Kansas State University

Hale Library

Academic Library · United States

Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship


Ryan Otto, Scholarly Communication and Digital Scholarship Librarian
Email: CADS@ksu.edu

Program Overview

Further our land-grant mission by supporting the creation, housing, enabling discovery of, and providing open access to unique and impactful works of research, scholarly, and creative activities, and design created by the K-State community and beyond. Support the success of journals and conferences affiliated with K-State through offering publishing tools, platforms, and services.
  • Publishing activities began: 2004
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 4
  • Students: Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Expansive digital publications
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Posters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 16
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 9
  • Contracted by external groups: 7
  • Peer-reviewed: 13
  • Currently inactive or archived: 6
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 2


Top Publications:
  • The Art of Being Human: A Textbook for Cultural Anthropology (OER)
  • Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature (journal)
  • Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports (extension research reports)
  • Crop Adaptation and Improvement for Drought-Prone Environments (monograph)
  • Symphony in the Flint Hills Field Journal (event journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Agricultural extension and communications
  • Education
  • Health and human sciences
  • Modern languages


  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
    The university's extension publishing. We host the research reports journal for them.
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • DSpace
  • Islandora
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • analytics
  • applying for Cataloging in Publication Data
  • audio/video streaming
  • digitization
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISBN registry
  • metadata
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3
  • Archivematica
  • DuraCloud