Tag Archives: publishing

Developing a library-press collaboration? Here are some good tips from JLSC

Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions: Best Practices in Developing Library-Press Collaborations

In 2012, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed library directors, deans, university librarians, and university press directors with the objective of mapping similarities and differences in operational and financial structures as well as practical differences. 42 library leaders and 41 university press directors responded to a set of 32 questions that could be answered by either audience. In 2013, follow-up interviews were conducted with 22% of the respondents, focusing on the “why” of library publishing services, and requesting detail on certain aspects of library-press relationships.

University library and university press collaborations

There are many people who would like to see greater collaboration between university libraries and university presses. Here is a poster presentation that advocates for more collaboration.

Library-Press Collaborations Poster Presentation” by Charlotte Roh, University of Massachusetts Amherst

In order to better understand the new evolving relationships between university presses and academic libraries, a review of press and library collaborations was undertaken by the University of Arizona (UA) Press and the UA Libraries through the Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program (ARL CEP). The ARL CEP Fellow reviewed existing literature, interviewed staff at the University of Arizona, and conducted 27 informal interviews with library deans, press directors, and scholarly communications leaders. The interviews addressed the partnership history, structure, motivations, goals and needs, administrative support and budget decisions, key stakeholders, and thoughts on the future of their relationships as well as scholarly communications. The study explored UA perceptions of the library and press, and asked the staff to consider current challenges and future steps. The final report reviews trends and makes recommendations for collaboration and healthy relationships.

Case study–collaboration between an institutional repository and a university press

Content and Collaboration I: A Case Study of Bringing an Institutional Repository and a University Press Together

M. Spooner and Andrew Wesolek

Profile of a Merger: In 2009, the dean of libraries and the director of the university press at Utah State University proposed a departmental merger to their central administration. They argued that through restructuring reporting lines so that the press became a department of the library at least three important benefits could be achieved. First, the central administration was at the time hoping to cut costs by consolidating operations in various parts of the university; merging the staff reporting lines of the university press into the library offered an opportunity for consolidation. Secondly, integrating the press into the library promised it some relief from the structural vulnerability it had suffered historically as a department among “other instructional activities” reporting directly to the provost. And for the university library, to move the press into a structural collaboration would bring an established publisher of e-books into the library, representing a steady source of book-length content for the digital institutional repository that the library was consciously building. In short order, and spurred by the impacts of the Great Recession on higher education, the merger was approved.

Part II of this report will also be of interest.

Content and Collaboration II: Opportunities to Host, Possibilities to Publish

Library as Publisher

excerpt: “Milne Library is pleased to announce the publication of Tagging Along: Memories of My Grandfather, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr., by Stuart Symington, Jr., the first of what Milne hopes will be a long run of original titles published by the library through the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. This handsome 131-page, illustrated book is now available from Amazon.com, on a print-on-demand basis, for under $10. It will also be freely accessible in Open Monographs Press beginning in July.” More

The Library Publishing Coalition is a collaborative effort

Library Publishing Coalition: A Community-Driven Initiative to Advance Library Publishing by Sarah Kalikman Lippincott, Educopia Institute/Library Publishing Coalition; Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute.

This will be presented at the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2013, August 19, 2013 – August 21, 2013.

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is a new organization being founded by over 50 academic libraries to promote and support library publishing initiatives. As library publishing matures as a field, LPC aims to build a community of practice, aligning local/institutional efforts and facilitating inter-institutional collaboration.

The LPC’s distributed team of librarians, representing a wide range of institutions, is working together to design and build an organization that responds directly to the expressed needs of this community in areas such as training and professional development, networking and knowledge sharing, practical research, and advocacy. The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, University of North Texas, Virginia Tech, and the Educopia Institute, about the need for centralized leadership in this emerging and increasingly important area.

Library publishing, undergraduate education, and collaboration

Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Michael C. Seeborg, and Isaac Gilman. “Library Publishing and Undergraduate Education: Strategies for Collaboration” Association of College & Research Libraries. Indianapolis, IN. Apr. 2013.

Library-based publishing services are increasingly common as libraries seek to provide alternatives for the dissemination of scholarly and creative work. Connecting these services to the educational mission of libraries’ institutions is vital for publishing programs’ success and sustainability. This panel of librarians and faculty from liberal arts colleges will discuss the educative and advocacy roles that their library publishing programs have developed, and suggest best practices for librarians wishing to implement their own publishing programs.

Isaac Gilman’s slides from the presentation are available via CommonKnowledge.

Libraries partnering with outside organizations as experiments in engagement

See how libraries in Colorado and Kansas are building new relationships in order to strengthen their roles in their communities.