This past summer, we took our books on a field trip. As part of our mandate to connect local and global communities, we dropped off scholarly books at YYC's Little Free Libraries.
What is the Little Free Libraries campaign? You can read more about it here. Its mission is
"To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations."
That sounds a lot like what we do at the University of Calgary Press. It's the reason why we became an Open Access publisher in 2010, and why we continue to produce and promote peer-reviewed scholarly works through both traditional and innovative channels.
Two of our team members, Helen and Sarah, went on a scavenger hunt to find each of the fourteen Little Free Libraries scattered across town. In the process, they even got to stamp our Little Free Libraries passport! Here are some of our favourites:
To sum up, Little Free Libraries are a lot like Open Access publishing: they are important, because scholarly research should be freely accessible to everyone. Now, more than ever, every person has the right and responsibility to be a critical thinker. Our books are intended to spark conversations on and off campus, about issues that concern all of us, as global citizens.
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