Knowledge Unlatched at the British Library
JISC Collections, in partnership with OAPEN Foundation, held a two-day international conference on the 1st and 2nd of July at the British Library to raise awareness of open access for monographs. The objective was to increase understanding of key challenges and identify where international common policies and frameworks could support the adoption of open access monograph publishing – especially in the humanities and social sciences.
Knowledge Unlatched was strongly represented at the conference: Frances Pinter was invited to give a presentation during the “Promising Business Models” session about KU; Lucy Montgomery gave a presentation on altmetrics during Professor Tom Cochrane’s session entitled “How exactly do you get your monograph published in open access?”; Shana Kimball, KU’s new North America Lead, gave a presentation on MPublishing in her other capacity as Business Development Manager at the New York Public Library. In addition, both Leon Loberman and Christina Emery attended as spectators.
The conference provided us with an excellent opportunity to meet together the next day complete with Shana who had flown in from New York. We had a jam-packed agenda to get through and had several invaluable brainstorming sessions, the results of which you should see in the coming months. Hazel Woodward and Tom Cochrane, from our Advisory Board, also joined us for our lively ‘away day’.
(l-r: Frances Pinter, Christina Emery, Leon Loberman, Shana Kimball, Lucy Montgomery)