On library publishing and the Open Humanities Press: a panel presentation by the UCLA Library and the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office

Shana Kimball, Marta Brunner

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This panel will consist of two library-related presentations on scholarly publishing models:

Shana Kimball, University of Michigan

The University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office was formed in 2001 with the goal of developing low-cost, scalable mechanisms for electronic publication and distribution of journals, monographs and other digital scholarly content. Partnering with scholars from a wide range of academic institutions, it now supports over 40 publications and digital projects, large and small scale, publishing over 20, mostly open-access electronic journals, a small original monograph series, born-digital projects, as well as providing hosting services for large subscription-based resources. While primarily an electronic publisher, SPO also runs a print on demand program, with over 9000 books for sale on Amazon, and jointly publishes an imprint of open access and print books with the University of Michigan Press. Our new partnership with OHP enables us to extend our publishing capacity to support the development and distribution of high-quality monographs in the humanities.

This presentation will cover topics such as our business model; technological infrastructure; and digital and print publishing services. I will also speak more broadly about the role of the library-publisher in the future of digital publishing, noting the risks, challenges, and rewards of balancing technological capability with a scholarly mission.


Marta Brunner, University of California, Los Angeles

The UCLA Library does not have an analog to Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office, though it does provide a wide range of services relating to scholarly communication more broadly and scholarly publication more specifically.  As a campus, UCLA is still trying to formulate a coherent response to calls for the university as publisher and the Library is taking a leading role in thinking through alternative publishing models, identifying sets of questions that will need to be resolved along the way.  For instance, which parts of the publishing process are the creators' responsibilities and which are the responsibilities of heritage institutions like libraries and museums?  Which business models will support new modes of scholarly publication-particularly in the humanities-and will be sustainable from the library's point of view?

In this presentation, I will describe current scholarly publishing activities and services at UCLA, as well as UCLA's involvement in the OHP-led open access monograph publishing project. In addition, I will articulate a vision for a future scholarly publishing landscape in the humanities, as imagined from the perspective of an academic library like that of UCLA.