University of Florida

George A. Smathers Libraries

Digital Support Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Judith C. Russell
Dean of University Libraries

Program Overview

Library publishing at the University of Florida emphasizes collaboration. LibraryPress@UF is a new collaborative imprint with UF and the University Press of Florida with a mutual goal of publishing items featuring library collections and material unique to UF. Orange Grove Texts, for example, are open access textbooks prepared by University Press of Florida, hosted by UF Libraries. The UF Open Journal System Services Team is another collaborative effort where librarians, faculty and students publish open access scholarly serials hosted by Florida OJ, the statewide library installation of Public Knowledge Project’s OJS. The IR@UF provides professional preservation of serials in Florida OJ and actively collaborates to make scholarly work accessible, including dissertations, grey literature and published works. The Digital Support Services unit develops, manages, and publishes digital content from curated collections to support academic programs, organizes conversion and ingest capabilities, facilitates awareness of digital technologies and their application to collection and publishing services. The DSS department supports the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). UF Libraries are the technical partner and host for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library, both international collaboratives. DSS is among the largest digitization facilities in the southeastern United States.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: services are distributed across library units/departments

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: portions of time for multiple faculty and professional staff, 2 FTE

Funding sources (%): library operating budget, 90%; grants (Mellon/NEH Open Book grant) for 10%

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5): (5) Established

Open access focus (1–5): UF Libraries fully support open access to resources as part of our mission as a land-grant public university.

Advisory/editorial board: N

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2018: The LibraryPress@UF published three Panama Canal Museum books in 2017; more titles are in preparation for next year. Eight journals affiliated with UF Libraries published articles in Floida OJ. Additional publications were added to the IR@UF, The Libraries institutional repository. More information: and

Library publications in 2018: campus-based faculty-driven journals (3); campus-based student-driven journals (2); monographs (3); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (5); textbooks (1); newsletters (2); databases (14); ETDs (1198); student conference papers and proceedings (1); undergraduate capstones/honors theses (182)

Number of open access titles: journals (5); monographs (3)

Number of paid titles: journals (0); monographs (0)

Number of hybrid titles: journals (3); monographs (0)

Media formats: text; images; audio; video; data; concept maps, modeling, maps, or other visualizations

Disciplinary specialties: Agriculture; Caribbean Studies; Chemistry; Jewish Studies

Top publications: ARL Position Description Bank (database); Florida Entomologist (journal); Journal of Undergraduate Research (journal); Chemical Engineering Education (journal); Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (journal); Theory and Practice of Online Learning, 2nd ed (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 80

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs): 0

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

External partners: Florida Anthropological Society, Florida State Horticultural Society, Florida Geological Survey, Medical Anthropology Quarterly (post-print archive), Florida Entomological Society, St. Augustine Historical Society, Panama Canal Society, Rossica Society of Russian Philately, Florida and Caribbean newspaper publishers. See partner list:

Publishing platform(s): OJS; SobekCM (UF Digital Collections); Scalar; WordPress

Digital preservation strategy: FCLA DAITSS; HathiTrust; in-house Sobek CM

Additional services: print-on-demand; marketing; outreach; training; analytics; cataloging; metadata; compiling indexes and/or TOCs notification of A&I sources; notification of A&I sources; ISSN registry; ISBN registry; DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers; open URL support; dataset management; business model development; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; other author advisory; digitization; image services; data visualization; hosting of supplemental content; audio/video streaming; other

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: In the future close collaboration with the University Press for the LibraryPress@UF will continue. The Libraries and the Press joint Mellon Open Book grant for the digitziation and ePub creation for out of print books will continue. The Libraries are extending the new experience with ePubs for the creation of ePub textbooks in collaboration with the University of Havana. Ongoing activities include publication of textbooks, artists books, and experimental digital scholarship, along with integration with courses and academic programs, as with the academic publishing track in the graduate program for the Department of History and academic publishing internships and activities as they relate to the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate. The LibraryPress@UF will publish additional titles in 2018 including an ARL SPEC Kit on Libraries and Presses. The Libraries will continue to support journal publication with an editors round table; additional journals will be added to Florida OJ. The Libraries will build upon successful work in collaboration and community building, Collaborating with Strangers in Publishing ( The institutional repository, IR@UF, will be further promoted as a resource to faculty.
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