|Tuesday, May 17th|
Amy Filiatreau, Lynn University
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
|Wednesday, May 18th|
Cheryl Ball, West Virginia University
Kathryn Conrad, University of Arizona Press
Library and university-press publishers are driven by two different but overlapping missions. Libraries publish as an extension of their traditional function of preserving and disseminating knowledge. University presses are also tasked with distributing knowledge, but through peer review, they are engaged with what Martin Eve at last year’s meeting called the “symbolic economy of prestige.” Both are constrained by financial forces and the marketplace. This panel examines how and why different publishers select projects, and how each group decides where to invest its scarce resources. It also addresses how campus hierarchies affect these choices, especially when a university’s press and library are institutionally connected.
The participants will include both library and university-press publishers, representing a range of reporting relationships on their campuses. Each panelist will respond to questions from the moderator, followed by what we hope will be lively questions from the floor. The conversation should shed light on the strategic priorities that drive our publishing decisions, as well as how we can most effectively cooperate.
R. Philip Reynolds, Stephen F. Austin State University
Helping Fledgling Journals Leave the Nest
R. Philip Reynolds, Stephen F. Austin State University
Many libraries are starting to take on the task of helping faculty in the publishing of new fledgling journals. The editorial staff of faculty often look to the library for guidance in many aspects of journal publishing. One issue that can be particularly difficult is to solicit enough articles of high enough quality to get the journal up and rolling. After the first issue is launched, the solicitation of articles tends to become easier after each new issue is published. In my lightning talk I will discuss how the library can step in and provide a service usually provided by traditional publishers; how the library can advise and assist faculty in the launch of a new journal by giving editorial boards guidance in how to solicit those first crucial articles. I will describe case studies of success stories of various strategies employed by editors to acquire submissions of potential articles. I will also provide additional methods for soliciting manuscripts that have been used successfully by other journal editors.
How Library Publishing Programs can Support Journals Leaving a Major Publisher in Favor of OA
Ted Polley, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Recent events in scholarly publishing, such as the editorial board of Elsevier’s Lingua resigning en masse, have sparked the interest of other journal editors in searching for more open and sustainable models of publishing. This past fall, the IUPUI University Library received two separate inquiries from editors on our campus who are considering leaving a major publisher in favor of creating an open access journal with the library’s publishing program. There are undoubtedly other editors on IUPUI’s campus and at institutions around the world who are wrestling with similar issues.
This lightning talk will present insight from initial conversations with the editors who are considering leaving a major publisher, how libraries can best support this endeavor, and IUPUI’s previous experience in helping two journals transition from a subscription-based model to an open access one. In many ways, leaving a major publisher looks similar to starting a new journal, but this situation presents unique challenges, such as cessation of editor compensation, and unique opportunities, such as the potential for a journal buyback.
Specifically, this talk will outline the steps involved in leaving a major publisher to create an open access journal, how editors can leverage existing infrastructure and social networks to successfully make the transition, guidance for library publishing programs working with journals making the change, and thoughts on which types of journals are ideal candidates.
Getting Titles into Link Resolvers
Wendy Robertson, University of Iowa
Libraries rely on link resolvers to connect faculty and students to subscribed/licensed content. Having titles in link resolvers and in discover systems is a way people learn to find quality content. It is important that the library published titles are included in link resolvers. This presentation will give an overview of KBART (Knowledge Bases and Related Tools), GOKb, Knowledge Base+, and the experience of a library publisher getting titles into link revolver systems. Attendees will learn how to submit their content to link resolvers.
Emily Symonds Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis
Publishing Undergraduate Scholarship: Should you be afraid?
Emily Symonds Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis
With a growing emphasis on undergraduate engagement in academia, library publishers are discovering that it is vital to negotiate the conflicting directives of publishing, protecting, and promoting undergraduate scholarship. Some faculty are concerned that publishing student work online is harmful to both the student and faculty publishing prospects; while others may make publication a course requirement with little concern about copyright or reputation. Students themselves often have little understanding of privacy and intellectual property. This panel will explore some of the questions and concerns libraries must answer in order to build stronger relationships and successful publishing opportunities for all.
