IFLA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Library Publishing 2019 Midterm Meeting

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    Publishing in the hands of librarians
    (Kennesaw State University, 2019) Murphy, Aajay; Chatterji, Promita
    "It is one of the noblest duties of a university to advance knowledge, and to diffuse it not merely among those who can attend the daily lectures but far and wide." — Daniel Coit Gilman, founder of Johns Hopkins University Press Today’s institution-led publishing can take many forms. As sophisticated technologies become more user friendly, ever more usable digital publishing platforms are emerging. Increasingly, librarians and academics themselves are the new vanguard. Two panelists will each present what they are doing to further the cause of university- or academic-led publishing. Promita Chatterji, Product Manager at bepress, will describe the drivers behind open access publishing globally. She will discuss the traits of what makes for a flexible, secure, usable and scalable publishing platform, as well as how the most successful platforms will seamlessly integrate with the library’s institutional repository. Next, Aajay Murphy, Repository and Publishing Manager at Kennesaw State University, will demonstrate how the library’s open access publishing program supports KSU’s strategic goal of internationalization by partnering with global research organizations. Aajay will discusses the principles that shaped the evolution of their program, including fostering international participation in all steps of the publishing process. Session attendees will get an understanding of why open access publishing matters to universities globally and the specific steps universities are taking to achieve their goals.
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    Quality communication: Is there a best practice for all library publishing programs?
    (Penn State University, 2019) Laird, Ally
    Each library publishing program differs in the amount of staff and support they have, so the amount of time available to spend overseeing each journal publication and communicating with their editors also varies. Library publishers have the additional challenge of working with both traditional publications and bespoke or otherwise explorative publications with less defined measurements of success and quality. Student-run journals or faculty journals that do not publish on a specific schedule, for example, are important for library publishing programs to support, but they pose specific challenges when it comes to editor communication and discussions of quality. At Penn State, our solution is to publish with two levels for our journal publications, a “Supported” and “Imprint” level, which allows us to differentiate between these publication types. With these levels, new journals are able to move up in support after we discern their publishing quality and timeliness. Other library programs do not differentiate between these publications and support all of them in similar ways. However, neither framework defines how often communication with each editor should be made, and thus editors are often only communicated with when a problem arises on their end, rather than with consistent follow up and guidance from the library publisher. I would like to suggest that a method of consistent communication is necessary for all types of publications, even if it the application looks different across library publishing programs with different levels of staff and support. In this round table discussion, I will facilitate the sharing of knowledge between experienced and new publishing programs regarding their communication methods for the different types of publications we support, with the goal of establishing a baseline best practice that can be adapted to work for all types of library publishers.
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    Small is big and slow is fast: Stockholm University Press as a case study
    (Stockholm University Press, 2019) Lenz, Christina
    Stockholm University Press is a small fully open access university press at Stockholm University Library. The press was founded after a decision made by the Vice Chancellor of Stockholm University in December 2012. Late in 2014 we had our first journal, then the first book came in January 2015. We were slow at start with a long and tortuous journey, but we find that the publishing support we have is of high quality, aiming always to give fast publishing support. Today we have eight Journals and 22 published books. Professionals in publishing, with an editor of book publishing and one of Journals, but with always new lessons to be learned, i.e. regarding the peer review process, which we are now in the position of changing, and digital challenges. These challenges will be focused on in this lightning presentation. From experience we know that implementation of systems and processes need to be made thoroughly to secure the quality of the publishing services. Slow processes will result into fast processes when we do them carefully. Since Stockholm University Press is a small publisher we also need to think big and collaborate, with other library publishers and academic publishers. I will shortly mention some of those collaborations, as I am a Board member of Association of European University Presses (AEUP). Our small press has a big advantage of being part of the library organisation, in giving relevant and sustainable publishing support for our researchers, not to mention on the infrastructure side of things for both the Library and the press. I will give examples of that in the presentation. We believe that being part of something bigger can show how a small university press can think big, and also by being slowly in the end be quite fast.
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    The desire for global engagement in independent library-published journals
    (University at Buffalo, 2019) Hollister, Christopher
    Digital library publishing provides the opportunity for innovative scholars to expand their academic fields with greater international engagement while at the same time undertaking the work of reacquiring control of their professional literature from the global commercial publishing enterprise. Advancements in library publishing venues, platforms, and services align well with the rising open access movement, which is based in part on the ideal of worldwide scholarly engagement. Notwithstanding this lofty goal and the supporting developments in the library publishing industry, the practical barriers of attracting and producing high quality scholarly works from non-native-speaking authors—regardless of that spoken language—remains a significant challenge to the process of international knowledge exchange. The presenter (or convener of this round table discussion) is co-founder and co-editor of an award winning, open access, and library published journal that is well ranked in the field of library and information science and entering into its 13th year of publication. This is an English language journal. To date, it has received manuscript submissions from scholars in 36 countries around the world, and it has published papers from 10 of those countries. Still, the journal lacks the capacity to process many of its scholarly manuscript submissions from non-English-speaking authors; editing continues to be a particularly problematic part of the process. The presenter will engage attendees in potential collaborative solutions to the challenge of international knowledge exchange, not simply for the journal he edits, but more importantly for the benefit of the greater library publishing community.
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    Publishing the ITT Short Story Collection without a budget!
    (Technological University Dublin, 2019) Connolly, Gerard; Walker-Headon, Niamh
    In 2016, the library of the then Institute of Technology, Tallaght launched the ITT Short Story Competition, in collaboration with South Dublin Libraries and the Red Line Book Festival. Submissions of between 1,500 and 2,000 words, on any topic, were invited from anywhere in the world. From the outset, it was envisaged that the ten stories finally shortlisted would be published in an anthology under the auspices of IT Tallaght. Following weeks of research into the bewildering array of self-publishing services on offer, the editors settled on CreateSpace, and the collection eventually appeared under the title Together, in paperback form, [print on demand], and as a Kindle e-book. The process was repeated in 2017, with the Lifeblood anthology being proofed, edited and designed in-house by library-staff-turned-publishers, and only slightly altered last year for a third collection, Stand Fast!, as CreateSpace became absorbed into Kindle Direct Publishing. The now-annual ritual of preparing the anthology for publication has proved immensely rewarding for the library staff involved, acquainting them with the nuts and bolts of a profession not normally thought to overlap their own. Furthermore, not only has the realisation of the stories in book form turned out to be the perfect way of bringing down the curtain on that year’s competition, each stage of the process, from making the initial overtures to the global writing community through to mailing the paperbacks out to authors and libraries, has allowed for unique opportunities to engage with stakeholders and a public we would otherwise have no reason to encounter.