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Library As Publisher, Part One: Current Status and Impact on Scholarly Communication


About The Webinar

An increasing number of university libraries have assumed responsibility for scholarly communication activities and university presses. This event will bring together professionals from a variety of institutions, asking them to address what the challenges have been for them, name their successes, and articulate their vision for the future.

Confirmed Speakers: Carol Ann Davis, Director of Digital Scholarship Services, University of South Florida Libraries;  Andrew Wesolek, Head of Digital Scholarship, Clemson University Libraries; Johanna MeetzScholarly Communications and Publishing Services Librarian and Associate Director of Pacific University Press, Pacific University

Event Sessions

Growing a Library Publishing Operation: Some Tips and Tools


Carol Ann Davis

Director of Digital Scholarship Services
University of South Florida

Johanna Meetz

Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services Librarian & Associate Director of Pacific University Press
Pacific University

Libraries face many challenges when initiating library publishing operations. This relatively new aspect of librarianship is not yet part of library school curricula, and some are still struggling to determine the skills needed for this area. The three speakers will discuss their experiences in library publishing at their separate institutions with distinct publishing environments. The University of South Florida published their first open access journal in 2007 and has no university press. Clemson University Libraries began publishing operations in 2013 and has some joint publishing efforts with Clemson University Press, which is administratively distinct from the Libraries.  Pacific University Press was founded in 2015 by the Libraries as a hybrid open access publisher, and librarians perform both traditional university press and library publishing operations. The speakers will share successes and challenges they have encountered in initiating their publishing operations and their vision for the future. They will also discuss the NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians and the upcoming Library Publishing Curriculum from Educopia and the Library Publishing Coalition. They will offer suggestions on how these tools can be applied to organize a new publishing operation, create job descriptions, and train new employees.

Additional Information

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