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HZ-254314-17

Fordham University (Bronx, NY 10458-9993)
Frederic Nachbaur (Project Director: 09/13/2016 to present)

The Humanities Open Book Program of Fordham University Press

Digitization and production of 21 freely accessible ebooks initially published by Fordham University Press, with an emphasis on American philosophy.

Fordham University Press (the Press) seeks support to make twenty-one significant books on American philosophy more accessibly available through Open Access models, via institutional digital platforms, and in print formats by way of manufacturing on-demand technology. The Press has published more than 3,000 scholarly books since its founding in 1907 and has long been recognized as a leading American publisher of philosophy scholarship. As such, we seek funding from the Humanities Open Book Program to revitalize and promote a selection of “lost” titles from our American Philosophy series. The twenty-one titles proposed for digitization represent those studies that have stood the test of time but that were released before digital publishing technology had fully matured. With the addition of these twenty-one, the Press’s complete catalog in American Philosophy will be available in high-quality, digital-native publications for the use of scholars into the foreseeable future.

Project fields:
Philosophy, General

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$81,381 (approved)
$81,381 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


HZ-254284-17

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Dean Smith (Project Director: 09/13/2016 to present)

Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University II

Digitization and creation of freely accessible ebooks for 57 titles published by Cornell University Press, including titles in anthropology, classics, political science, and literary theory.

Cornell University Press seeks $99,553 for 1 year to make 57 outstanding works of scholarship in foundational disciplines openly accessible. The Press will use the funding to (1) continue an established methodology for selecting titles by working with library selectors and scholars to include out-of-print titles in Anthropology, Classics, and Political Science; (2) extend and enhance our existing methodology by including titles in Literary Theory that will be used in courses; (3) accelerate the digitization, delivery, and rights clearance for out-of-print titles and the dissemination of OA monographs in EPUB3.0.1; and (4) promote the titles across multiple platforms (including Cornell Open, JSTOR, Project MUSE, HathiTrust and OAPEN) and assess the impact on a global scale via user surveys from librarians at 1,700 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and at the member institutions of 180 global consortia.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Literary Criticism; Political Theory

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$99,553 (approved)
$99,553 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


HZ-254286-17

Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
Annie Johnson (Project Director: 09/13/2016 to present)

Humanities Open Book Program-Temple University Press

Digitization and creation of freely accessible ebooks for 25-30 texts initially published by Temple University Press, with an emphasis on labor studies.


The Temple University Press in collaboration with Temple University Libraries requests $81,974 in funding support for a two-year effort to make 25 to 30 out-of-print labor studies titles freely available online. The project team will undertake the following activities: 1) Engage an Advisory Board made up of scholars, labor studies experts, publishers, and librarians to finalize title selections and suggest experts in the field to write forewords for the books. 2) Secure rights and permissions for selected labor studies titles published by Temple University Press from 1971 to 1992. 3) Add new forewords and create new cover art for all books. 4) Digitize and distribute books with Creative Commons licensing in EPUB 3.0.1, PDF for print-on-demand, and web-PDF formats. 5) Implement a marketing plan to broadly promote the online availability of books to scholars, college students, and the general public.

Project fields:
Labor History; Labor Relations

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$81,974 (approved)
$81,974 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


HZ-254255-17

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY 13244-0001)
Alice Pfeiffer (Project Director: 09/12/2016 to present)

Humanities Open Book Program-Syracuse University Press

Digitization and creation of freely accessible ebooks for 23 titles originally published by Syracuse University Press in Irish studies and New York State regional studies.

In preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Syracuse University Press seeks support through the joint NEH-Mellon Humanities Open Book program to digitize and make openly accessible electronic versions of approximately 23 important out-of-print humanities books from select areas of its editorial program. We will use this funding to research the books’ provenance and current rights status; to digitize and convert them to EPUB, Mobi, XML, and PDF formats; and to work with Syracuse University Libraries and Project MUSE, among other partners, to publicize and make them readily discoverable and available on any e-reading device to the general public and to a global community of students and scholars.

