Looking for some inspiring reading over the break? Sarah Lippincott’s new publication, Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era, is available as an open access ebook through the Charleston Briefings Series. From the blurb:
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.