Amherst College Press selected to partner with University of Michigan and a consortium of libraries to establish a new, open access, scholarly press
In a move that gives libraries direct responsibility for helping to solve some of publishing’s problems, and that puts liberal arts colleges at the table of scholarly publishing, the Amherst College Press will partner with Michigan Publishing and a consortium of 80 college libraries to launch a new academic press.
The Oberlin Group, a consortium of 80 libraries in America's top liberal arts colleges, has selected the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing as its partners for the impending launch of Lever Press. Inspired by Archimedes’ hope to move the earth with a lever long enough and a solid place to stand, Lever Press is a collaborative, open-access scholarly publishing enterprise driven by the values, ambitions, and imagination of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.
According to Michael Roy, Dean of the Library at Middlebury College, “Lever Press will provide a platform for a group of small liberal arts colleges to combine resources in the service of making a difference in the way in which scholarship is produced, shared, and preserved. We are committed to leading by example, and in contributing to broader changes that will allow scholarship to be produced in a way that is sustainable, makes creative use of the affordances of the Internet, and is able to reach a global audience. Our partnership with Amherst and Michigan provides us with a depth of experience and a mature publishing infrastructure that will allow us to quickly establish ourselves in the marketplace, and will provide our authors with the services and resources they need to transform their ideas into world-class scholarship.”