University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries

Open Scholarship & Publishing Services
United States

Primary Contact:
Kate McCready
Publishing Services Librarian

Program Overview

The Open Scholarship & Publishing Services Department is a new and growing department that currently consists of two closely cooperating units: The Publishing Services unit provides services and infrastructure that supports the creation, production, and dissemination of the University’s faculty and instructor produced digital scholarship. The Copyright Services unit provides education and consultation services on copyright, licensing and other intellectual property issues for the campus community. The major objectives for the department is to conceptualize, implement and promote sustainable services for content creation and publishing for scholarly and creative works for the campus community; integrate and anchor copyright services within the new department by maintaining and expanding current education, outreach, and consultation services, and finally anchoring and operationalizing scholarly communications activities within the department. The establishment of the new department is intended to anchor, sustain and resource interconnected libraries activities while bringing purposeful intra-connection with other Libraries activities and strategic initiatives that intersect with the work of the department.

Year publishing activities began: 2006

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: professional staff (2); paraprofessional staff (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (50); endowment income (25); grants (25)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2015:

Library publications in 2015: textbooks (2); faculty conference papers and proceedings (2520); ETDs (700)

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications:

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): CONTENTdm; DSpace; Wordpress; Drupal

Digital preservation strategy: CLOCKSS; DuraCloud; HathiTrust; Portico; digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: outreach; training; notification of A&I sources; dataset management; author copyright advisory; digitization; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Although many publishing services have existed before, the establishment of the new department coalescing many existing services into a single unit while expanding other operations, most notably publishing services. In the future the department will grow to incorporate an existing university permissions center and more fully anchor open scholarship solutions.
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