Here you can find a collection of resources on open access books for libraries put together by the Open Access Books Network.
‘Open Access Book Programs: Answering Libraries’ Questions’ by Sharla Lair
This post by Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS, addresses two key questions that many in the library community are 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? Find out more in Sharla’s post.
This video series seeks to dispel a number of key myths around OA books. In these short videos, common statements are addressed by fellow community members, informally known as ‘the OA Mythbusters’. Read more about the series.
OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit
The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit aims to help book authors to better understand open access book publishing and to increase trust in open access books. This free and public information resource includes a vast number of short articles on open access book publishing following the research lifecycle, which may be helpful for you and your authors interested in open access book publishing. Access the toolkit.
The Open Book Collective (OBC)
The Open Book Collective brings together OA publishers, OA publishing service providers, libraries, and other research institutions to create a new, mutually supportive ecosystem for the thriving of OA book publishing. The Collective is a charity that includes librarians in its governance, and a trusted initiative where libraries can find out more about — and support — open access presses. Find out more about the OBC.
This series is a collection of five talks with humanities scholars from different disciplines about their research and (open access) book project. In this series, they share good practices and innovative ways regarding the writing, production, and technicalities of publishing an open access book. These approaches may be of interest to publishers and their future authors. Access the series.
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