Utah State University

Merrill-Cazier Library

Digital Initiatives
United States

Primary Contact:
Becky Thoms
Copyright Librarian

Program Overview

USU Libraries is committed to the open dissemination of knowledge, as well as its delivery in new forms. Our publishing efforts emphasize open access and a commitment to look beyond traditional monographs and scholarly articles to disseminate dynamic scholarly works that can incorporate multimedia and social communications-style input.

Year publishing activities began: 2009

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (0.15); undergraduate students (0.5)

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 (3); student-driven journals (1); journals produced under contract/MOU for external groups (1); monographs (3); faculty conference papers and proceedings (1811); newsletters (2); ETDs (311); faculty and student posters

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

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

Disciplinary specialties:

Top publications: Journal of Indigenous Research (journal); Journal of Mormon History (journal); Journal of Western Archives (journal); Foundations of Wave Phenomena (journal); An Introduction to Editing Manuscripts for Medievalists (monograph)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 70

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

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

External partners:

Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); cataloging; metadata; author copyright advisory; digitization

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Building on existing collaborative relationship with the USU Press to connect authors with freelance providers of traditional publisher services such as peer review management, copy-editing, and typesetting.
Our digital publishing content is archived on bepress servers in several geographic locations; we also archive copies on an in-house server. Some titles are preserved in HathiTrust, and we are investigating DPN. View All Entries