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title: About Lever Press
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As a press aligned with the ethos and mission of liberal arts colleges, we seek out, identify, evaluate, and advocate for transformative scholarship that spurs creative dialogue within and between traditional fields of inquiry, emphasizes disciplinary innovation, draws upon new models of collaborative research, and strives to reach the broadest audience possible.
## How we run Lever Press
Unlike other Open Access initiatives, Lever Press is a press governed by its participating members. An Editorial Board, composed of faculty from participating institutions, oversees the editorial and review process for our titles; an elected Oversight Committee, composed of representatives of participating institutions, directs the execution of Lever’s business plan.
## Editorial Board
The Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, review, and development process through which individual titles have progressed, and to assure by its imprimatur both the scholarly quality of a work and its alignment with the editorial program of the Lever Press. The Board consists of faculty nominated from Lever Press pledging institutions and selected by the Oversight Committee. The chair of the Oversight Committee holds an ex officio position on the Board and two representatives from Michigan Publishing and Amherst College Press hold non-voting positions. The Board meets monthly by teleconference and in person at least once per year.
The Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing the acquisition, review, and development process through which individual titles have progressed, and to assure by its imprimatur both the scholarly quality of a work and its alignment with the editorial program of the Lever Press. The Board consists of faculty nominated from Lever Press pledging institutions and selected by the Oversight Committee. The Chair of the Oversight Committee holds an ex officio position on the Board and two representatives from Michigan Publishing and Amherst College Press hold non-voting positions. The Board meets monthly by teleconference and in person at least once per year.
Current Editorial Board members:
**Current Editorial Board members:**
* Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
* Karil Kucera, St. Olaf College
* Mary Crone Odekon, Skidmore College
* Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College
* Josephine Wright, College of Wooster
* Darin Hayton, Haverford College
* Lisa Trivedi, Hamilton College
* Phyllis Brown, Santa Clara University
* Mary Crone-Odekon, Skidmore College (Vice Chair)
* Darin Hayton, Haverford College (Chair)
* Katherine Hite, Vassar College
* Karil Kucera, St. Olaf College
* Jason Mittell, Middlebury College
* Brett Rogers, University of Puget Sound
* Lisa Trivedi, Hamilton College
* Josephine Wright, College of Wooster
* Zahi Zalloua, Whitman College
## Oversight Committee
**Standing**
The Oversight Committee is responsible for overall strategic guidance of the Lever Press. The Committee consists of up to 12 representatives nominated and elected by the Lever Press pledging libraries, and two representatives from Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing. The committee meets monthly by teleconference and in person at least once per year.
* Beth Bouloukos, Director, Amherst College Press and Lever Press
* Marta Brunner, Oversight Committee Chair, ex officio
* Charles Watkinson, AUL for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press
Current Oversight Committee members:
**Term ending December 31, 2020**
* Marta Brunner, College Librarian, Skidmore College (Chair)
* Alexia Hudson-Ward, Director of Libraries, Oberlin College
* Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University
* John Tombarge, Professor and University Librarian, Washington and Lee University
## Oversight Committee
**Term ending December 31, 2021**
The Oversight Committee is responsible for overall strategic guidance of the Lever Press. The Committee consists of representatives nominated from and elected by Lever Press pledging institutions, and two representatives from Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing. The committee meets monthly by teleconference and in person at least once per year.
