Now available as an open access e-book through the Charleston Briefings series, Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era, by Sarah Kalikman Lippincott.
Why are so many libraries going into the publishing business at a time when scholarly publishing is facing so many challenges?
Publishing, after all, is a complex business and the trend in the marketplace is to economies of scale and the consolidation of smaller publishers into the fold of the largest. It does not seem a propitious moment for a library to become a small independent publisher.
So why are libraries doing this? How is this similar or different from the services commercial publishers provide? Does it involve offering the same services, or are new models, types of content, and needs resulting in new solutions that suit new players?
This book will help the reader understand the context of library publishing. It also explores when a publishing program is a good fit for a library and provides guidance for defining, launching or growing a publishing initiative.
Sarah Lippincott has been one of the driving forces behind the expansion of library publishing programs in North America. This is a thoughtful and well-informed overview of why libraries are becoming publishers, the distinctive characteristics of the publishing operations they are forming, and prospects for the future. Emerging fields need some foundational texts to define them and articulate a relevant body of theory. This concise and pithy volume delivers that service for library publishing.”
Supported by Gale, a Cengage Company
About the Author
Sarah Lippincott is a librarian and consultant specializing in scholarly communication and digital scholarship. She served as the inaugural Program Director for the Library Publishing Coalition, a community-led membership association whose mission is to support a broad range of publishing activities in academic and research libraries. She received her MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in the College of Letters and in French Studies from Wesleyan University. As a consultant, she has worked on strategic planning and communications for the Harvard Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC, and the open access journal eLife.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.