Colby College

Colby College Libraries

Digital Initiatives
United States

Primary Contact:
Martin Kelly
Digital Collections Librarian

Program Overview

The publishing mission of the Colby College Libraries 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: 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): (3) Developmental Stage

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); campus-based student-driven journals (1); monographs (5); student conference papers and proceedings; newsletters (1); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (37); course-related projects (9)

Number of open access titles: journals (3); monographs (5)

Number of paid titles: journals (); monographs ()

Number of hybrid titles: journals (); monographs ()

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

Disciplinary specialties: Environmental Studies; Humanities; Economics; Jewish Studies; Science, Technology and Society

Top publications: Colby College Special Collections and Archives (digital collection); Journal of Environmental and Resource Economics at Colby (journal); Colby Quarterly (journal); Honors Theses (repository series); Atlas of Maine (journal);

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 66.6

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners: outside researchers/authors; Maine state public and academic libraries; DPLA

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); Wordpress; Artstor Shared Shelf

Digital preservation strategy: We are using the institutional repository in combination with college-administered storage (cloud- and local server-based) as we attempt to develop a true preservation plan.

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: Focus on special collections and institutional archives. Support for faculty and undergraduate data sets. Promotion of publishing support for faculty-edited undergraduate research journals.
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