La Trobe University

La Trobe University Library

Library Business Services Team

Primary Contact:
Kathy Russell
Coordinator, Library Business Services
+61 3 9479 2920

Program Overview

The La Trobe eBureau’s mission is to invest in the development of quality, open access resources to support online and blended learning. All La Trobe eBureau textbooks are written by La Trobe authors for La Trobe courses. The aim is to promote the expertise of La Trobe academics and reduce resource costs for students by providing open access textbooks, available anytime, anywhere.

Year publishing activities began: 2016

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (.8)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): 3

Open access focus (1–5): 5

Advisory/editorial board: no

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018:

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); textbooks (3)

Number of open access titles: campus-based faculty-driven journals (2); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (3)

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; multimedia/interactive content

Disciplinary specialties: history; textbooks

Top publications: How to Do Science: Human Physiology (OER); Gallipoli, Anzacs and the Great War (OER); Caesar’s Triumphs over Gaul and Rome (OER)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

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

Internal partners: individual faculty

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): OJS

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; copy-editing; analytics; cataloging; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; peer review management; business model development; budget preparation; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; image services; audio/ video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: La Trobe eBureau is a new library service that is committed to high quality open access textbook publishing. Planning is focussed on increasing the number of titles available across a range of discipline areas.
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