Northwestern University

Northwestern University Librrary

Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation
United States

Primary Contact:
Claire Stewart
Head, Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication Services

Program Overview

We are engaged in planning activities to identify tools and support models that enable distributed, preservable publishing projects across the entire University. In initial phases, we anticipate the emphasis will be heavier on non-traditional products, transitioning to open theses, open journals, and open books as the key stakeholders, including our Press, move into closer technical and mission alignment.

Year publishing activities began: 2012

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (0.5)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (94); charitable contributions/ Friends of the Library organizations (3); grants (3)

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: databases (1); scholarly websites that are heavily content- driven

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images

Disciplinary specialties: classics; history

Top publications: Classicizing Chicago (digital collection)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed:

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; WordPress; Drupal

Digital preservation strategy: DuraCloud/DSpace; DPN; in-house; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); training; metadata; dataset management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Developing a consulting service for faculty seeking to establish new publications and engaging in conversations with partners on campus around a shared investment in a cloud-based WordPress service, with plans to build and extend custom plugins for publishing projects and to integrate CMS-based publishing projects with the library’s digital repository; exploring possible collaborations with the University Press, especially related to policy and infrastructure.
We are working in many areas that blur into “library publishing,” so it is sometimes hard to isolate the people, tasks, and funding that contribute to library publishing services. It is an area that we see as a growing component of our library’s scholarly and digital programs. The fact that the University Press also reports to the Dean of Libraries opens up avenues for fruitful discussion, but to date the Press’ publishing is quite separate from the Library’s. View All Entries