LARRP endorsed the CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences) Open Access Book Project in 2015. The goal of the pilot project was to identify a quality-controlled collection of open access books in order to explore services for libraries in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination and digital preservation.
In year one a collaborative investment made by seven research libraries made it possible to process the 2018 and 2019 CLACSO OA Books for full discovery via Books@JSTOR. In year two a collaborative investment by 10 research libraries made it possible to process the 2020 and selected 2021 CLACSO OA Books. JSTOR provides metadata and full text for these titles to ProQuest Summon; Ex Libris Primo and Alma; EBSCO Discovery Service; and OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. These discovery services added a target/package for JSTOR Open Access Titles to their knowledge bases that includes the JSTOR processed CLACSO OA Books. The collaborative investment also opened options for a MARC record in local catalogs. None of this enhanced discovery would have been possible without the support of the seven research libraries in year one and the 10 research libraries in year two.
This is a LARRP Matching Fund proposal to incentivize additional libraries to participate in the partnership led by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) in collaboration with the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), JSTOR, and the Latin American bookseller García Cambeiro. The goal is to expand collaborative library support for the CLACSO Open Access Project for monographs endorsed by LARRP. This will be the third phase of a project to expand Latin American OA ebooks accessible through Books at JSTOR and to explore further opportunities for developing this model with an additional CLACSO affiliated Center if funding permits.