**Current Oversight Committee members:**
* Neal Baker, Library Director, Earlham College
* Marta Brunner, College Librarian, Skidmore College (Chair)
* Mark Christel, Librarian of the College, Grinnell College
* Dalia Corkrum, Library Director, Whitman College (Treasurer)
* Este Pope, Head of Digital Programs, Frost Library, Amherst College
* Irene Herold, Librarian of the College, The College of Wooster
* Alexia Hudson-Ward, Director of Libraries, Oberlin College
* Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian, Santa Clara University
* Este Pope, Head of Digital Programs, Frost Library, Amherst College
* Deborah Prosser, Olin Library Director, Rollins College
* Mike Roy, Dean of the Library, Middlebury College
* John Tombarge, Professor and University Librarian, Washington and Lee University
**Term ending December 31, 2022**
**Standing**
* Neal Baker, Library Director, Earlham College
* Deborah Prosser, Director of the Olin Library, Rollins College
* Beth Bouloukos, Director, Amherst College Press and Lever Press
* Charles Watkinson, AUL for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press
**Standing**
* Beth Bouloukos, Director, Amherst College Press
## Operations Group
The Lever Press Operations Group is essentially the production backbone of Lever Press. It consists of staff at Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing with a key role in acquiring, developing, and producing Lever Press titles, or in the administration of this initiative. The current Operations Group consists of:
* Beth Bouloukos, Director, Amherst College Press and Lever Press
* Hannah Brooks-Motl, Assistant Acquisitions Editor, Lever Press
* Jason Colman, Director, Michigan Publishing Services
* Elizabeth Demers, Editorial Director, University of Michigan Press
* Terri Geitgey, Program Manager, Lever Press and Publishing Services Librarian, Michigan Publishing Services
* Amanda Karby, Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator, Michigan Publishing Services
* Charles Watkinson, AUL for Publishing and Director of the University of Michigan Press
**Previously Served**
* Marjorie Hassen, College Librarian, Bowdoin College
* Jonathan Miller, Director of Libraries, Williams College
* Andrew Ashton, Director of the Libraries, Vassar College
* Terri Fishel, Library Director, Macalester College
* Kevin Mulroy, Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library
* Loretta Parham, Chief Executive Officer and Library Director at the Atlanta University Center
* Marci Sortor, Provost, St. Olaf College
## Our Values
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## Our Commitments
**_Alignment with mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges_**. Like the colleges supporting our mission, we welcome works exploring intellectual connections across academic disciplines and divisions. Lever Press also champions works whose methods and modalities reach beyond the standard 100,000-word monograph. Inspired by the close collaborations between faculty and undergraduate students at liberal arts colleges, we seek path-breaking ideas communicated with clarity and creativity—publications that “teach what they know.”
_**Alignment with mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges**_. Like the colleges supporting our mission, we welcome works exploring intellectual connections across academic disciplines and divisions. Lever Press also champions works whose methods and modalities reach beyond the standard 100,000-word monograph. Inspired by the close collaborations between faculty and undergraduate students at liberal arts colleges, we seek path-breaking ideas communicated with clarity and creativity—publications that “teach what they know.”
**_Platinum Open Access_**. Lever Press is a fully open access press: all works will be freely available to readers on the web immediately upon publication. Uniquely, Lever Press is committed to what we’re calling “Platinum OA,” in which all the costs of acquiring, editing, developing, and producing the work are borne collectively by our supporting institutions—not by individual authors or their sponsoring departments or institutions. Platinum OA means the Lever Press can consider works with regard to scholarly merit only. But because we take on all the costs of producing the work we select, Platinum OA means one thing more: that the work we produce is of the highest quality, and has been selected exactly because it is worth investing in.
_**Platinum Open Access**_. Lever Press is a fully open access press: all works will be freely available to readers on the web immediately upon publication. Uniquely, Lever Press is committed to what we’re calling “Platinum OA,” in which all the costs of acquiring, editing, developing, and producing the work are borne collectively by our supporting institutions—not by individual authors or their sponsoring departments or institutions. Platinum OA means the Lever Press can consider works with regard to scholarly merit only. But because we take on all the costs of producing the work we select, Platinum OA means one thing more: that the work we produce is of the highest quality, and has been selected exactly because it is worth investing in.
**_Digitally native_**. While Lever Press titles will appear in print form wherever possible, we approach publishing as a digital-first endeavor. Unconstrained by legacy publishing processes and leveraging the opportunities for reuse facilitated by an open-access business model, Lever Press will welcome projects of digital scholarship not well served by scholarly conventions limited to print-only outcomes. We’ll work in partnership with an emerging community of scholars in the digital humanities who are linking together narrative analysis and datasets from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and using new tools for visualization and reader engagement.
_**Digitally native**_. While Lever Press titles will appear in print form wherever possible, we approach publishing as a digital-first endeavor. Unconstrained by legacy publishing processes and leveraging the opportunities for reuse facilitated by an open-access business model, Lever Press will welcome projects of digital scholarship not well served by scholarly conventions limited to print-only outcomes. We’ll work in partnership with an emerging community of scholars in the digital humanities who are linking together narrative analysis and datasets from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and using new tools for visualization and reader engagement.
## Our Supporting Institutions
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