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surveying busy researchers is a challenge. At the same time, we should not deny, as is often
said, that there is sometimes a role for libraries to take the lead in offering services rather than
simply responding to demand. A library might start small, perhaps by offering training relat-
ed to publishing and hosting of digital publications, thereby building credibility that could
lead to greater interest in publishing services (H. Green, personal communication, January
31, 2017, as cited in Lippincott, 2017). Hosting an open-access journal is a common place
to start: the editors of the journal are likely to feel that they can handle the entire produc-
tion process and need support only for publishing the journal-a minimal commitment of
resources from the library, which also has the opportunity to support open-access publish-
ing. However, publishing a journal is an ongoing commitment, for both the editors and the
library. I recommend instead beginning by publishing books, which are one-time commit-
ments for the author and library. Prospective journal editors could be steered toward a model
of "occasional papers" until it is clear that there is enough momentum to launch a journal.
Another reason to create a publishing program is to provide an opportunity for students to
learn about the process of academic publishing (Bonn & Furlough, 2015), either by author-
ing works (perhaps as a class project in collaboration with instructors) (Buckland, 2015),
conducting or managing peer review (Buckland, 2015; Spiro, 2015), or by contributing to
the production process (O'Donnell et al., 2015). These are all worthwhile goals, though they
should be coordinated with any other outreach efforts by library staff to educate students and
researchers about scholarly communication so as not to establish competing programming.
WHO SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO USE THE LIBRARY PUBLISHING PROGRAM?
Should a library serve only local authors? Academic libraries sometimes create a publishing
operation designed largely to replicate the conventional university press model, including
by publishing quality work regardless of author affiliation, but perhaps improving upon it
in some way, such as by making all works free to read online. Examples include Amherst
College Press (Howard, 2013), Concordia University Press, and Pacific University Press.
However, in many cases the goal for the library is simply to make scholarship produced at
the institution more widely available, perhaps invoking a return to the missions of the earli-
est American university presses, as chronicled by C. Kerr and G. Hawes (as cited in Courant
& Jones, 2015). If the library commits to this mission, it would make sense to publish only
work with a connection to the institution.
SHOULD THE PROGRAM CONDUCT PEER REVIEW?
Peer review is widely considered the cornerstone of conventional scholarly publishing.
While journal editors generally manage peer review with minimal support from their pub-
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Hawkins, Kevin S. Creating a Library Publishing Program for Scholarly Books: Your Options Are Limited, article, 2019; Forest Grove, Oregon. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1438965/m1/2/: accessed June 22, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .