Libraries and University Publishing Operations



In a variety of (mostly US) universities, presses have been brought under the auspices of the library. What insights do libraries have to offer about the processes of manuscript acquisition or production workflow? What innovations have they introduced? Is scholarly communication being changed by this shift? Is it working? This Roundtable Discussion will bring together representatives from presses and libraries to spotlight successes and lessons learned. 

Confirmed Participants (in alphabetical order): Emma Molls, University of Minnesota; Arthur Andrew Rouner, George Mason University Press; Erich van Rijn, UC-Press; and Liz Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press.

Event Sessions

Roundtable Discussion


Arthur Rouner

Director, Mason Publishing Group and George Mason University Press
George Mason University

Elizabeth Scarpelli

Publishing Director
University of Cincinnati Press and Cincinnati Library Publishing Services

Erich van Rijn

Director of Journals and Open Access
University of California Press

Moderated by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

Some of the questions that Todd will ask panelist to address include:

  1. What are the internal pressures facing your press or parent institution/library? (Funding or available subsidies? Issues with reporting structures? Costs of production and/or support for multiple formats? Lack of staff?) 


  1. What are some of the external pressures or challenges that you or those in roles similar to your own face in the marketplace? (Library acquisition budgets? Flow of available manuscripts? Supplier availability?) 


  1. How might universities or institutions foster/deepen relationships between the university press and the library? Is there a need for either the library or the press to reposition itself? 


  1. Are institutional researchers and faculty asking for greater diversity in publication formats?  How might the community support the development of different formats and outputs?


  1. To what extent are faculty seeking open access as a part of the publication plan for their work? How do you address those needs or demands when OA may be competitive with an edition that represents a contribution to revenue? 


  1. How might libraries and university presses be thinking about support for open infrastructure in the context of producing and distributing scholarly output?


  1. How much elasticity is there in the current marketplace for experimentation by university presses and libraries? What might be some exciting areas of innovation or expansion?


  1. Historically, the reward system in academia has included metrics tied to publication (acquisition of a ms. by a university press and the book’s subsequent sales) and to use (citation activity, library circulation, etc.)  What additional (new) metrics does this panel think might be useful as indicators of value?


  1. What kinds of shared initiatives might make sense in the current environment? What types of partnerships would benefit the community as a whole?


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