Press Release: CLIR and NITLE Announce Anvil Academic Publishing

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education have announced the formation of Anvil Academic Publishing, a digital publisher for the humanities. Anvil will focus on publishing new forms of scholarship that cannot be adequately conveyed in the traditional monograph.

Works published will be available through Creative Commons licenses on the Web and as apps on portable devices. The title production system will be developed jointly by NITLE and CLIR for use by other institutions—including members of the NITLE Network—each of which would have the opportunity to publish under its own imprint. It is expected that Anvil will publish its first title in late 2012.

The program received startup funding from the Brown Foundation, Inc., in Houston, Texas. Stanford University, the University of Virginia, Washington University in St. Louis, Bryn Mawr College, Amherst College, Middlebury College, and Southwestern University will also provide funds and staffing. Anvil Academic is guided by a distinguished board of directors comprised of leaders in academic publishing, scholarly communication, and library and information services.

Publishers, scholarly societies, librarians, faculty, campus administrators, and others interested in collaborating with Anvil Academic: please contact Fred Moody, Anvil’s editor-in-chief, at

For more on Anvil Academic, see “New Seal of Approval,” in the February 13 edition of Insider Higher Ed.

Cross-posted at The NITLE News.