Thursday, May 9, 10:00-11:00am
Room: Barrick Gold Lecture Room (1520)

Publishing an Open Access Monograph

Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Specialist, Penn State University Libraries

Description: In 2017, the Penn State Libraries Open Publishing Program received a publishing proposal from the Penn State Press for a fully digital Open Access edited collection. The editor’s criteria for the monograph-length publication didn’t meet the Press’ publishing requirements, so they passed this project onto our Open Publishing Program, which is organized under the University Libraries, as is our Press. The monograph, which is a work of collected stories and experiences from past and current students in the Law School Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, was to be published digitally and without restrictions, to facilitate use and access by as many readers as possible. As the first monograph publication for our Libraries Open Publishing unit, it raised questions about best practices for publishing OA monograph content within the library, such as should we provide an ePub version, use an ISBN vs. DOI, preservation, indexing, and cataloging questions, and what platform to use. Through our planning process, we decided to publish the content in Drupal, using a platform that we already support for our bibliography publications, instead of searching for a new platform to host. This presentation will share the ways this process has been successful for us and reflect on the questions that it has raised regarding how the field of library publishing should engage in providing monograph and other book type publication services.

Creating an Open Anthology: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Emma Molls, University of Minnesota

Description: In the summer of 2016, a sociology professor approached UMN Libraries Publishing searching for a publisher to publish an anthology of works authored by a lesser-known scholar. The book would contain previously published and unpublished works that spanned the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s’ and ’70s. This presentation will address the challenges of locating works from defunct publishers, working to secure rights for a digital publication with unlimited uses, and creating digital copies of hard to find print-only works. This session will also present opportunities for working with library administration to publish orphan works. In addition to mapping out workflows for an open anthology, Finally, the presenter will argue for libraries to publish more orphan works by authors whose voices have been marginalized throughout publishing history.

Additionally, there are multiple high quality, digital book publishing tools available to library publishers, this session will also touch on how libraries can use a single project to assess the usability and technology of different platforms.

Library Press as a Partner: Publishing an OER on OER

Johanna Meetz, Pacific University

Description: This presentation is a case study in library scholarship published by a library-born press. We explore the development of Pacific University Press, its strategies for sustainability, and institutional investments in its success. The exploration of the press is framed around the framework of the development and publication of the recently published book, OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians. In addition to learning strategies for developing and maintaining a university press, participants will gain insights into how to conceptualize and manage the process of editing a monograph.