Emily Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis
While the repository at Washington University in St. Louis was created in response to a faculty open access initiative, the majority of the materials and publications hosted on the site have been created by students. More undergraduate course collections are being developed in the repository; at the same time, the Libraries and Scholarly Publishing have a growing relationship with the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research. Scholarly Publishing, a unit within the University Libraries, offers customized, flexible publishing options, including copyright assistance, platform hosting, editorial and design services, preservation, and education and training. However, connecting with the university’s undergraduate publications has been a challenge. This points to a continuing issue: how to demonstrate the library’s value as a publishing resource to undergraduates who are developing themselves as independent scholars while not alienating faculty, some of whom have expressed growing concern about students publicly sharing highly personal work or research that may contain sensitive data. The speaker will discuss the issues and opportunities the Scholarly Publishing unit at Washington University and other libraries face when engaging with and educating students about publishing, whether the publications are capstone projects, senior papers, or journals.
Allegra Swift, The Claremont Colleges
Scholarly communications are evolving rapidly; there are shifts in how research is communicated, what counts for scholarship, and who is doing the communicating. Undergraduates are contributing to the scholarly conversation but with little education in what it means to participate online as a scholar, much less as a global digital citizen. Many faculty members engage in scholarly communication as they always have and are often unaware of the rapid developments in publishing and sharing research. Librarians with responsibilities in publishing, scholarly communication, and instruction are especially challenged to meet these gaps in digital literacy. Publishing undergraduate scholarship can be perceived as a risk to reputation and prospects for both students and faculty. At the Claremont Colleges, the need to address digital literacy gaps and support new forms of scholarship had initially became apparent through mandates for senior thesis publishing in the Claremont Colleges’ online and open access repository Scholarship @ Claremont. This presentation will discuss the digital literacy gap in publishing undergraduate scholarship and opportunities for mitigating risk while benefiting from the evolution of scholarly communication.
Kelly Riddle, University of San Diego
Library publishers often encounter unique conundrums when working with student-produced content, chief among them questions about what is “appropriate” to publish. These questions might vary according to the type of publication or work, the standards and preferences of sponsoring faculty or programs, or the culture and policies of the institution. At the University of San Diego, the library publishing program has encountered several questions about what undergraduate works are appropriate to host in its repository and the processes by which these works are published. In working to publish undergraduate honors theses and digitize legacy undergraduate and masters theses, several connected academic programs have hesitated at a broad approach to both publication and retroactive digitization. When working with the Digital Initiatives Librarian to establish an undergraduate literary journal, the journal's student editorial board raised questions surrounding their autonomy as editors to determine appropriate content for a journal hosted on a publishing platform provided by the university. Answering these questions requires sensitivity to college and university faculty and deep thought about the place of undergraduate work in the library publishing program. This portion of the panel will discuss how librarians have worked with students and faculty to resolve these questions.
Jeff Rubin, Tulane University
The Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal published its first issue in 2014 after more than a year of planning and building a strong foundation. Now, between its second and third issue, there are several concerns specific to undergraduate publishing that the TURJ editorial board and Tulane Journal Publishing are currently addressing that will have a direct impact on the direction of the journal.
1. Should the journal serve a pedagogical role and how would that be incorporated into the curricula?
2. How can the editorial board incentivize more students to submit work?
3. Does peer-review create problems for students by limiting the future publication of pieces in professional journals? Does peer-review interfere with faculty rights when the students want to publish materials related to that faculty research?
4. How can the journal become integrated into the curricula so that the outcome from a class is steered towards the journal?
That these questions from the editorial board and Tulane Journal Publishing are being asked after publishing only two full issues demonstrates a deep concern for both the undergraduate experience and in creating a publication that provides more than a citation for a CV. This process of continual improvement provides a built-in method for finding solutions to problems that spark anxiety and fear around undergraduate publishing.
Kate McCready, University of Minnesota
Project Management Tools to Get Us Up and Running
Kate McCready, University of Minnesota
Eighteen months ago, the University of Minnesota launched an initiative to help support the creation of scholarly works. Within that time, we've evaluated publishing software, created a service model, established a Publishing Services Team, and adopted a variety of tools to help publish and manage our projects. Since we settled on our initial publication platforms, we’ve been able to publish 8 scholarly serials, 1 conference proceeding, and 10 open textbooks.
In this session we will give an overview of what it took to get the structure in place at the University of Minnesota Libraries. What evaluation processes did we undertake (both software analysis and needs assessments)? What criteria did we use to evaluate different tools? What policies did we need to develop? How did we get the resources we needed in order to support the work we’d outlined as a priority?
