Giving New Life to Old Books: The NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program

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Friday, June 17, 3:30–4:45 PM
Chair: Dean J. Smith, Director, Cornell University Press
Panelists: Brett Bobley, Director, Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities; Jane Bunker, Director, Northwestern University Press; Emily Nowak, Marketing Manager, Wayne State University Press; Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Florida; Donald J. Waters, Senior Program Officer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Steven C. Wheatley, Vice President, American Council of Learned Societies

Over the past decade, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities have made key grants to explore the challenges and opportunities of an evolving scholarly publishing ecosystem. A new joint grant program, Humanities Open Book, offers funding to unlock the contents of previously published, out-of-print humanities books by digitizing and disseminating them to a wide public audience. In 2015, the NEH and Mellon awarded approximately $775,000 to open up more than 500 titles to the public for free, forever. The session will include a lightning round featuring the program's inaugural grantees as well as a roundtable discussion on best practices for such issues as rights clearance and marketing digital content.

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