Opening the Future welcomes newest library supporter, Portland State University

Posted by Tom Grady on July 30, 2021 at 1122

CEU Press and COPIM are pleased to announce that the library at Portland State University (PSU) is the latest subscriber member to Opening the Future (OtF). Founded in 1946, PSU in Oregon grew into a diverse public research university and now has 26,000 students and more than 200 degree programs in subjects ranging from Accounting to World History.

PSU is one of the first libraries to choose an ‘OA Supporter Membership’ with OtF. Some institutions may not wish to sign up to one of our book packages, or may not be able to, but they still want to support the Open Access mission and monographs that CEU Press publishes. For these institutions we created the OA Supporter Membership. With this choice there are no backlist books to incorporate into the library’s catalogue but their membership fee allows CEU Press to make new books open in ways that do not burden authors without research grants to pay book processing charges. 

Emily Poznanski, CEU Press Director, welcoming Portland State to the programme, said “Portland State University, like other members supporting our initiative, are contributing to levelling the playing field for authors as well as readers; they are helping the Press to provide a more cost-effective way of publishing scholarly research and passing those savings on to the library community.”

CEU Press will only use the library’s membership fees to produce new (and otherwise unfunded) frontlist titles in an open access format. CEU Press is a leading publisher in the history of communism and transitions to democracy; it is widely recognised as the foremost English-language university press dedicated to research on Central and Eastern Europe and the former communist countries. 

If you would like to see how your library might similarly enhance their digital collection of eBooks by becoming a member of CEU Press's Opening the Future (OtF), you can read more about the programme and benefits on the website.