Collins, Ellen and Stone, Graham (2014) Open access monographs and the role of the library. Insights, 27 (S1). pp. 11-16. ISSN 2048-7754

This article discusses the thoughts of a humanities researcher in relation to open access (OA) publishing. If OA books are to succeed, they need to operate in a way that works for academic libraries. Humanities researchers rely upon libraries to help them find and access many of the books they need for their research. Furthermore, many business models require direct input from librarians in the form of funding for first-copy costs or alternative formats. This article uses interviews with librarians and repository managers at four UK universities to consider some key issues for OA monographs from the point of view of librarians, and concludes with a reflection on these findings from the point of view of the University of Huddersfield’s Library.

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