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Skills & Training for Library Publishing

  1. 1. library publishing services skills, characteristics, & culture Shana Kimball Head, Publishing Services, Outreach, & Strategic Development | @shanakimball May 5, 2011 Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success IMLS Workshop Atlanta, GAThursday, May 5, 2011
  2. 2. 1. library publishing services @ michigan 2. my professional dev in library publishing 3. my librarian colleagues on skills & training 4. characteristics & culture in library publishingThursday, May 5, 2011
  3. 3. a suite of imprints and services dedicated to publishing and preserving the scholarly recordThursday, May 5, 2011
  4. 4. A brief history of publishing at the University of Michigan from the beginning of time to the present: 1858: UM publishes first book with university imprint (on asteroids) 1930: University of Michigan Press 1993: Mosaic Web Browser 1993-present: All hell breaks loose 2000: Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library 2004: Deep Blue (IR) 2009: Copyright Office March 2009: UM Press reports within Library late 2009: MPublishing; AUL for Publishing hiredThursday, May 5, 2011
  5. 5. Thursday, May 5, 2011
  6. 6. the piece I’ll talk about today [2000-2010]Thursday, May 5, 2011
  7. 7. library publishing services @ michigan journal publishing digital scholarly projects for-fee hosting services reprint program & POD support for new model publishingThursday, May 5, 2011
  8. 8. Thursday, May 5, 2011
  9. 9. my professional development in library publishingThursday, May 5, 2011
  10. 10. #alt-acThursday, May 5, 2011
  11. 11. my librarian colleagues (and me) on skills & training anecdataThursday, May 5, 2011
  12. 12. If you attended library school, how did it help prepare you to work in library publishing? “Many of the areas I explored in library school have application in publishing, notably user “It gave me context for the crisis in scholarly interface design and assessment, project communication, for understanding that management, metadata standards and their certain information services dont work in a application, and mark-up languages and their market, for understanding the ontology of application. In addition, its been helpful to documents and text, for an understanding of understand how libraries think about managing cataloging, and for some technology skills.” their acquisitions and their purchasing workflows.” “It shaped the way I thought about information, period. Accessibility, preservation, copyright, representing it, managing large amounts of it, all of that. I just had not thought about these things before. ... Library school DID NOT expose me to anything specific about the publishing industry, or how publishing is done, nor did it really train me in the specific standards and tools that are relevant (like ePub).”Thursday, May 5, 2011
  13. 13. Besides formal education, what professional development experiences helped train you for your work as a library publishing professional? Conference & professional meeting attendance Involvement in professional service (TEI Consortium, journal service, conference committees) Participating in panels, giving talks, writing articles Monitoring professional discussions online (blogs, list-servs, Twitter) Ongoing conversations with scholars, other publishing professionals, librariansThursday, May 5, 2011
  14. 14. In your view, would it be possible to retrain existing staff, or is hiring new talent the only way to create a publishing program? retraining is totally possible (given real support to do so)Thursday, May 5, 2011
  15. 15. What might be the core elements in a syllabus on library-based publishing? scholarly publishing 101 -- the publishing business models & and ecosystem, its history and current funding options dynamics publishing in/and the library -- how rights & permission in the digital age does our work relate to that of the rest of the library? creating & preserving digital content standards-based web design & dev practicum in working with scholars across the disciplines usability & information architecture digital publishing concepts and tools social media & online communities in higher ed content discovery and attention aggregation new product & service design project management graphic design for print publishingThursday, May 5, 2011
  16. 16. How would you characterize the needed skill sets for library publishing professionals? interest in information access, preservation, copyright familiarity with metadata standards, text markup, project management, information design, usability, assessment ability to work collaboratively across diverse skill sets and backgrounds comfort with interacting & negotiating with faculty flexibility & creativity in assembling existing tools and skills high degree of attention to emerging publishing opportunities & ability to locate those in an academic context awareness of traditional publishing values and processesThursday, May 5, 2011
  17. 17. characteristics & culture in library publishingThursday, May 5, 2011
  18. 18. Learn by doingThursday, May 5, 2011
  19. 19. Take on new projects that will stretch your existing skill setsThursday, May 5, 2011
  20. 20. Take on new projects that will stretch your existing skill sets (without too much growing pain)Thursday, May 5, 2011
  21. 21. Take on new projects that will stretch your existing skill sets (without too much growing pain) (with partners who are willing to learn with you)Thursday, May 5, 2011
  22. 22. Take small risks that make senseThursday, May 5, 2011
  23. 23. Develop partnerships that capitalize on complementary skill setsThursday, May 5, 2011
  24. 24. How can we use what were doing here over there?Thursday, May 5, 2011
  25. 25. Learn from the communityThursday, May 5, 2011
  26. 26. Share the ResultsThursday, May 5, 2011
  27. 27. publishing.umich.eduThursday, May 5, 2011
  28. 28. #pubcamp?Thursday, May 5, 2011
  29. 29. u ! yo nk tha @shanakimballThursday, May 5, 2011