Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Robert E. Kennedy Library

Digital Scholarship Services;
United States

Primary Contact:
Marisa Ramirez
Digital Scholarship Services Librarian

Program Overview

The Robert E. Kennedy Library provides digital services to assist the campus community with the creation, publication, sharing, and preservation of research, scholarship, and campus history.

Year publishing activities began: 2008

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (2); undergraduate students (3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (98); endowment income (2)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (6); student-driven journals (1); monographs (52); technical/research reports (102); faculty conference papers and proceedings (210); student conference papers and proceedings (160); newsletters (15); databases (1); ETDs (975); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (1841); graduate internship reports

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: history; philosophy; sustainability

Top publications: senior undergraduate projects; master’s theses; Between the Species (journal); California Climate Action Planning (conference proceedings)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion; We are in the process of joining LOCKSS and MetaArchive.

Additional services: typesetting; copy-editing; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registration; peer review management; business model development; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Hiring an Endowed Digital Scholarship Services Student Assistant through the Digital Scholarship Services Student Assistantship Program, which provides paid, experiential learning opportunities for Cal Poly students who are interested the various facets of the changing digital publishing landscape.
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