UK Libraries meet the Open Book Collective workshop, May 04, 2022


Participating stakeholders:

external: University of York, University of Sussex, University of Leeds, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, Sheffield Hallam University

internal: Lancaster Universiy, Open Book Publishers, Coventry University.

➡️🔍🖺 Documentation available here: UK Libraries Outreach Workshop


COPIM (Community-Led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs) is a 3.5-year project funded by Research England and Arcadia, that will develop and build the critical underlying modular components to support the sustainable publication of open access (OA) books, including infrastructures, business models, governance procedures, re-use strategies, preservation structures, and outreach programs. These systems and infrastructures will be open and collectively managed for the common good. Towards this end, COPIM aims to develop a significantly enriched not-for-profit and open source ecosystem for OA book publishing that will support and sustain a diversity of publishing initiatives and models, particularly in humanities and social sciences publishing. Project aims:

COPIM is creating the Open Book Collective (OBC), an open, community-led community and platform for libraries and other supporters to support OA presses and service providers - a structure which we are developing together with the community of stakeholders (academics, publishers, librarians, researchers, and knowledge managers) that will be involved in and will be supporting and relying on the infrastructures, workflows and systems that COPIM is creating for open access monographs. We want to emphasize horizontalist and cooperative knowledge-sharing endeavours between communities of professional-public academic practice.

Workshop aims:

In the first of two workshops, the WP2 team invites key representatives of the UK library community to provide feedback both on the OBC’s platform in development as well as its communications strategy. This includes WP2 members ‘pitching’ to participants and participants providing constructive feedback, both in plenary and breakout sessions.

Header image by Nicola Nuttall on Unsplash