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Thursday, November 9 • 7:30am - 8:15am
Sunrise Session: Libraries as Self-Publishers

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The presentation discusses the challenges and motivations of library publishing as institutional self-publishing from an overall market perspective. The discussion will focus on three main issues.

Firstly, the role of academic libraries has dramatically changed towards a provider of access to scholarly information. We argue that full-fledged publication services can be an integral part of a libraries service portfolio which centered about the scholarly communication needs of patrons.

Secondly, publishing operations of different form require a distinctive skill set not necessarily available in libraries. As for the editorial layer of publishing, training will be needed. However, as for the operational side of publishing, we argue that digital transformation has facilitated a disintegration of the publishing process; offering an expanding landscape of plug&play publishing services which allow non-commercial actors to sustain professional publishing operations.

Thirdly, many librarians voice concerns over poor quality when it comes to self-publishing. We argue that in academic publishing quality may better be regarded as a continuum rather than a binary. Different library publishing endeavors have different (institutional) stakeholders and need to meet varying expectations. Hence, different standards for what is considered quality publishing output may be appropriate. For example, commercial publishers are increasingly focus on must-have reference works with global audience, libraries may welcome quality titles with more regional taste.

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Oliver Schnoor

Sales Manager, Books on Demand / PubliQation

Thursday November 9, 2017 7:30am - 8:15am EST
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401