KU Spotlight Newsletter: Spring 2022

KU Spotlight Newsletter: Spring 2022

Dear Librarians,

Welcome to the Spring 2022 issue of KU's newsletter.

As we do every year in May, we launched a new pledging round earlier this month, with a range of collections and models to help you support Open Access (OA) content and infrastruture.

Owing to the overwhelming support of last year's KU Focus Collection on Climate Change, this year we are offering not only a new collection of books on Climate Change but also another KU Focus Collection on Global Health. 

We have also launched a brand new initiative designed to support researchers with insufficient access to funding and remain invested in what has worked well in the past, including four Subscribe-to-Open initiatives for journals and various book collections in collaboration with our partners. Our well-known collection, KU Select HSS Books, is still, of course, our core offering.

To help you understand the scope of this year's pledging options, we will hold a series of webinars soon, so be sure to register for the webinar in your region.

We look forward to another year of working together.

Stay well.

Alexandra, Archana, Carolina, Carolyn, Catherine, Elaine, Laurens, Max, Mirela, Neil, Olaf, Pablo, Wilson, and Sven​​​​


KU Open Opportunities: Peace and Justice

This year, KU is launching a model we hope will become standard across our collections. In partnership with the University of Michigan Press, we want researchers who have insufficient access to funding to participate in the global reach that OA publication affords. This new model will initially consist of at least 30 percent of this content but will expand in future years as it becomes established.

Opening new opportunities to all academics, including lecturers, independent scholars, emeritus faculty, and PhD candidates, the KU Open Opportunities model aligns wherever possible with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As we see daily, the struggle for democratization and political participation is ongoing, affecting a great many people in countless different ways. This is why the first KU Open Opportunities package focuses on Peace and Justice.

Responsible Management and the SDGs

Featuring books from the fields of business and management, HR and organisation studies, economics, tourism and hospitality, property management and built environment, and other related fields, this package has a distinct focus on responding to and achieving the UN's SDGs, with a particular focus on SDGs 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

Key topics include: diversity, inclusion and gender and racial equity in the workplace; sustainable supply chains; supporting economic growth in developing countries; ending forced labour, modern slavery, and human trafficking; and more.

Browse KU's 2022 brochure


Pledge & Support

Libraries may pledge support for the collections and initiatives of their choice by logging into the KU Portal or by getting in touch with their KU representative. The new collections may be browsed by subject on KU's homepage.

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