Macalester College

DeWitt Wallace Library

Digital Scholarship and Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Johan Oberg
Digital Scholarship and Services Librarian

Program Overview

The Digital Publishing Unit of the DeWitt Wallace Library supports the creation, management, and dissemination of local digital- born scholarship in various formats. Essential to supporting this mission is the continuing exploration of evolving creation, collaboration, and publication tools; encoding methods; and development of staff skills and facility resources. The Unit serves the digital scholarship and electronic publishing needs through development of digital scholarship projects as well as open access online distribution of journals, articles, and conference proceedings. The Library is committed to playing an active role in the changing landscape of scholarly publishing and supports the ideals of the open access movement.

Year publishing activities began: 2004

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (3)

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

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (6); student-driven journals (2); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (1); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (100); college alumni magazine; conference proceedings; oral histories

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data

Disciplinary specialties: natural sciences; social sciences; fine arts; humanities; interdisciplinary studies

Top publications: “An Analysis of the Career Length of Professional Basketball Players” (thesis); “The Cultural Omnivore in Its Natural Habitat: Music Taste at a Liberal Arts College” (thesis); “What are the Effects of Mergers in the U.S. Airline Industry? An Econometric Analysis on Delta-Northwest Merger” (thesis); “The Mirror’s Reflection: Virgil’s Aeneid in English Translation” (thesis); “Fat Teen Trouble: A Sociological Perspective of Obesity in Adolescents” (thesis)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; undergraduate students

External partners: Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons); CONTENTdm

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: typesetting; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registration; dataset management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Working with faculty to develop data management curation and preservation.
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