University Publishing Initiatives
Director, Scholarly Communications Services
Project Euclid Manager
Duke University Press
Associate University Librarian for Publishing
University of Michigan
Project Euclid: Crossing Boundaries (Ruddy, Waller)
Beginning in 2000, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University Library initiated a not-for-profit publishing program to help small and independent publishers of math and statistics serial literature get online. Since that time, Project Euclid has grown from six journals to over 60, it distributes monographs and conference proceedings in addition to journals, and it provides access to hundreds of subscribing libraries and individuals worldwide. The project has developed a business model that succeeds in covering its own costs while at the same time allowing it to provide open access to over 70% of its content. A significant factor in the success of Project Euclid has been its joint operation since 2008 by the Cornell University Library and Duke University Press. While a cross-organizational and cross-institutional collaboration presents challenges, it also greatly expands core competencies and offers many creative opportunities. This project briefing will give some background on Euclid, but will focus primarily on the Library/Press collaboration and lessons learned in the joint operation of a not-for-profit, academic online publishing service.
MPublishing: Scholarly Publishing Strategy and Infrastructure at U. Michigan Library (Bonn)
Technological opportunities, shifts in academic attitudes about acceptable modes of scholarly communication, and economic constraints are all putting considerable pressure on scholarly publishing. These pressures create an important moment for universities to rethink and reshape their publishing infrastructure and overall scholarly publishing strategy. At the University of Michigan, several areas of scholarly publishing activity have been consolidated into MPublishing, a division of the University Library. This presentation will report on MPublishing, a year into its development, and describe its goals and strategies for building a cohesive scholarly publishing program through publication of content, through development of services and through advocacy and education.