Colby College

Colby College Libraries

Digital & Special Collections
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 and creative 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:

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 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (2); campus-based student driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (2); technical/research reports (125); student conference papers and proceedings (1); newsletters (72); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (88); SelectedWorks sites; course-related projects; college magazine issues; faculty articles

Number of open access titles: 22

Number of paid titles: 0

Number of hybrid titles: 0

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; Undergraduate Research Symposium/Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS)

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 archives. Support for faculty and undergraduate data sets. Promotion of publishing support for faculty-edited undergraduate research journals.
Highlighted Publication: Bern Porter Collection of Contemporary Letters ( Housed in Colby College Special Collections, the Bern Porter Collection of Contemporary Letters is an eclectic mix of published and unpublished materials that reflects the complexity, creativity and humor of Porter himself. Bern Porter (Colby College ‘32) was an artist, philosopher, writer, scientist and activist from Maine. View All Entries