We will discuss how we decided which publication types and projects to support along with which policies and guidelines we needed to establish. We will outline how we’re involving the library liaisons and directors in the publications being developed from their departments and colleges. And, we will also present on how we are using project management tools to keep each publication development process in order.
Conducting a Comprehensive Survey of Publishing Activity at Your Institution
Meredith Kahn, University of Michigan
As library publishers expand their range of services and cultivate partnerships with campus units, finding suitable partners can be a challenge. There is likely a significant amount of publishing activity already happening on your campus, some of which could be better served by the library. But how do you find those existing programs and sort out the ones whose needs best meet your service offerings?
This lightning talk will describe how we conducted a comprehensive survey of publishing activity at the University of Michigan, trends in our results, and possible methodologies for conducting a similar survey of publishing activity at your own institution.
This talk addresses:
1) Diversity: Publishing partners can be found across a range of disciplines, campus units, and publication types. The methodology we present will allow library publishers to discover potential partners beyond the "usual suspects," which could contribute to more diversity in the partners and publications that libraries recruit.
2) Bootstrapping: In order to thrive, publishing programs will need to attract a critical mass of partners, particularly if they are expected to recovers costs or generate revenue. Finding these partners from among your own campus units can keep the administrative burden of cost recovery low, as transactions with external partners can be complex from a university accounting standpoint. In addition, local partners can increase the visibility of a library publishing program and yield even more collaborations.
Project Meerkat: The Publishing Analytics Data Trust
Sarah Melton, Emory University
Technology has made collecting data and producing metrics easier than ever before. In the realm of research communication, data from the digital distribution of scholarly content provides new opportunities to understand the publishing ecosystem. However, there is growing concern about ownership of, access to, and analysis of this data, as evidenced by the recently published NISO Consensus Principles on Users' Digital Privacy in Library, Publisher, and Software-Provided Systems. Furthermore, the practical challenges associated with gathering, integrating, interpreting, and reporting usage data limit the ability of individual publishers and libraries to identify—much less predict—important usage trends and opportunities through which they might extend their impact.
Project Meerkat (https://educopia.org/research/meerkat) seeks to inform nascent standards and create a neutral apparatus for the ongoing collection and aggregation of usage data related to digital scholarly monographs. Project Meerkat will build a new cooperative—the Publishing Analytics Data Trust—in which members will collaborate to represent the interests of all stakeholders in academic publishing, including researchers and administrators, to sustain the outcomes of Project Meerkat and provide its members with shared governance of collected data. While the organizational model of the cooperative is still to be determined, member organizations will agree to a code of practice as a condition of membership.
This talk will present the project and preliminary vision for the cooperative in more detail.
Carol Ann Borchert, University of South Florida
For the past several years, librarians have been building repositories and publishing programs, becoming increasingly adept in producing and determining the quality of open access publications. Though researchers may be experts within their own subject areas, many aspects of the publishing process remain a mystery to them. Understanding when to request copyright permissions or how to negotiate their own rights with publishers are sometimes afterthoughts in the research process. Some of our faculty or even students may fall prey to predatory publishing practices, not knowing what criteria to apply in evaluating new publication outlets.
In our role as library publishers, we have developed the expertise to help address these issues. Editors and authors need to understand what Creative Commons licenses are and why they are important, when to request copyright permissions, how to negotiate author and submission fees, and how to identify and avoid predatory publishing. In the course of this presentation, we will define scholarly publishing literacy and discuss outreach in terms of educating new and experienced researchers. The presenters hope to start a larger conversation on this topic that could lead to the development of scholarly publishing literacy standards or competencies.
Charlotte Roh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
|Thursday, May 19th|
Mark Edington, Amherst College Press
In 2014, the Oberlin Group - a consortium of selective liberal-arts college libraries - convened a task force to explore the possibility of developing a collaborative, open access publishing pathway for scholarship in the arts and humanities. After a year of work and study, developing a request for proposals and selecting a publishing partner, crafting a business model and returning to the member libraries for commitments of support, the Lever Press will be launched in early 2016 with thirty-nine library partners making a five-year commitment totaling more than a million dollars in overall resources.
