What's New? A big collection launch, UMP EBC COVID-19 update, and a new Mellon grant announcement

What We’ve Been Up To

BAR Publishing Launch We’re excited to announce that our latest (and now, the second largest) collection of ebooks is live on Fulcrum. BAR Publishing (publisher of British Archaeological Reports), a mission-driven specialist publisher in archaeological research located in Oxford, has launched the first-ever digital version of their extensive frontlist and backlist, going back over 40 years and encompassing nearly 3,000 titles (with hundreds more yet to come). The collection is for sale to libraries, and available here: https://www.fulcrum.org/barpublishing.

Mellon Foundation Grant Announcement

We are pleased to announce Michigan Publishing has received $750,000 in support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to re-envision the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection (ACLS HEB) on Fulcrum. The Foundation’s generous investment will strengthen Fulcrum’s capacity to support large collections of ebooks. The focus will be on developing new ways to explore the corpus, richer usage reporting, and interoperability with other tools and platforms. The two-year grant also supports a program of research and engagement aimed at enriching ACLS HEB’s value to publishers, learned societies, and libraries. Read more on the ACLS HEB blog.

Free-to-Read University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC)

In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” University of Michigan Press has made all 1,150+ titles in the UMP EBC free-to-read through June 30, 2020. For more information about the UMP EBC, current title list, and how to purchase (including the spring discount offer), please visit press.umich.edu/librarians.

New Fulcrum Video

If you’d like to learn more about Fulcrum, check out this new video created by Bigfoot Media. It describes how the platform supports scholars in publishing their digital research in new ways.

New Lever Press Titles

Our team has been busy publishing several new open access titles from Lever Press, including Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America by Christine Henseler (an optimistic read for troubling times), Vinyl Theory by Jeffrey R. Di Leo, and Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive by Bethany Hicok (which can also be found in the OAPEN Library).

Where to Find Us

We’re disappointed we won’t be able to connect with many of you at our usual roundup of spring conferences, but we’re excited to participate in the conferences that have decided to continue virtually! Be sure to check our Twitter (@fulcrumpub) for updates about where and when we’ll be participating.