University of the Pacific

William Knox Holt Memorial Library

Digital Initiatives

Michele Gibney, Head of Publishing and Scholarship Support

Program Overview

Scholarly Commons is a service of the University of the Pacific Libraries to collect, publish, and make available research, scholarship, and creative works from the individual colleges, departments, and centers of the University. In addition, the institutional repository hosts several faculty and student run journals as well as faculty contributions to Open Educational Resources.

  • Publishing activities began: 2017
  • Location: United States
  • Languages published: English; Latin; German; French
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 2 - Early
  • Stage comments:
  • Open access focus (1-5): 5 - Completely
  • Program advisory/editorial board: No
  • Peer reviewed journals: 3%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 100%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; databases; datasets; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); expansive digital publications (digital humanities or other complex multimedia projects); journals, campus-based faculty-created; journals, campus-based student-created; journals, inactive back-issues; newsletters; technical/research reports; undergraduate capstones/honors theses.


Top publications:
  • Backstage Pass (student journal)
  • McGeorge Law Review (journal)
  • Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)
  • Pacific Journal of Health (journal)
  • Euleriana (journal)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • law
  • pharmacy
  • health sciences
  • mathematics
  • music


Internal partners: campus departments or programs

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 that provides support for publishing?

Work with a university press?

Administer a university press?

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)

Additional services:
  • analytics
  • audio/video streaming
  • author advisory – copyright
  • graphic design (print or web)
  • hosting of supplemental content
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • outreach
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:
  • Amazon S3