Dissatisfied with the current copyright and economic climate for scholarly publishing, and equipped with a preservation mission and a robust technological infrastructure, the University of Michigan Library started the Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) several years ago in order to provide an alternative to the scholarly publishing status quo. Six years later, SPO is the publisher of nearly twenty, mostly open-access electronic journals, a small original monograph series, born-digital special projects; and a provider of 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, as well as partners with the UM Press to create a joint imprint of open access and print books.
This presentation will discuss the genesis, operations, and ongoing challenges of running the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library. We will cover topics such as our business model; technological infrastructure; and digital and print publishing services. Finally, we 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 and economic/intellectual property advocacy.
Shana Kimball currently serves as interim co-director of the University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO), where she manages digitalculturebooks, the Library’s open-access imprint with the University of Michigan Press; coordinates the development and publication of SPO’s monographs, specifically a partnership with Open Humanities Press; and serves as managing editor for the Journal of Electronic Publishing. She has presented at industry and academic conferences on the emerging role of the academic library as a publisher, and has a strong interest in the intersection of social media and scholarship.
Maria Bonn is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan University Library, where she is responsible for developing and coordinating the publishing program and services of the University Library, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office.
Jeremy Morse presented on behalf of the Scholarly Publishing Office at the 2008 TOC conference.
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