Colby College

Colby College Libraries

Digital & Special Collections (launching August 12,2014)
United States

Primary Contact:
Martin Kelly
Assistant Director for Digital Collections

Program Overview

The publishing mission of Colby College Libraries Digital and Special Collections is to showcase the scholarly work of Colby’s faculty and students, make the college’s unique collections more broadly available, and contribute to open intellectual discourse.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (1); undergraduate students (1.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); campus-based student-driven journals (1); monographs (6); technical/research reports (10); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1); student conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (1); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (1285); Individual faculty SelectedWorks sites; course-related projects; college magazine; faculty articles; literary readings

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: Environmental Studies; Humanities; Economics; Jewish Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Top publications: Colby Quarterly; Honors Theses; Senior Scholar Papers; Colby Magazine; Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby (new)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 66.6

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; undergraduate students

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); Wordpress

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web) outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; open URL support; peer review management; author copyright advisory; digitization; image services; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Greater focus on special collections and institutional history. More faculty-driven initiatives. Planning to support two new major publishing initiatives with Colby's Center for the Arts and Humanities: the relaunch of the Colby Quarterly (1943–2003) and the development of a new undergraduate research journal.
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