Over the last 15 years, the digital disruption to the publishing market has changed scholarly monograph publishing workflows. Academic authors are choosing to self-publish and are more receptive to open models of publishing. Libraries can be key partners providing support to the academic community to facilitate publishing projects. For many years libraries have supported journal publishing but increasingly higher-education libraries, often initiated by academic community need. Libraries are taking a leading role in on-campus monograph publishing support particularly at institutions without a scholarly press. We will discuss three institutional approaches to supporting scholarly monograph publishing.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library (KPU) recently began an in house scholarly publications initiative focused on assisting faculty with sharing their work through several open platforms: Pressbooks, OJS (Open Journal Systems) and KORA, the KPU institutional repository. This group of services has been named Opus – Open Publishing Suite. In the case of monographs, the library has taken on the responsibility of acting as the institutional “Pressbooks agent” by providing training, support, and conversion & project management services. While the library is in the initial stages of this new program, we are ready to share our workflows, our successes and our surprises encountered so far.
At Ryerson University we are at a stage of piloting scholarly publishing initiatives and exploring different models of supporting faculty publishing including blended approaches that include author compensation, relationships with the campus bookstore, peer review strategies, project support, and exploring grant opportunities. We will also discuss how we set up and supported a range of digital publishing platforms that support faculty self-publishing.
University of Victoria Libraries is at a more mature stage of the publishing and has won an academic publishing award for its efforts. UVic’s ePublishing service has a mandate towards publishing open access books and textbooks funded through research grants. The program has also developed strategic partnerships with the campus bookstore and printing services to offer sales for print-on demand requests, and PDF and EPUB versions are available freely. Over 15 titles have been published under this model since its inception in 2010.
We will discuss the emerging role academic libraries can play in supporting non-traditional and scholarly monograph publishing. Participants will learn how to pilot and partner to create a sustainable digital monograph publishing environment. Practical considerations regarding support, workflows, marketing and the importance of cross-campus collaborations will be highlighted.