March 19, 2018

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 ( is Executive Editor of Library Journal.

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