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“The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.” (Open Library of Humanities)

 

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We are extremely pleased to announce that the University of British Columbia Library has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership Subsidy system. UBC consistently ranks as one of the world’s top research universities. Globally connected, UBC attracts the highest calibre of research faculty and students and more than $500 million in research funding each year.

 

The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.

 

Professor Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed the University of British Columbia Library: “It is really fantastic to have UBC as a supporter of the OLH model for open access in the humanities. It is clear that OA has benefits for all disciplines. The challenge has been in finding a model that can support OA outside of the natural sciences. With the help of institutions such as the University of British Columbia, we will continue to expand the OLH’s efforts.”

 

Full OLH news release here

 

Above image and text excerpt are courtesy of OLH

 

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What’s in a number? Let’s start with this one: 430-2011-006. This number corresponds to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project (Council Grant number 430-2011-006) conducted by a number of undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers in libraries and archives alike. While their mission was to “advance [their] knowledge of the character of film exhibition in the early part of the 20th century in Vancouver, with a specific focus on 1914 as a case study”, they did more than just that.
 

By ‘examining Vancouver street directories to identify performance spaces, including what was termed “legitimate” theatre (performance of live plays), vaudeville theatres, and purpose built cinemas, they plotted these spaces onto a map of Vancouver in order to track the number and location of these theatres/cinemas’. So what was the result? They made some interesting data and contextual discoveries about not only the 1914 history of cinemagoing in Vancouver but also a comparison with Winnipeg and Seattle as well as a comparison with Toronto and Montreal.

Interestingly, this SSHRC project included cIRcle right from the beginning. As per Brian McIlroy, he has ‘created stand-alone websites in the past but [he] was concerned about the visibility and maintenance of these sites’. In cIRcle, he knew it would be most “useful to have a permanent and accessible record of the research data on which further analysis will be made” now and into the future.

Visit the Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914 collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/45204.
 

Did You Know?

There are 14 Faculty of Arts sub-communities with several diverse collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository: Anthropology, Arts ISIT, Asian Studies, Central, Eastern, Northern European Studies (CENES), Economics (Vancouver School of), English, Geography, History, Metropolis British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Film (Dept of). Browse them by visiting: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/987.

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