Gustavus Adolphus College

Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library

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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 for teaching, learning, and the public good.

Year publishing activities began: 2012

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: 0.4

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): At present they are modest and exploratory but we hope to grow our capacity to inform our faculty of publishing alternatives, support their work, and support our students' capacity to create public-facing research and creative projects.

Open access focus (1–5): 5

Advisory/editorial board: no

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: 0

Library publications in 2018: 150

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

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

Number of hybrid titles: n/a

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service: An Anthology of Faculty Statements (book)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: n/a

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): n/a

Internal partners: individual faculty; administrators; grants and foundations office

External partners: n/a

Publishing platform(s): PressBooks, ContentDM, WordPress

Digital preservation strategy: ContentDM

Additional services: cataloging; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; training

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Preserving student publications, both print and born-digital, while making them openly accessible. Publishing a local history book with a retired professor. Developing in-house expertise in platforms that can be used in courses to make student projects public. Providing more faculty development for developing digitally-inflected courses.
In the past year we have ramped up contributions to our repository in part because reporting new publications and presentations to our media office, our internal grants program, and to the library for IR consideration have all been unified in one submission form, which has greatly raised awareness. We have a staff member spending more time than in the past seeking out and processing contributions. We also have several departments conisdering or beginning to use our student repository for senior theses. This coming year one of our six librarians will have her position reformulated to focus on supporting ditigal scholarship in the classroom which should broaden our capacity to provide advice and support for making student work public on a variety of platforms. As a teaching institution, student learning is a priority, so our efforts will be trending toward more student engagement with public-facing research projects. View All Entries