Announcing Open Access for a new Pacific title!

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University of Hawai‘i Press proudly announces the publication of its first born-digital, open-access monograph: JoAnna Poblete’s Balancing the Tides: Marine Practices in American Sāmoa, now available in both complimentary electronic and for-purchase print formats.

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Also available for purchase in print here.

About the Book
“Poblete’s Balancing the Tides is remarkable for its focus on the impact of U.S. federal policies in American Sāmoa. Whether she is discussing federal minimum wage debates or examining federal fishing regulations, Poblete shows how Americans and Sāmoans alike shape and are shaped by the forceful and sometimes flexible nature of U.S. federal marine-related management in American Sāmoa.” —Keith L. Camacho, UCLA

Balancing the Tides highlights the far-reaching influence of marine practices and policies in the unincorporated territory of American Sāmoa on the local indigenous group, the American fishing industry, U.S. environmental programs, and on global discussions about ecology and indigenous communities. Each chapter of the book highlights a type of ocean-use policy or marine-related practice in American Sāmoa to demonstrate how American colonial efforts to protect natural resources intersect with indigenous adherence to customary principles of respect, reciprocity, and native rights. Poblete’s study ultimately connects the U.S.-American Sāmoa colonial relationship to global overfishing, world consumption patterns, the for-profit fishing industry, international environmental movements and studies, as well as native experiences and indigenous rights.

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Balancing the Tides is sophisticated scholarship that investigates timely issues at the forefront of conversations in and outside of the academy,” said UH Press executive editor Masako Ikeda. “This makes it an especially well-suited book for OA; by making electronic copies available for download at no cost, we hope Dr. Poblete’s research about American Sāmoa will be more readily available to the people there, as well as to other important audiences, including policy makers and students.”

The first UH Press title to be released in OA prior to the print edition, Poblete’s book is produced through the Sustainable History Monograph Pilot, an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that seeks to develop a viable model for publishing high-quality scholarship in OA format by employing new production technologies. “The OA edition of Balancing the Tides is really a landmark event,” said interim director Joel Cosseboom. “It not only sets a precedent for OA publishing at UH Press, but also contributes to our goal of serving indigenous communities throughout the Pacific.”

Other UH Press titles forthcoming from the Sustainable History Monograph Pilot will address the histories of Vietnam, Korea, and Vanuatu. “My hope is that UH Press will soon be able to adopt the new technologies employed by this program to issue more OA publications, especially in Hawaiian and Pacific studies,” said Cosseboom.

The next SHMP title will be Alec Holcombe’s Mass Mobilization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1945–1960.

UH Press awarded $90K open book grant

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We’re pleased to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have awarded the University of Hawai‘i a $90,000 grant to digitize 100 out-of-print UH Press books for open access.

The project is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, a joint initiative by the NEH and the Mellon Foundation. UH Press is one of eight publishers to receive the second round of funding totaling nearly $600,000.

We’re grateful to the Mellon Foundation and the NEH for choosing us for this funding opportunity, which will allow us to introduce our backlist to a new set of readers. Beginning in 2018, the selected titles will be hosted on a custom open-access portal where readers may download them in EPUB and PDF formats.

We also want to give a special shout-out to our colleagues at the UH Mānoa Library, who will assist in the digitization and hosting of the converted books, to our digital publishing manager Trond Knutsen, and to Katherine Fisher, our development and digital projects specialist, who was the lead writer and organizer for our grant application. It is through her tireless efforts that we are able to make more UH Press books accessible online.

Click here to read the complete press release announcement.

Read more about Humanities Open Book Program projects here.

Introducing Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online

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|| LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 17, 2016 ||


University of Hawaiʻi Press is proud to partner with Oxford University Press to announce the launching of Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online. Scheduled to go live tomorrow on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform, Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online includes more than 350 scholarly monographs published by UH Press, in the areas of Asian, Pacific, Hawaiian, Asian American, religious, and global studies. UPSO  is available by annual subscription or purchase to libraries and institutions. For a limited time, to celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking research tool, a selection of chapters from UH Press titles are freely available on the HSO website (see the list at the bottom of this page).

Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online offers:
• Instant online access to a growing number of UH Press monographs in an XML-based digital hosting environment with deep tagging and advanced search functionality
• A regular publishing schedule that makes cutting-edge works of scholarship available in full-text digital format faster than ever before
• Discovery of tens of thousands of high-quality cross-referenced and cross-searchable works in more than 30 subject areas from 22 of the most prestigious presses in the world
• Personalization of the site, including the ability to save searches and favorite books for quick and easy access during future visits
• The ability to read online or download a PDF of a chosen chapter for offline, on-the-go reading.

Watch the video to see how UPSO streamlines the research process:
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With the addition of Hawaiʻi Scholarship Online on the UPSO platform, University of Hawaiʻi Press provides sophisticated integration and search and discovery capabilities, advancing our core mission of disseminating scholarly knowledge as widely as possible.

Please visit http://hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com from November 17 onward to learn more.