Be sure to read this news story from Inside Higher Ed about an ambitious new plan from Amherst College.
Amherst will emphasize high quality, peer-reviewed monographs in its new endeavor. They are currently hiring a press director and two editors to staff the press. Much of the initiative is coming from the Amherst College Librarian, Bryn Geffert.
“My grand dream — quixotic though may be — is that if enough libraries begin doing what we’re doing, at some point there is going to be a critical mass of freely available scholarly literature — literature that libraries don’t have to purchase. And if they use those savings to publish more material, you reach a tipping point.”