June 24, 2021

New Pilot Program: University of Maryland Libraries and Partners Launch TOME@UMD

From the U. of Maryland Libraries:

The University of Maryland has joined TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a national initiative to advance open-access publishing of monographs in the humanities and social sciences. TOME aims to make important long-form scholarship available to readers across the globe, without cost and permission barriers, by creating a system in which academic institutions subsidize the publication of open access books.

For its initial two-year pilot program, TOME@UMD will sponsor the publication of open access, digital monographs by UMD faculty members, awarding three grants of up to $15,000 each. Funded monographs must be published by a participating university press under a Creative Commons (CC) license and must be made openly accessible through a digital repository, such as DRUM – the Digital Repository for University of Maryland.

“Scholarly monographs are a critical form of knowledge dissemination in the arts, humanities, and social sciences,” said Linda Aldoory, Associate Dean for Research and Programming in the College of Arts and Humanities. “Yet, these books are often expensive and not readily available to audiences without institutional access to academic libraries or research libraries. Publishing open access books is one way to disseminate this research freely to a wider audience.”

Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries, added: “I’m proud that UMD has joined a growing number of partner institutions committed to promoting broader access to book-length, scholarly research. Our new grant-funding program serves as an investment toward thisim, helps faculty members meet their publication goals, and provides an incentive for publishers to work with academic partners on more sustainable, open access publishing models.”

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TOME is a joint initiative of the Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of University Presses. TOME@UMD will be led by the University Libraries in partnership with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the College of Arts and Humanities.

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