Minitex, University of Minnesota & MN Office of Higher Education
Valerie Horton, Director
The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers. We believe that libraries have a vibrant role to play in helping local communities come together to create and share books.
Location: United States
Organization: consortia bringing public and academics together to support library publishing
Stage (1–5): 2 - Early
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No
Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
- Professional staff: 1
- Paraprofessional staff:
- Graduate students:
- Library Materials Budget: %
- Library Operating Budget: %
- Non-library Campus Budget: 80%
- Endowment Income: %
- Charitable Contributions: %
- Grants: %
- Sales Revenue: %
- Licensing Revenue: %
- Charge Backs: %
- Other: 20%
Publishing ActivitiesAll Library Publishing Activities:
- Monographs: 350
Best publications to refer to our program: We run a community of interest with participation from 30 academic libraries in the state. We also work closely with the public library community through the Council of Regional Public Library Systems.
Technologies & Services
Additional InformationPlans for Expansion & Future Directions:
We're looking into providing ISBN numbers, but still concentrating on training/sharing what has been successful at participating libraries.
We provide a system to publish a book and a platform to read the book statewide, and we're adding between 5 to 10 new authors each week. Individual academic and public libraries work with authors.
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