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Library Publishing Beyond the Campus

Collister, LB and Molls, Emma (2018) Library Publishing Beyond the Campus. In: Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP), 2018-09-17 - 2018-09-19, Vienna, Austria.

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University Libraries are increasingly engaging in publishing many types of works, including journals, monographs, and textbooks. This activity brings a service and platform to the campus, and is inspired by the Open Access movement and libraries’ work to participate in the movement and position themselves increasingly as creators and producers of knowledge. Libraries leverage in-house expertise on content production, dissemination and preservation to enhance their publishing programs (Lippincott, 2017). A growing subset of library publishers are offering their publishing services to scholars and organizations outside of their individual campuses. This positions these library publishers as players in the larger publishing world. The two examples presented here demonstrate two different programs that approach this broader engagement with the scholarly community. Half of the open access journals published by University of Pittsburgh Libraries are edited by scholars from beyond the Pitt community. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing recently updated its business plan in order to publish the works of scholarly societies. These external partnerships represent not just an expressed need in the community, but a strategic plan to build both the publishing program and the role of library publishers in general as players in the Open Access movement. Both institutions have found partnerships with off-campus organizations to be mutually rewarding. Library publishing programs are able to establish cost recovery models and scholarly associations are able to publish in the open access environment with relatively low costs. Journals also report that having their journal published by a university organization is an important part of the relationship. Having their publishing costs going to a university is a way for the costs of scholarship to be put back into the academic community. Recently, growing concern about for-profit publishing and platforms in the Open Access movement has resulted in a proliferation of models, including a push by organizations such as the Library Publishing Coalition (Schlosser, 2017) and the Association of Research Libraries (Ruttenberg, 2017) to consider academic ownership of publishing models. University library publishers, while likely not reaching the size and scope of the publishing houses and university presses, provide a complementary model that addresses scholars interest in university ownership and affiliation while expanding their organizations’ connections to the world.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Collister, LBlbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Molls, Emma
Date: 18 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP)
Event Dates: 2018-09-17 - 2018-09-19
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 14:58
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 16:22


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