Utah State University

Utah State University Libraries

Academic Library · United States

Digitial Initiatives

Becky Thoms, Copyright Librarian
Phone: 435-797-0816
Email: becky.thoms@usu.edu

Program Overview

USU Libraries actively contribute to research and open education by creating and preserving digital resources that align with USU's research and curriculum goals. With a focus on digital literacy and scholarly communication, our publishing efforts incorporate multimedia and emerging trends in publishing to disseminate dynamic scholarly works and advance Open Educational Resources.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
  • Individual people: 5
  • Students: Graduate student(s), Undergraduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Charge backs/cost sharing, Charitable contributions, Library operating budget, Non-library campus budget

Publishing Activities

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Campus-based faculty-created: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 5
  • Required fee to enable Open Access: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 8
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 15


Top Publications:
  • Human-Wildlife Interactions (journal)
  • Small Satellite Conference (conference)
  • Mythology Unbound: An Online Textbook for Classical Mythology (OER)


  • Internal partners:  Campus departments or programs, Individual faculty, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: Yes
  • 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): Yes