KU Selection Committee
Members of the KU Selection Committee have an active say in selecting the quality and scope of titles we will include in the KU Select HSS Books Collection through a quick and easy voting process in our online portal. Members have between 20th March and 13th April 2023 to review the publishers' submissions and make their selections. Based on the experiences thus far, the voting process takes two hours, depending on how many subject packages are selected.
New KU Selection Committee Members 2023
The KU Selection Committee currently comprises more than 250 librarians from all over the world. We are now looking for new members to enhance this team of librarian experts and librarians in Humanities and Social Sciences, selecting the most relevant content for KU Select 2024 HSS Books. We look forward to welcoming new members to the KU Selection Committee.
New in 2023
Knowledge Unlatched is a leading partner in making content open access, especially social sciences and humanities books. Open access is vital to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: the SDGs. From experiences with our collections on Climate Change and Global Health, we are organizing the content for KU Select 2024 in SDG subject packages to emphasize the applied value and impact of the content to supporting institutions and the world. The SDGs are commonly agreed to provide a shared and strategic blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future — for all of us.
Last year, we did a pilot for KU Open Opportunities in collaboration with the University of Michigan Press, and we are applying principles from the pilot to KU Select 2024. We will reserve up to 10% of unlatched titles for researchers with insufficient funding for fee-based Open Access publishing. These are typically contingent, independent, unaffiliated, early-career researchers with limited institutional support. The titles will undergo the same selection committee review as all titles.
Library supporters increasingly want to support frontlist rather than backlist titles, and in KU Select 2024, we will only offer to unlatch frontlist titles. We may revisit backlist titles in future collections.
We want you to join this diverse international library community that supports Open Access!