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Big Ten Open Books Project Launches First Collection

By University Libraries Staff

University of Maryland Libraries and other libraries in the Big Ten Academic Alliance announced the launch of the Big Ten Open Books Project, a collaboration between the university presses and libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

The first 100-title collection, centered on gender and sexuality studies, were previously published in print by six partnering university presses and are now openly available in digital form to read and reuse at no cost.

The collection brings to readers a wide variety of materials in arts, humanities, and social science disciplines that are centered on gender and sexuality themes. The collection’s impact will be seen through its broad sharing of knowledge and high-quality scholarship. Big Ten Open Books creates ebook collections that aspire to the highest standards of discoverability, accessibility, durability and flexibility.

This work is aligned with the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s development of the BIG Collection's ambition of uniting the collections of the libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and is supported by the Mellon Foundation's Public Knowledge program. The partner presses are Indiana University Press, Michigan State University Press, Northwestern University Press, Purdue University Press, University of Michigan Press and University of Wisconsin Press.

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