Macalester College

DeWitt Wallace Library

Digital Scholarship & 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, preservation, and dissemination of local digital-born scholarship in various formats. Essential to supporting this mission is the continued 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 the 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 changing the 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: professional staff (1); paraprofesional staff (0.5)

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 2016:

Library publications in 2016: campus-based faculty driven journals (2); campus-based student driven journals (2); journals produced under contract/MOU for external gropus (1); monographs (1); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (26); oral histories for the college

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; video; data

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

Top publications: Captive Audiences/Captive Performers; LibTech Conference Presentations; Himalaya, The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies; Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy; Tapestries: Interwoven Voices of Local and Global Identities

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; Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

External partners: Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

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

Digital preservation strategy: We have remotely hosted services and we rely on the vendor.

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); typesetting; marketing; outreach; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; dataset management; peer review management; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Potential new initiative with Oberlin Group Libraries and Lever Initiative to work on OA monograph publishing. We also recently joined the Open Textbook Network.
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