Our panel proposes to tell the story (so far) of how the Lever Press came to be, and how its principal partners—the Oberlin Group, the Amherst College Press, and Michigan Publishing—are collaborating to develop a plan for realizing this vision. We’ll offer presentations on the content problems librarians have experienced and are working to solve; the assumptions that guide our work; the partnership between the two library-based presses that will implement the vision; and the next steps we see ahead of us in translating our proposals for governance and editorial oversight into an operational library publishing entity.
Dillon Wackerman, Stephen F. Austin State University
Committing to the Non-Traditional: The Path to the Incorporation of 3D Models in an Online Journal
Dillon Wackerman, Stephen F. Austin State University
In 2013 Dr. Robert Selden approached the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) inquiring about the possibility of including interactive 3D models in a digital collection. Working with Dr. Selden, the CDS found a platform to which these models could be deposited and displayed. Concurrently, the CDS was actively promoting SFA’s institutional repository, SFA ScholarWorks. One guiding idea behind these IR-focused activities was the emphasis of the legitimacy of non-traditional works in respect to SFA ScholarWorks and the academic community as a whole. This idea and acceptance of the non-traditional was maintained as the CDS began to develop a program for the publication of online and open access journals.
The collaborative relationship was maintained with Dr. Selden, who continued to deposit 3D models, articles and other scholarly works into SFA’s IR. That sustained relationship was rewarding for both parties as it was Dr. Selden’s CRHR: Research Reports that was the first online and open access journal to be launched via SFA ScholarWorks. This journal is also significant in that it included 3D models and associated files, which were displayed alongside related articles. This inclusion helped to create a more fully realized scope of Dr. Selden’s work.
This talk will trace the course taken by Dr. Selden and the CDS that led to the incorporation of 3D models into CRHR: Research Reports. It will also detail efforts at SFA and in the CDS to realize the necessity of incorporating non-traditional file formats in online journals.
The "Georgia Coast Atlas": Reimagining Online Atlas Publishing
Anandi Salinas, Emory University
As traditional printed manuscripts move online, content creators and technology experts must think creatively about how to balance the demands of user experience, website functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics all while highlighting the content that is the foundation of the site. The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and the Emory Environmental Studies department have come together to create the innovative and interactive Georgia Coast Atlas that seeks to change the way we think of peer-reviewed multimedia content and atlas interactivity online. This lightning talk will showcase the Georgia Coast Atlas website prototype, launching in March 2016, and will highlight the user experience and technological considerations that went into creating the site.
The final version of the Atlas will combine long form, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed multimedia content with multiple map layers, 360 degree panoramas, and video guides of the Georgia coast islands. To simulate the exploratory nature of a traditional printed atlas, the team decided to use a map of the Georgia coast as the central navigation avenue of the website, while maintaining traditional menu navigation features, to provide the user multiple nonlinear entry points into the website content. After the prototyping phase, the team will move the website into the WordPress platform to promote efficient and user friendly publication of peer-reviewed content by an editorial team. The Georgia Coast Atlas will provide users a new interactive atlas experience, but will also provide an avenue for ongoing additional publications and multimedia content publishing without the need for heavy code development overhead.
Reading the Reader: Building a User-Centered Publishing Prototype in a Web Browser
Scott Young, Montana State University
What is the future of scholarly communications technology? Identifying an effective and engaging next step for publishing and disseminating academic content has been an ongoing challenge for publishers, libraries, and content creators. At the Montana State University Library we have worked with authors, editors, and students on our campus to create a new possibility for publishing scholarly content through the web.
In this session, we will present our research into the development of a web publishing prototype (http://arc.lib.montana.edu/book/). Our “book in a browser” is characterized by an open, user-centered, collaborative approach that recognizes a fundamental relationship among three primary user types: student readers, faculty content contributors, and library technical developers. In order to achieve a product that meets the expectations of these users, we collaborated with faculty to build a responsive and search-optimized prototype using open web standards. We then worked with student readers to conduct user interviews, usability tests, and motivation and comprehension surveys that together show reader preferences and practices within the networked environment of the web. Our new publishing approach points to an improved model for describing, discovering, sharing, and analyzing scholarly content and the online reader experience, while also positioning the library as a partner and bridge between content providers and readers.
With this session, we will share our work and connect with the LPC community to help build a future of scholarly communications technology that is open, user-centered, and collaborative.