Project fields:
Literary Criticism; Native American Studies; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$58,291 (approved)
$58,291 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2018


HZ-234002-16

University of North Texas (Denton, TX 76203-5017)
Kevin Hawkins (Project Director: 06/09/2015 to present)

Broadening access to books on Texas and Oklahoma

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 146 books on the history of Texas and Oklahoma. The books were selected by the University of North Texas Press, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Portal to Texas History, the Texas State Historical Association, and the UNT Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services.

This two-year project, led by the University of North Texas Libraries, will broaden access to 141 books selected by one of three publishers or by the UNT Libraries for their relevance to the history of Texas and Oklahoma. It will also broaden access to five humanities-related books to be selected once the grant starts. Those books not yet available online through the Gateway to Oklahoma History, Portal to Texas History, or UNT Digital Library websites will be digitized, with full-text searching, and added to the appropriate site. All books will be converted to EPUB and Kindle formats, made available to download with the digitized version online, and added to the UNT Library Catalog and to WorldCat. The project also includes the production of "print-ready" PDFs from the scans of many of the books to allow them to be made available for sale in print again using print-on-demand technology.

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Project fields:
U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$95,599 (approved)
$95,599 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2019


HZ-233998-16

Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT 06459-3208)
Suzanna Tamminen (Project Director: 06/09/2015 to present)

Reissue as free epubs 18 foundational books in dance and theater

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 18 essential texts from Wesleyan University Press on the history of dance and theater.

Wesleyan University Press will digitize eighteen out-of-print titles from its performing arts backlist. These titles fall into two discreet but related areas, dance and theater (specifically stagecraft), and contribute to an understanding of the evolution of modernism in the performing arts. The Press will make the resulting ebooks freely available for the benefit of scholars in dance, theater and performance studies. We will promote the ebooks individually and as a group to scholars and students in dance, theater and performance studies. We will market the ebooks via email, social media, press releases, and on our web site where we will have permanent pages for each ebook as well as a page for the project, including instructions for accessing the free ebook files.

Project fields:
Dance History and Criticism; Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


HZ-234043-16

Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR 97331-8565)
Korey Jackson (Project Director: 06/10/2015 to present)

Resurfacing At-Risk Works of the Feminist Small Press

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 26 essential texts from women authors representing work originally published by the Oregon-based independent press CALYX.

Oregon State University Libraries and Press and CALYX Press are partnering to bring important literary works from the second and third waves of the feminist movement into Creative Commons (CC) licensed ePub formats. The broad aim of the project is to enable wider readership and a renewed interest in the impact of the small independent press on national and international feminist movements. More specifically, our group seeks to resurface texts from the 1970s to the present written by authors now central to contemporary feminist literature.

Project fields:
Gender Studies; Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$96,437 (approved)
$96,437 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2018


HZ-234074-16

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY 14853-2801)
Dean Smith (Project Director: 06/10/2015 to present)

Humanities Open Book Program - Cornell University

The digitization and creation of freely-accessible ebooks for 20 classic humanities texts from Cornell University Press in the areas of Slavic Studies, German Studies, and literary criticism.

Cornell University Press seeks $83,635 in funding support for a 12-month effort to make 20 outstanding works of scholarship in foundational disciplines accessible to the world. We will use the funding to: 1) test and refine a methodology for selecting out-of-print titles for the program; 2) gain experience in the digitization, delivery, rights clearance and dissemination of OA monographs in EPUB3.0.1 format; and 3) analyze the results of maximizing the discovery and usage of ebooks across multiple platforms including the Press website, institutional repositories, JSTOR and Project MUSE.

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Project fields:
German Literature; Literary Criticism; Russian History

Program:
Humanities Open Book Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$83,635 (approved)
$82,235 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016