Open Access Books Network becomes an OPERAS Special Interest Group | Open Access Books Network

The Open Access Books Network (OABN) is pleased to share that it has become an OPERAS Special Interest Group (SIG), and as such it is now formally supported by OPERAS, the European Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area.

OA Mythbusters, Episode 7: If I publish my book Open Access, I won’t have control over my work. | Open Access Book Network @ YouTube

Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at the University of London’s Birkbeck College, busts a widespread myth about OA books: If I publish my book Open Access, I won’t have control over my work.

Open Access Books-Making it Work | Liverpool John Moores University community on YouTube

This roundtable discussion, chaired by Tom Mosterd, one of the three coordinators at the Open Access Books Network (OABN) and Community Manager at the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), will highlight three different experiences of how to make Open Access book publishing work in an equitable and sustainable way:

Charles Watkinson (Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of University of Michigan Press) will share his experience from a more ‘traditional’ university publisher that is now developing a consortial library publishing programme, called Fund to Mission, to significantly step up their OA book publishing and to move away from a Book Processing Charge (BPC) model as they do so.

Demmy Verbeke (Head of Artes, KU Leuven Libraries and associate professor of Open Scholarship at the Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven) will discuss how KU Leuven Libraries have developed a fund called Fair OA Fund, which has been designed to make sure there is institutional money available to support innovative and non-profit OA initiatives, including books, journals, and infrastructure, alongside APCs/BPCs and TAs.

Lucy Barnes (COPIM and Open Book Publishers) will talk about building community-owned and governed infrastructure to support and expand the publication of OA books, and the importance of international partnerships in funding, sharing and publishing OA.

OA Books Workouts, episode 3. Interview with Miklos Kiss | Zenodo

This interview is one of the outputs of the online series OA Books Workouts: Scholars at Work, a project of the Open Access Books Network. The aim of the series is to share good practices regarding the writing, production, and technicalities of publishing an open access book.

Miklóss Kiss is Associate Professor of Audiovisual Arts and Cognition at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research focuses on contemporary audiovisual media, intersecting the fields of narrative and cognitive film theories.

Open café for small university presses: an update, Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 3pm (GMT) | Open Access Books Network

Last week, around 20 people from a number of presses gathered online to meet one another and discuss key areas of interest for small university presses publishing Open Access books—particularly those areas in which collaborative problem-solving, information-sharing, collective action or mutual support might be valuable.

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“Just doing it”: Five Talks on Digital Scholarship and Open Book Publishing | Open Access Books Network

In this post, Jeroen Sondervan reflects on the OA Workouts: Scholars at Work series he hosted for the Open Access Books Network, discussing what we learned and what others might draw from these examples of open scholarship. If you are interested in hosting a series yourself, or if you have ideas about what you’d like to see covered in future events, email info@oabooksnetwork.org.

Small university presses and OA books: come and join us! Thursday, Jan 27, 2022, 3pm (GMT) | Open Access Books Network

This year at the OABN, among other topics we want to focus on the challenges that small university presses face when publishing OA books — either in addition to a closed-access list, or as an entirely OA press.

The issues faced by smaller university presses when publishing OA are often different to the big publishers, and more akin to those tackled by small academic-led presses such as those that form the ScholarLed collective. The OABN coordinators (Agata, Lucy and Tom) are interested in finding out whether the OABN could be a useful forum for smaller university presses to gather and share knowledge and best practices, devise solutions to common issues, and ask for information or advice from the broader OABN community on any subject related to OA books. With this in mind, we are holding an Open Cafe on Thursday 27th January at 3pm GMT (details below).

Making new connections: year two of the OABN | Open Access Books Network

 by Lucy Barnes

The OABN was officially launched in September last year, so 2021 marked both our first full calendar year and the beginning of our second twelve months of activities. It’s been a year of spreading our wings, holding increasingly ambitious events and welcoming many more members to the OABN: here we offer a quick rundown of the year’s highlights.

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OA BOOKS WORKOUTS. SCHOLARS AT WORK. EPISODE 2 WITH LUCY MONTGOMERY Tickets, Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite

“The Open Access Books Network announces a series of online events organised and hosted by Jeroen Sondervan, in which scholars from different academic fields will present their open access book project. They will give an insight into their project, followed by a conversation about how it came to be an open access book and what challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered. We will also dive into how technologies like new publishing software, innovative workflow processes, book sprinting and open peer review have shaped the project. The audience is invited to join the conversation and share questions, thoughts, ideas and good practices.

For the second event we welcome Professor Lucy Montgomery of Curtin University to talk about her latest project Open Knowledge Institutions….”

Open Access Book Programs: Answering Libraries’ Questions | Open Access Books Network

By Sharla Lair (Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, LYRASIS)

The library community is looking for new ways to use the funds they steward to open more scholarly content. There are fairly established strategies for funding open access (OA) journals, but many librarians have been asking:

What are the opportunities to direct funds to make scholarly books OA? And how do libraries evaluate these programs to determine whether library funds should be used to support them?

 

OA Book Programs: What are they and where to find them

The following is a fairly comprehensive list of OA book programs that are actively seeking funding from the library community:

Central European University Press Opening the Future
Knowledge Unlatched
Language Science Press
Liverpool University Press Opening the Future
Lever Press
Luminos
LYRASIS United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund
MIT Press Direct to Open
Open Book Publishers
Punctum Books
Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)
University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission

Various entities are aggregating lists of these programs so that they are easier for libraries to find:

In the United States, LYRASIS maintains a list of all of the OA programs they support, including books programs.
Jisc also acts as a hub of OA ebook programs for UK institutions.
Libraries can also look to their peers for guidance. Some libraries are listing the programs they support like KU Leuven and the University of Kansas.

Evaluating Open Access Books Programs

Once you know where you can find these programs, you then need to evaluate them to determine whether your library wants to dedicate part of its budget to support any of them. It can be overwhelming to evaluate these programs, especially with decreasing staff and resources. So where is the best place to start? Libraries that do participate in OA book programs usually start by asking a few questions.

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OA Books Workouts: Scholars at work | An Open Access Book Network event series

OA BOOKS WORKOUTS: SCHOLARS AT WORK

This series, hosted by Jeroen Sondervan, features different scholars talking about publishing Open Access books. Hear more about their projects, why they chose Open Access, and the challenges and triumphs they experienced along the way!

19 October 2021 (2-3PM BST / 3-4PM CEST): Janneke Adema, Living Books. Book your place here (it’s free!)

9 November 2021 (11.30AM-12.30PM GMT / 12.30-1.30PM CET): Lucy Montgomery, Open Knowledge Institutions. Book your place here (it’s free!)

30 November 2021 (2-3PM GMT / 3-4PM CET): Miklos Kiss, Film Studies in Motion. Book your place here (it’s free!)

14 December 2021 (2-3PM GMT / 3-4PM CET): Jeff Pooley, Social Media & The Self: An Open Reader. Book your place here (it’s free!)

11 January 2022 (2-3PM GMT / 3-4PM CET): Whitney Trettien, Cut/Copy/Paste. Book your place here (it’s free!)

OA Books Workouts: Scholars at work. Episode 1 with Janneke Adema. Tue, Oct 19, 2021 @ 3:00 PM (CEST) | Eventbrite

The Open Access Books Network organises a series of online events where scholars from different academic fields will present their open access book project. During the session they will briefly present their project, followed by a conversation about how the project came to be an open access book and what challenges they’ve encountered. During this talk we will also dive into how technologies like new publishing software, workflow processes, book sprinting and open peer review have shaped the project. The audience is invited to join the conversation and share thoughts, ideas and good practices.