Kelly Witchen, University of Michigan
Even though most open-access, library-published journals operate on a shoestring, in our experience, securing a small amount of consistent funding—to defray production and editorial costs, reduce the burden on editors, etc.—has a significant impact on the long-term success of a journal. This presentation offers a model for guiding editors and authors through the process of securing funding to support their journal. We do not propose a single business model. On the contrary, we focus on opening up options in ways that are imaginative and open-ended, empowering editors to articulate a story of meaning around their journal. We’ll address the following questions:
*At Michigan, beginning in fiscal year 2017, we will start charging fees to our publishing partners. How do we prepare internally for this transition, and how do we break this news in a way that retains trust and a strong relationship with our partners?
*What alternative funding options and opportunities—besides toll-access and author-pays—are available to journal editors? We’ll share some of the ideas our journal editors have come up with.
*How can we help publishing partners make a strong case for the importance of their publication? What’s the best way to communicate impact?
*How can we prepare ourselves and our publishing partners to manage and track their finances?
Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
Streamlining Monograph Production with Collaborative Knowledge Framework Tools
Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
University of California Press and California Digital Library (CDL) are currently in year two of a grant project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open source, end-to-end workflow and authoring tool aimed at streamlining activities related to the production of scholarly monographs.
At the 2015 LPC Forum, Catherine Mitchell, Director of Access and Publishing at CDL, described both the current state of scholarly monograph publication, as well as the need for tools to streamline both workflow and production activities in order to minimize costs and sustain these vital publishing ventures.
This year, in our continued effort to engage the larger publishing community in our development project, we will report on progress made toward development thus far, including a basic overview of requirements gathering findings, the formation of a cooperative development partnership with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, and a brief demonstration of current functional prototypes and static mock-ups. We will also describe opportunities for the publishing community to provide feedback and input as we move toward our initial release.
Building a Hosted Platform for Managing Monographic Source Materials and Born Digital Publications
Jonathan McGlone, University of Michigan
In April 2014, Michigan Publishing (home of the University of Michigan Press and a division of the University of Michigan Library) began development of a publishing platform to give authors, publishers, and presses a way to present and store monographic source materials connected to book publications. Working with press and library colleagues at Indiana, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Penn State universities, the platform will accept (ingest) and present the digital source materials that are typically included in humanities monographs using stable URLs or digital object identifiers (DOIs). The platform will support a structured publishing workflow in ways that institutional repositories and other solutions currently do not address.The end result will be a hosted platform offering a publishing workflow that includes ingestion, presentation and interactive capabilities. This solution will be offered to other library publishers and presses on a fee-for-service basis.
The project runs through March 2018 and is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Five university press projects will serve as case studies in a proof of concept to launch in the summer of 2016.This panel session will give an update of the project in terms of design, development, and defining services for the platform.
The Costs of Publishing OA Monographs: Results from a Study of 20 University Presses
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint
What does it actually cost university presses to create a high-quality digital monograph today? The question was addressed in a Mellon-funded study in 2015, as researchers from Ithaka S+R gathered data from titles at each of 20 AAUP member presses to take a close look at not just the out-of-pocket expenses like hiring a freelance designer, but the staff costs and organizational overhead involved as well.
This study employed several novel approaches, including gathering time-estimates from staffers, and accounting for work spent over the lifetime of a title. In addition to the quantitative data, participating presses engaged in departmental roundtables to discuss current workflow processes, the elements of their work they feel are most vital to the publication process, and the types of books (and authors!) most likely to drive costs.
Nancy Maron, lead author of the study, will present the findings and share highlights from related studies that explored implications for university-funded OA publishing efforts. The results, recently published by Ithaka S+R, will be useful to all those already involved in or considering peer-reviewed monograph publishing.
Jane Nichols, Oregon State University
George Kuh’s 2008 report High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, demonstrated the link between high impact practices, experiential learning and student success. Since then, libraries, as part of their parent institutions, have joined the discussion on ways to offer experiential learning opportunities. One long-standing practice is through student internships. Library publishing programs have readily adopted student interns to advance their work; however, such internships are often ad hoc, focusing less on student learning outcomes and more on production and project completion. With Kuh’s call to foreground high impact practices and experiential learning to advance student success, it is worthwhile to revisit library publishing internships and develop programmatic models.
