January 25, 2022

Council of Library Resources and NITLE to Launch A Digital Academic Publishing Program Named Anvil Academic

From  a Joint News Release:

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) announce the formation of Anvil Academic, a digital publisher for the humanities. Anvil will focus on publishing new forms of scholarship that cannot be adequately conveyed in the traditional monograph.

“Increasingly, research in the humanities is dependent on large data sets and involves sophisticated algorithms and visualizations in the execution of that research and in the construction of the products of scholarship. Anvil will capture the environment in which this research is conducted: a linked ecology of scholarly expression, data, and tools of analysis that will over time become itself a place for new knowledge discovery,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry.

Works published through Anvil will be available through Creative Commons licenses on the Web and as apps on portable devices. The title production system will be developed jointly by NITLE and CLIR for use by other institutions, each of which would have the opportunity to publish under its own imprint. It is expected that Anvil will publish its first title in late 2012.

All of Anvil’s scholarly works will conform to the standards and protocols articulated by the Digital Public Library of America; Anvil will also work closely with the technical requirements of Europeana and Open Access Publishing in the European Network (OAPEN) guidelines.


The program received startup funding from the Brown Foundation, Inc., in Houston, Texas. Stanford University, the University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College, Amherst College, Middlebury College, and Southwestern University will also provide funds and staffing. Anvil Academic Publishing will work closely with innovative programs developed by the University of Michigan, especially MPublishing, and draw on Johns Hopkins University’s exemplary experience with digital humanities project development.


Anvil’s Board of Directors includes

  • Edward Ayers, President, University of Richmond
  • Sam Black, Attorney, Washington, D.C.
  • Charles Henry, President, CLIR, and Co-Chair of the Board
  • Michael Keller, University Librarian, Publisher, Highwire, Stanford University
  • Shana Kimball, Interim Head, MPublishing, University of Michigan
  • W. Joseph King, Executive Director, NITLE, and Co-Chair of the Board
  • Fred Moody, Program Officer for Libraries and Scholarly Communication, NITLE; Editor-in-Chief, Anvil Academic Publishing
  • Stephen G. Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities Emeritus, and Research
    Professor, Department of German and Romance Languages, Johns Hopkins University
  • Katherine Rowe, Chair, English Department, Bryn Mawr College
  • Michael Roy, L. Douglas and Laura J. Meredith Dean of Library and Information Services, and Chief Information Officer, Middlebury College
  • Elliott Shore, Chief Information Officer and Professor of History, Bryn Mawr College
  • Andrew Stauffer, Director, NINES, Department of English, University of Virginia
  • Gary Wihl, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.