Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist, Libraries
The increase in the number of university presses reporting to their university libraries has brought opportunities for greater collaboration, communication, and alignment between two important pieces of the scholarly communications chain. This collaboration can be awkward. The perspectives of presses and libraries on key aspects of publishing can vary, and true partnerships are hard to identify. In early 2019, Temple University Libraries and Temple University Press launched a new joint imprint, North Broad Press. Building on the Libraries’ longstanding commitment to and interest in textbook affordability, as well as the Press’s expertise in project development, peer review, and production, North Broad Press publishes peer-reviewed open textbooks and other open educational resources written by Temple University faculty. Although funding primarily comes from the Libraries, staff from both the Press and the Libraries are involved in the editorial and production process. Speakers will present North Broad Press as a model for other libraries and presses looking for meaningful ways to collaborate. They will discuss how it was founded, how projects are acquired and produced, and how its staffing model works.