Catching the Wave: Academic Library as Scholarly Publisher by Tim Tamminga, BE Press


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Charleston Conference
Friday, November 5, 2010
2:00 - 2:50 PM

Academic libraries can become the center of on-campus scholarly publishing initiatives by offering and supporting scholarly publishing services.

This presentation explores the library as publisher from two perspectives:

Developing a library publishing strategy: What kind of publication support do our faculty need and expect? What types of services should libraries consider offering? How can we create a sustainable funding model for library publishing?

What are some of the issues that academic libraries encounter as they move into the field of publishing.

Showing real examples of how academic libraries are successfully providing publishing services, including:
• Peer-reviewed scholarly journals
• Student journals
• Monographs: the library Imprint or partnerships with the University Press
• Events publishing: Conferences and workshops

The discussion will show that academic libraries can provide publishing services that expand and enhance the range of library services to faculty, students, administration and their greater communities.

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Catching the Wave: Academic Library as Scholarly Publisher by Tim Tamminga, BE Press

  1. 1. Catching the Wave: Academic Library as Scholarly Publisher What does it look like when the academic library provides publishing services? Tim Tamminga Bepress
  2. 2. Traditional scholarly publishing and tenure
  3. 3. Commercial publishing cycle Publishers INTERNET Journal AGENT Readers Authors Referees Editor LIBRARY Research Community Print Subm ission Revision Peer review Adapted from “STM report…”, Mark Ware. Sept 2009
  4. 4. Publishing today – the threat “Vice Chancellors for Research and Deans are witnessing the gradual diminution of publishing options and opportunities for UC faculty, particularly in the arts and humanities.” “Junior faculty are beginning to struggle to get the book contracts they need for tenure and promotion; faculty working in innovative fields or non-traditional projects are constrained by a publishing model that cannot serve their needs; and campus resources are increasingly compromised by the commercial publishing culture” University of California taskforce on University Publishing. 2008 by Catherine Candee & Lynne Withey
  5. 5. Let’s add another publishing model INTERNET Journal Readers Authors Referees Editor LIBRARY Research Community Subm ission Revision Peer review
  6. 6. “The question is no longer whether libraries should offer publishing services, but what kinds of services libraries will offer.” Hahn, Karla L., 2008, ‘Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing,’ Association of Research Libraries. Accessed at: Publishing today – the possibilities
  7. 7. Who Benefits from Library Publishing Services? Students Scholars Broader Communities Library
  8. 8. Publishing Services for Scholars Scholars Institutes & Centers Faculty Emeriti Departments & Colleges Faculty & researchers Societies & Associations
  9. 9. Services for Students ConferencesStudents Creative outlets Journals Research series
  10. 10. Services for Communities Communities Non- academic communities Institutional Global academic
  11. 11. And is part of the institutional repository… • Library gives stamp of quality to each journal = trust • Branding • Enhances discoverability: • Maximizes resources and services • Provides a context for each journal (research content) • Unique design for each journal • Easier to ensure higher quality design • Ensures preservation/stewardship of the work When publishing is a library service…
  12. 12. • Serves the needs of stakeholders on campus by providing opportunities for new knowledge production • Serves a key institutional mission to share / distribute its knowledge to the world • Serves the business of the academy by supporting the unique facets of that institution – what makes it unique • Facilitates new opportunities for knowledge production and publication • Enables expansion of new library services across the academy Doing well by doing good
  13. 13. Why provide these services? "I envision the day when the universities take back scholarly communications from the publishers, and we don't have to ransom our content back from for-profit companies,“ [Paul Royster] says. "And that's our long-range goal here. That's probably not going to happen until well after I retire, but we see ourselves moving that way." Digital Repositories Foment a Quiet Revolution in Scholarship. The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13, 2010
  14. 14. Questions?