by CHARLES WATKINSON on MARCH 17, 2020
In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” University of Michigan Press will make all content in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read for the remainder of the academic term.
Beginning on Friday, March 20, access restrictions will be removed for all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC until the end of April 2020. The UMP EBC contains the Press’s scholarly output published since 2012 as well as new books and older titles as they are digitized.
Included in the Collection are over 200 titles used in student courses and almost 300 award-winners. Strengths include political science and public (including health) policy, performing arts, classical and medieval studies, American studies, and Area studies (especially East Asian, African, and German studies).
“As universities and colleges switch to remote methods for instruction and research, we’re keen to support academic continuity,” said Lanell White, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Outreach. “It is thanks to the libraries who have supported the development of our ebook collection through their purchases that we have the resources to extend free access during this challenging time.”
The free access to the UMP EBC allows users to read books without restriction on the Press’s award-winning Fulcrum ebook platform, developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. DRM-free downloadable versions, perpetual access, and other benefits remain reserved for libraries that purchase the 2020 or any other annual collection. Special pricing through LYRASIS is currently available until end of May 2020.
Lanell White, Director of Sales, Marketing, and Outreach
Michigan Publishing | University of Michigan Press
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.