Maria S. Bonn
Director of the Scholarly Publishing Program
University of Michigan
Director, Scholarly Communication Initiatives
University of California, Office of the President
The University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) exists to provide an institutional venue for the electronic publication and distribution of scholarly content. This presentation will outline the policy issues that led to the creation of SPO, and then describe SPO’s organization and methods for building sustainable models and methods that bridge the gap between academic self-publishing and large-scale, aggregated commercial publishing. The presentation will conclude by suggesting several areas for cooperation and collaboration in building alternative venues for scholarly publishing. Among the issues addressed in the talk will be:
- Support for the traditional constructs of journal and monographic publication in an online environment.
- Publishing scholarly work expressly designed for electronic delivery.
- Developing services that are responsive to the needs of both producers and users.
- Fostering a better economic model for campus publishing.
- Supporting local control of intellectual assets.
- Creating highly functional scholarly resources.
The California Digital Library (CDL) has taken a different approach to scholarly communication initiative and these will be described and contrasted with the Michigan Strategy.