Gustavus Adolphus College

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

United States

Primary Contact:
Barbara Fister
Academic Librarian

Program Overview

We hope to explore (with faculty in the disciplines) alternatives to closed access publishing systems.

Year publishing activities began: 2012

Organization: We're so small (6 librarians, one of whom is also the college archivist) that we wear many hats, including this one. If we had to characterize it in a word, I'd call it "anarchist."

Total FTE in support of publishing activities:

Funding sources (%): library materials 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: We expect to do more digital humanities projects that will be public in the next few years.

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications:

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 0

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: individual faculty

External partners: Oberlin Group; we also kick in some support for an OA LIS journal.

Publishing platform(s): PressBooks

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: cataloging

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are among Oberlin Group libraries investigating the feasibility of collectively launching or lending significant support to a liberal arts press. So far, we have some research to share that has been quite interesting (available at We are also planning to set aside a percentage of our acquisitions budget annually to devote to OA support. At the moment it's a *very tiny* percentage, but I hope it's a way to be intentional about our commitment to sharing knowledge with the world.
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