Day/time: May 8, 2023, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Title: Law Library Faculty Publication Services


  • Liz Parker, Publication Services Librarian, Legal Research Center, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Sasha Nunez, Research Assistant, Legal Research Center, University of San Diego School of Law

Description: Our academic law library introduced a Faculty Publication Services program that has grown to become very successful over the last five years. A publication services librarian or library specialist works hand-in-hand with a law school faculty member on a particular book or article, providing targeted citation research, footnote formatting, proofreading, and even substantive manuscript editing.

Title: The Pittsburgh Novel: An Interactive Bibliography 3 Years in the Making

Presenter: Angel Peterson, Open Publishing Production Specialist, Penn State University

Description: “In rural Washington County, a 12-year-old helps rebels plot against the United States government. In a stately McKean County mansion, a popular governor seeks to drown a dark family secret. On Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington, an overzealous football fan escapes down the Incline after choking a rival fan to death with a Terrible Towel. These events are fiction, and found within more than 1,500 novels, short stories, stage plays, motion pictures, and televisions series set in Western Pennsylvania since 1792.” This quote, pulled from the bibliography introduction, sets the stage for this presentation.

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Open Publishing Program publishes scholarly annotated bibliographies in partnership with units/departments within Penn State and editors across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This presentation will discuss the workflow we followed to publish the extensive The Pittsburgh Novel: Western Pennsylvania in Fiction and Drama, 1792-2022 bibliography edited by Jake and Peter Oresick. It will include how this publication came to our publishing program straight through to launch more than three years later. The presentation will discuss the software used to publish this dynamic, searchable, annotated database of titles centered in Western Pennsylvania, and showcase the variety of search features available: genre, keywords, a nested places list, and an interactive map. The presentation will provide a demonstration of these features. This bibliography is important to those who live in western Pennsylvania as it showcases and represents members of those communities.

This presentation will discuss the initial scope of this publication and how it changed over time as our goals for it changed.

Title: Turning Gray Literature into Gold

Presenter: Zoe Wake Hyde, Community Development Manager for Humanities Commons, Michigan State University

Description: While journals and monographs may be the most valorised outputs of research work, they are far from the only ones. In the pursuit of a more equitable knowledge ecosystem – where barriers to access and participation in knowledge creation are continually lowered – these “other” materials, sometimes referred to as gray literature, are just as important to publish and promote. Without them, our body of knowledge is incomplete, neglecting major, often timely, contributions to education, industry, and community. This session will consider gray literature as a prime candidate to drive increased open access publishing for individuals and institutions.

We will first establish a shared understanding of gray literature, working with an expansive definition that includes educational resources, blog posts, visual media, and other non-traditional scholarly outputs. We will then consider what “publishing” of such materials could and should look like, emphasizing the “making public” definition of publishing, rather than “making prestigious”. This distinction allows us to imagine a different kind of life for published works, and clarifies the requirements to support such activity; when the goal is to make public, to find your public, we need systems designed not just to store works and make them accessible, but to connect them with the communities who will value them most.

Finally, we will explore the necessary cultural and technical factors to foster a vibrant, expansive open publishing Commons, and lay out an existing map of tools and networks (including Humanities Commons, identifier providers and the US Repository Network project) that enable anyone to begin engaging the scholarly community with new ideas in new forms.