Scholarly communications are changing with the application of technology. Historically
academic scholars established their reputations through publications in monographs and journals.
Scholarly presses often acted as an outlet for such publications. Research library budgets funded
the process through journal subscriptions and monograph purchases. However, as science, math
and engineering journal subscriptions increased, the funding for monographs decreased in
parallel, creating a need for new publication processes and funding models. An attractive
candidate for many university libraries has been digital publication opportunities, which seem
likely to decrease costs while maintaining the goals of faculty publication and dissemination.
This project followed a university research library and university press as they partnered
in a digital initiative to create an economically viable monograph series, using a dual-delivery
method of electronic and print publishing. Using an interpretivist epistemology, the researcher
employed observation, artifact analysis and qualitative interviews to examine the activities
surrounding the project. The research focused on the context of the digital library initiative and
the influence of that context on the choice and implementation of technology. Implications of
this research include insight into the social and organizational interactions surrounding a complex
technology project, pointing to the challenges of integrating people, information, technology and
foundational work in the realm of digital library initiatives.