Oregon State University

Oregon State University Libraries and Press

Center for Digital Scholarship and Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Michael Boock
Head of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services

Program Overview

Oregon State University Libraries’ publishing activities are primarily focused on the dissemination of scholarship produced by OSU faculty and students. This is achieved largely through the institutional repository ScholarsArchive@ OSU, which includes previously unpublished material such as electronic theses and dissertations,agricultural extension reports, and faculty datasets. OSU Libraries also hosts open access journals that include articles by OSU faculty. The Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship and Services digitizes selected out-of-print OSU Press publications, and provides open access to excerpts from Press books and supplementary materials such as maps and datasets. Other publishing activities involve the development of online resources that present and interpret unique holdings of OSU Libraries. Examples include extensive documentary histories and online exhibits on the Linus Pauling Papers and related archival collections in the History of Science and other areas. OSU Libraries has also developed digital resources in conjunction with books published by the OSU Press. Examples include a mobile application for touring historic buildings that is based on a book about Portland architecture, and a website that supports nature exploration related to a children’s book published by the Press.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

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 (2); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); technical/research reports (50); faculty conference papers and proceedings (965); student conference papers and proceedings (125); ETDs (670); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (35); datasets

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

Disciplinary specialties: forestry; agriculture; history of science; water studies

Top publications: Growing Your Own (technical report); Forest Phytophthoras (journal); International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade Conference Proceedings (conference proceedings); Journal of the Transportation Research Forum (journal); Reducing Fire Risk on Your Forest Property (technical report)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners: Transportation Research Forum; International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade; Western Dry Kiln Association; Oregon Institute for Natural Resources

Publishing platform(s): CONTENTdm; DSpace; Fedora; OJS/OCS/OMP; WordPress; Omeka

Digital preservation strategy: Archive-It; LOCKSS; MetaArchive

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; ISSN registration; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; dataset management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Our plans for the future largely focus on open access student journals, digital humanities, and open textbooks. Student journals will publish research from OSU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students from around the world in specific disciplines. Digital humanities projects will incorporate platforms that emphasize multimedia elements in presenting scholarship by OSU faculty. Open textbooks will involve a new partnership between the OSU Libraries and Press and the OSU Extended Campus Open Educational Resources unit to support development of open textbooks by OSU faculty. The OSU Libraries’ Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services will focus on digital publishing for at least the next three years, with a new incumbent providing vision and direction for innovation and sustainability in digital publishing.
It should be noted that while the OSU Press is part of the OSU Libraries organization, the Press’ publishing program, which results in the publication of approximately twenty-five books per year on the Pacific Northwest, has mostly operated independently from the Libraries’ publishing activities. Therefore, the descriptions of “library publishing” have not included the Press’ current print publishing output. In the future, the publishing programs of the Libraries and Press will be increasingly integrated. View All Entries