Trek Magazine - - Bitter Pill -

YearsY ago, UBC’sUBC’ classl of f 1932 es­tab­lished­bli an en­dow­ment meant to be used to­wards the devel­op­ment of UBC Li­brary’s col­lec­tions. At the time, they likely en­vi­sioned that the funds would go to­wards new books or a rare ac­qui­si­tion. It is im­prob­a­ble they could have imag­ined the kinds of col­lec­tions their en­dow­ment is fund­ing today, or its tremen­dous ben­e­fit for stu­dents – at UBC and be­yond.

The en­dow­ment will fund the li­brary’s an­nual con­tri­bu­tion to Knowl­edge Un­latched, an ini­tia­tive that brings to­gether li­braries from all over the world via a crowd­fund­ing plat­form to sup­port Open Ac­cess schol­arly ebooks in the hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sciences. Since its in­cep­tion in 2013, the Knowl­edge Un­latched ini­tia­tive has “un­latched” 449 ebooks, mak­ing them avail­able to read­ers world­wide.

“We were look­ing for a way to con­tinue our sup­port of Knowl­edge Un­latched this year, and the class of 1932 has come through for us,” says Ellen Ge­orge, Hu­man­i­ties & So­cial Sciences li­brar­ian at UBC and Knowl­edge Un­latched Ti­tle Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber. “It’s won­der­ful that these UBC alumni, who could never have imag­ined ebooks or open ac­cess, are help­ing to fund this ini­tia­tive.”

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