Thursday, May 9, 2:30-3:30pm
Room: Barrick Gold Lecture Room (1520)

A Repository for the Community: Report on the British Library – Ubiquity Press Hyku Project

Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press; Torsten Reimer, British Library

Description: The open source Hyku repository system is a highly promising open source option for both large and small institutions, including those with library publishing operations. Hyku is designed to be a cloud-based, multi-tenant turnkey solution. Ubiquity Press and the British Library have been working together for the past year with the rest of the Hyku community to bring the platform to an MVP level. As part of this project the British Library has piloted the platform to see whether it could be provided as a hosted service to other memory institutions. At the same time Ubiquity has focused on developing the platform as a no-lock-in product offering that is integrated with its open source journal, book and conference publishing systems. This presentation will describe the work done and evaluate the platform in light of both organization’s goals.

Working Papers, A Work in Progress: Integrating Libraries with Publication and Preprint Services

Anna Oates, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Description: The vitality of open preprint services in the “creation and dissemination of knowledge” is irrefutable (Lynch, 2017). They enhance scholarship by enabling communities to interact with each other at the early stages of the research process. In the case of economics, the distribution of preprints is embedded in the culture of researchers’ scholarly communication. Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), founded by Thomas Krichel, has been a central force in the democratization of economic research culture since it began in 1997. RePEc is a subject bibliography of economic research, which indexes books, papers (i.e., working papers or preprints), articles, and software. It aggregates metadata from 200 contributing “archives” to freely distribute economic research. Among the contributing RePEc archives is Fed in Print, “the central catalog of publications [, working papers, and speeches] of the US Federal Reserve System.” Established in 1960 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Library, Fed in Print has existed under the aegis of libraries and librarians since its genesis. In 2014, Fed in Print integrated its system model to function as a RePEc archive, automatically feeding all scholarly production to RePEc. As Judy Ruttenberg elucidated in her presentation for ACRL’s webinar on “Preprint Repositories in the Social Sciences,” libraries and librarians are central to the framework of preprint services. As advocates for open practices, research lifecycle experts, and stewards of the scholarly record, librarians are fundamental forces to the ongoing development of sustainable preprint services. This presentation will provide a case study on Fed in Print as a model for unifying workflows for discovery of working papers and publications within library services. In addition, this presentation will discuss an extensible, exploratory framework to support increased standardization of scholarly records and democratization of RePEc maintenance, furthering the utility and efficiency of RePEc as a discovery service.

Lessons Learned From Online Publishing at the Library

Brian Sweeting, Digital Publishing Manager, EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Rob Crawford, Digital Publishing Associate, EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Gary Natriello, Ruth L. Gottesman Professor in Educational Research, Teachers College, Columbia University; Hui Soo Chae, Senior Director, Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University

Description: New Learning Times (www.newlearningtimes.com) is a mobile-friendly open educational resource that provides daily coverage of advances in learning technology, with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, accessibility, and diversity.

All of the content is produced and published by a dedicated group of students and staff situated in the library at Teachers College.

In this presentation, we’ll share the lessons we’ve learned from building a publishing team from scratch in a library space. We’ll focus on short and sweet tips for:

  • Recruiting a small team for in-house content creation
  • Optimizing for a fast and flexible workflow
  • Supporting innovation in the workplace
  • Creating opportunities for professional development
  • Collecting and sharing data