly publications, Brown University and Emory University co-hosted a summit in spring 2021. The intention from the start was to call attention to the faculty-led experimentation that was taking place across a number of libraries and humanities centers, some of which already involved university presses. Shifting the focus away from tools and technology, as important as those discussions remain to the larger scholarly communications ecosystem, the summit emphasized author and audience needs and opportunities. As such, it highlighted the importance of investing in a people-centric, content-driven infrastructure.

Case studies of eight recently published or in-development OA works provided the basis for in-depth, evidence-based discussions among scholars, academic staff experts, and representatives from university presses: What models for publishing enhanced and interactive scholarly projects are emerging? What are the common challenges that remain and how do we address them? How can we encourage a shared vocabulary for these reimagined forms of humanities scholarship among the wider scholarly communications community? …”

Emory Libraries announce open access publishing agreement with Cambridge University Press

“Emory University researchers can publish their work “open access” in all Cambridge University Press journals without paying a publishing cost, thanks to an agreement between Emory Libraries and Cambridge University Press.

Open-access journals don’t charge libraries or readers to access their articles. Instead, they pass along the cost to authors through an article-publishing fee that can range from $500 to more than $10,000. The agreement with Cambridge University Press exempts Emory researchers from paying that fee….”

Open Access Librarian

“The Emory University Libraries seek an Open Access Librarian to contribute to our growing scholarly communications program and to further our commitment to open access (OA) and open educational practices (OEPs). The ideal candidate will be someone who is interested in helping us develop innovative approaches to OA and OEP outreach, promotion, and education; who shares the Libraries’ commitment to social justice; who is committed to student and faculty success; and who is able to work successfully in a collaborative environment….”

Emory receives $1.2 million grant to help shape future of scholarly publishing | Emory University | Atlanta, GA

“Emory College of Arts and Sciences has launched a $1.2 million effort that positions it to be a national leader in the future of scholarly publishing. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding the multiyear initiative to support long-form, open-access publications in the humanities in partnership with university presses.

The idea to explore new models for humanities publishing was born out of a working group of faculty and administrators headed by Michael A. Elliott, interim Emory College dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of English.

‘Emory is a good place for this because we have faculty that are adventurous in their disciplinary interests and already thinking of addressing multiple audiences,’ Elliott says. ‘It will be rigorous scholarship, available to everyone.’

Led by the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the endeavor will bring together efforts in Emory College, Emory Libraries, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

At the helm is Sarah McKee, most recently managing editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia. She arrived this month as the Fox Center’s senior associate director of publishing, tasked with rolling out ventures that publish humanities monographs as digital publications.

The project will run through 2020 and calls for Emory to share the cost and benefit of publishing new long-form works.”