US Libraries meet the Open Book Collective workshop, June 03, 2022


Participating stakeholders:

external: Iowa State University, Syracuse University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Denver, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota Libraries, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, Yale University.

internal: punctum books.

➡️🔍🖺 Documentation available here: U.S. Library 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 2020, U.S. libraries participated in a workshops led by members of the COPIM project (Community-led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs), who at that time were seeking opinions from librarians regarding consortial library funding for open-access books and building an organization and platform. As a result of these discussions, members of COPIM’s Work Package 2 will be launching the Open Book Collective, a membership organization and a funding platform for a diverse array of of open-access publishers and publishing service providers. On June 3, 2022, in the second of two workshops, WP2 members follow up with these librarians about the current state of the OBC and receive further feedback about the platform.

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