Kwantlen Polytechnic University

KPU Library


Primary Contact:
Karen Meijer-Kline
Scholarly Communications Librarian

Program Overview

Through its publishing activities, KPU Library collects and preserves a wide range of digital works created by, or on behalf of, the University, its faculty, staff, students, and affiliated partners. These materials include journal articles, conference presentations, textbooks and other educational materials, reports, artwork, videos, and much more. By sharing this content freely through the Internet, the university supports open scholarly communication and collaborative research both within our local community and globally. The various publishing tools we offer, such as our IR, Pressbooks, and OJS, preserve this content and make it easy to discover, thereby providing lasting visibility and recognition for scholarship at KPU.

Year publishing activities began: 2015

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (1); paraprofessional staff (.5)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 3

Open access focus (1–5): 4

Advisory/editorial board: no

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: technical/research reports (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2); ETDs (3); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (1); other open educational resources; other essays and papers

Number of open access titles: campus-based faculty-driven journals (1); campus-based student-driven journals (1)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties: sociology; education; criminology; psychology; anthropology

Top publications: “Making Selfies/Making Self: Digital Subjectivities in the Selfie” (conference publication)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

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

Internal partners: individual faculty; undergraduate students

External partners: BCcampus

Publishing platform(s): Islandora; OJS; Pressbooks

Digital preservation strategy: LOCKSS; KPU’s KORA is part of the BC provincial repository: Arca

Additional services: training; cataloging; metadata; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: We are only just getting started with publishing journals, but we have several lined up, both faculty and student driven. We expect to host up to eight journals within a year. We also expect several new textbooks to be published, as well as growth of the IR contents.
KPU Library hired a dedicated Scholarly Communications Librarian last year, and the library is very supportive and enthusiastic for support and growth in this area. Publishing at our library is still very young, but we are excited for the future! Regarding journals, we have two journals on OJS, but at the moment they have no content yet, so I did not add them in the main list of publications. View All Entries