Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit initiative helping libraries to share the costs of making books Open Access. James Cook University Library is participating as a charter member of Knowledge Unlatched.
They were recently nominated as a finalist in the Australasian Knowledge Commercialisation awards. This is a people's choice award so anybody can vote.
If you are wondering who benefits from this:
Knowledge Unlatched's mission can be summarised as follows:
The current system for publishing scholarly books is not working for anyone. Monographs in the humanities and social sciences, in particular, are in crisis.
Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing this through libraries working together to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books. Knowledge Unlatched will secure long-term cost savings for institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence. Supporting Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched will not cost more than simply purchasing a more traditionally published title.
Learn more about how it works on their webpage. And cast a vote.