October 20, 2017

Library Publishing Report Suggests Partnerships, Creating Positions

The final version of a report on library publishing services was issued on March 12. Titled  Library Publishing Services: Strategies For Success, the project was conducted primarily between October 2010 and September 2011, and  had four components: a survey of librarians, a report presenting best practice case studies of the publishing programs at the partner institutions; a series of workshops at each participating institution to present and discuss the findings; and a review of the existing literature.

The project was run by the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah; those surveyed included members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Oberlin Group, University Library Group, and the Affinity Group.

Key findings of the survey include: 55 percent of respondents have, or are interested in, offering library publishing services. Interest in such services varied by institution size. Almost two-thirds of the programs collaborate with one or more other campus units, and over half of the respondents expect collaborations to increase in the next year. The three resources most needed for planning or operating a library-based publishing service are guides to business issues, information on publishing platforms, and examples of policy and process documents.

The report’s authors called on academic libraries to develop meaningful impact metrics, editorial quality and performance criteria, sustainability best practices, and return-on-investment justifications for funding. They also recommended that librarians create a shared repository of policies, tools, and templates; develop centrally hosted software solutions for publishing platforms; share service models and revenue approaches and promote collaborations and partnerships to leverage resources. To support these efforts, libraries must create both formal and informal training venues and establish dedicated library publishing positions.

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Meredith Schwartz (mschwartz@mediasourceinc.com) is Executive Editor of Library Journal.

Design Institute Heads to Washington!
On Friday, October 20, in partnership with Fort Vancouver Regional Library—at its award-winning Vancouver Community Library (WA)—the newest installment of Library Journal’s building and design event will provide ideas and inspiration for renovating, retrofitting, or re-building your library, no matter your budget!
Designing the Future: A Design Thinking Workshop
The challenges facing libraries are real, complex, and varied. As such, they require new points of view, tools, and strategies. This full-day workshop on October 17 at Hartford Public Library (CT) will tackle real-life problems during a series of collaborative exercises led by experienced design thinking facilitators from Chicago Public Library. Please call 646-380-0773 to inquire about our discounted team rates.