[Lyrarl] Success for Knowledge Unlatched open access ebook initiative

Celeste Feather celeste.feather at lyrasis.org
Fri Feb 21 10:02:16 EST 2014

I am delighted to share the news that Knowledge Unlatched has exceeded its goal of 200 supporting libraries in advance of the February 28 deadline for libraries to register their pledges. More participants are still needed so that KU can show even stronger support from the library community as it advances this new open access ebook model with publishers. As more libraries join the KU pilot, the cost for all participants will be lowered from the original amount of $1,680. Of the 28 ebook titles included in the pilot collection, 20 are published by university presses.

Personally, I am enthused by the strong show of global support for this pilot project from libraries in 18 countries on 5 continents so far, and am encouraged by this development in our collective work to evolve the scholarly communication system.


From: lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:lyrarl-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Celeste Feather
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:26 PM
To: LYRASIS ARL Collection Development Contacts
Subject: [Lyrarl] Update re Knowledge Unlatched open access ebook initiative

I want to share briefly with you the latest news from Knowledge Unlatched<http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/>, the global open access scholarly ebook initiative. 36 ARL member libraries have pledged support to date, and KU continues to gather substantial support from the global library community and related organizations. Notable events in recent weeks include new arrangements with Portico, CLOCKSS, and the HathiTrust. The list of supporting libraries is newly available on the KU web site.

The pledging period has been extended to February 28. Support from organizations like Portico and HathiTrust along with the growing global support from pledging libraries makes this an exciting project to watch. Over half of the ebook content in the pilot project collection comes from university presses. If successful, KU may develop a complementary business model for university press ebooks that will be appropriate for types of content now available only through traditional models.

>From Knowledge Unlatched:

Supporters now include libraries from 11 countries on 4 continents
Supporters who have signed up to KU include a broad range of libraries and institutions such as: large research libraries, liberal arts schools, small specialized libraries, and a college prep school. Half of participating institutions are from outside North America. To see who has joined, click here<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Ybw90mHT7ZHVb0-Ze2K_lvBWHnDjHmGQyuMrzffrmdwaLPowcq3cuQgD1uP0bJXHk3RFpKuNPdGUe2ImkyqCMChDbacmaBpRWw0HPX1uZiQAZz1NtXVkXUYFAWyiTnPTLEBu1p1-aNlMCKlcI4YcGw==>.

New Preservation Arrangements
In addition to OAPEN and Hathi Trust hosting and preserving KU titles, arrangements have now been made with both Portico and CLOCKSS.

You're invited to join a webinar at 10am EST on Thursday February 6. You may sign up at this site: http://bit.ly/1akZm2U<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Ybw90mHT7ZHVb0-Ze2K_lvBWHnDjHmGQyuMrzffrmdwaLPowcq3cuQgD1uP0bJXHk3RFpKuNPdG824z7yhuf_FFe3hpHaPryabXsgKlFD1c=>. This will be recorded and available at www.knowledgeunlatched.org<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Ybw90mHT7ZHVb0-Ze2K_lvBWHnDjHmGQyuMrzffrmdwaLPowcq3cuQgD1uP0bJXHk3RFpKuNPdHJBqAOF8NfMQvDJkvpU6dknKRB8An01WStuk3jxNx-Gw==> for later viewing.

If you want to a share a quick overview, click here<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001Ybw90mHT7ZHVb0-Ze2K_lvBWHnDjHmGQyuMrzffrmdwaLPowcq3cuQgD1uP0bJXHk3RFpKuNPdHJBqAOF8NfMQvDJkvpU6dknKRB8An01WRtWsEWteezsoD0nuKx8-1SSb0ehcULgywArjtdIw16qw==>.

If you need more time
The pledging period is extended to February 28, 2014.

I'll be glad to address any questions. LYRASIS is the North American administrative agent for KU, so we are working closely with them.


Celeste Feather
Senior Licensing Program Account Manager
celeste.feather at lyrasis.org<mailto:celeste.feather at lyrasis.org>
800-999-8558 ext. 2954 (Toll-free)
678-235-2954 (Direct)
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