MLA Receives Grant for Expansion of MLA Commons

The MLA has received a generous $225,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the association’s scholarly communication platform, MLA Commons. With support from the Mellon Foundation, the MLA will create Humanities Commons, a federated open-source network of sites that will link the MLA to other humanities societies to further interdisciplinary collaboration. During this pilot phase of the project, the MLA will establish and connect Commons networks for the College Art Association; the Association for Jewish Studies; and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and head the development of a shared identity-management system that will facilitate collaboration among society members. The project will be led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, the MLA’s director of scholarly communication, and the grant period will run until 31 December 2016.