OSU Libraries Publishing began offering internships as one way to firmly link the program to the library and university teaching mission. Along the way, questions about implementation surfaced. We will consider what best practices are emerging and examine current internship models within library publishing, digital scholarship centers, and academic libraries more broadly. We will also explore what counts as a successful internship (and from whose perspective) and look at some effective ways to evaluate and assess students’ experiences. By focusing on student impact, we aim to broaden the discussion around creating a successful library publishing program. Join us to discuss how library publishing programs can create intentional, meaningful internships.
Kuh, George D. Excerpt from High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter. Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2008.
O’Neill, Nancy. "Internships as a high-impact practice: Some reflections on quality." Peer Review 12.4 (2010): 4-8. https://www.aacu.org/publications-research/periodicals/internships-high-impact-practice-some-reflections-quality
York, Amy, Christy Groves, and William Black. "Enriching the academic experience: The library and experiential learning." Collaborative Librarianship 2.4 (2010): 193-203. http://collaborativelibrarianship.org/index.php/jocl/article/viewArticle/92
Jennifer Townes, Atlanta University Center
The Power to Publish: How Academic Librarians Support and Promote Scholarly Publishing
Jennifer Townes, Atlanta University Center
The academic library has a responsibility, as well as an opportunity, to promote scholarly publishing. Every year, the academic librarians at the Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library host a one-week-long celebration to enhance awareness of faculty and librarian publications, resources to support publications, and technologies available to bolster dissemination of publications. This “Celebration of Faculty Achievements” week is a significant activity within the Atlanta University Center (which is comprised of four historically black colleges and universities), as it both celebrates the publishing successes of its diverse faculty and librarians as well as heightens awareness of the rich resources available for scholarly publishing within the library. The event includes a display of recently published faculty and librarian works, such as books, chapters, articles, and pieces published through both traditional and open-source publishing venues. Librarians also invite faculty members to give brief presentations about their current projects each day during the week. On the final day of the event, the academic librarians host a Lunch n’ Learn which serves as a forum for them to share their own publishing experiences with their colleagues. This lightning talk will highlight specific areas of this interesting case study in order to provide attendees with a successful model for raising awareness about library publishing and providing opportunities to celebrate the achievements of colleagues.
Changing Structures, Changing Cultures: The Role of the University in Scholarly Communication
Liz Glass, Brown University
In 2015, Brown University received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new digital publishing initiative at the University. Anchored in the University Library, Brown’s digital publishing initiative builds on a long history of digital scholarship at Brown. Through providing editorial, technical, and design expertise to Brown faculty members interested in digital publishing, this initiative seeks to further the mission of the University while also playing a role in shaping the future of digital scholarship in the humanities. The initiative also aims to examine the challenges that scholars and universities face in the emerging age of digital publishing—i.e. how is this scholarship evaluated? How do our standards and criteria need to adapt to these shifts in the dissemination of scholarly content? In this lightning talk, Brown’s Digital Scholarship Editor, Liz Glass, will present Brown’s vision for its digital publishing initiative, outline the goals of the project, and describe the processes at play. Looking briefly at the two pilot projects chosen for the initiative, Glass will trace the evolution of these kinds of digital projects from the initial proposal stage through to approval by a consortium of faculty members, production, and eventual publication with a university press.
Launching UNC Press's Office of Scholarly Publishing Services
John McLeod, University of North Carolina Press
In August 2015, UNC Press launched the Office of Scholarly Publishing Services (OSPS) to engage with the seventeen schools in the UNC System, and to provide access to a range of sustainable, mission-driven publishing models and solutions. From the earliest planning stages, John Sherer, Director of UNC Press, and former UNC System President Tom Ross, envisioned that the system libraries would serve as a central access point through which the OSPS could connect with each campus.
This presentation will explore how the OSPS was conceived and ultimately approved by UNC’s University Library Advisory Council. Specific projects will be discussed that are underway with numerous libraries, including UNC Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University, and UNC Asheville. Initial campus visits will have been completed with most of the schools by the time of the LPC meeting and results of those visits will be discussed.
Although the OSPS is similar to initiatives at the University of Michigan Press and other university presses and libraries, the OSPS is unique in its engagement with libraries throughout a university system. The presentation will explore how the OSPS has created flexible business and financial models that are in line with a variety of library goals, missions, and budgets.
Dan Morgan, UC Press