University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press

Academic Library · United States

Division of Publishing, Preservation, Research and Digital Access

Paige Morgan, Head of Digital Initiatives and Preservation

Program Overview

We offer open access publishing opportunities to more comprehensively support, record, and promote the scholarly activities of faculty and students, providing opportunities for creating and widely disseminating new scholarship. We seek to educate researchers and community members about the larger contexts of open access and their options in terms of making their scholarship widely available, accessible, and discoverable, through our institutional repository and other platforms.
  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Most

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 3
  • Individual people: 3
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Datasets
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Grey literature
  • Journals
  • Multimedia

Journal Publishing:
  • Currently inactive or archived: 2


Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Latin American studies
  • Dance
  • Natural sciences
  • Regional history/anthropology
  • Communications


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: Yes
    The University of Delaware Press operates as part of the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press. The Press assists in advising authors in the development, editing, and dissemination strategies for library publications.
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners if there is a tie to my institution (e.g., local editor of a journal for an external scholarly society)
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • DSpace
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • training
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Digital preservation services under discussion


Additional Information

Last Year:
We have added a Digital Publishing Specialist non-exempt staff role, which is focused primarily on gathering research publications from faculty and graduate students, and making appropriate versions of them available open access.
Future Plans:
We are planning a major expansion of multi-modal and open access publishing via the Manifold platform. Courtesy of funding from a new Mellon grant, the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press will be installing Manifold in 2023, and will publish a grant-supported open access book in 2024. The University of Delaware Press will leverage this platform to begin publishing open access books and multi-modal sites for other press books in 2024, as well. We have recently upgraded our institutional repository UDSpace to DSpace 7.4, and we expect to continue expanding our efforts around IR publishing in the next year. A selection of Press titles from its first 40 years will also be made available on an open access basis on UDSpace, alongside a newly published title on the Biden School of Public Policy.