Knowledge Unlatched: a new model for open access books


Tue, Apr 1, 2014

In and Around the Library

4-1-2014 9-16-11 AM

The Gordon Library is excited to be participating in a new model for open access scholarly books.  Knowledge Unlatched is a partnership between libraries and publishers wherein libraries collectively agree to pay publication costs and the publishers then make books available digitally through OAPEN.  The books are completely open access, their authors are charged no fees, and researchers around the world benefit.  Almost 300 libraries in 24 countries are participating in the initial “unlatching” of 28 titles from such prestigious publishers as Cambridge University Press, Duke, Brill, De Gruyter, and others.

The initiative is creating some buzz in higher education circles.  The April 1, 2014 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education included it as one of its top news entries of the day.

Almost all of these books are already available and soon you will be able to search for them just like any other resource in the library.  Right now, you can find them here.





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Karen Bohrer

- who has written 25 posts on Gordon Library.

As the Collections Assessment and Development Librarian, I try to make sure that the library has the resources needed to serve the entire WPI community. I've been with the Gordon Library since January 2014.

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