Library and University Press Publishing: Then and Now

Against the Grain, Nov 2017

Bob Nardini

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Library and University Press Publishing: Then and Now

Librar y and University Press Publishing : The n and Now Bob Nardini Ingram Library Services Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Library and Information Science Commons Recommended Citation - ALA MIDWINTER ISSUE v OLUME 26, NUMBER 6 DECEMBER 2014 - JANUARY 2015 TM “Linking Publishers, Vendors and Librarians” Library Publishing and University Press Publishing: Then and Now by Bob Nardini (Vice President, Product Development, Ingram Library Services) <> George Wilton Jacks (grandson of Bruce and Katina Strauch) was born on Monday, November 10 at 9:42 pm. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz. He and his mother Ileana and dad Sam are doing very well in Jacksonville, FL. Isn’t he just adorable? A precious bundle of joy for all. “Everything changed in the fall of 2008,” writes John Hussey to open the first of nine articles in this issue of Against the Grain devoted to the intersection of publishing by academic libraries and by university presses. John, now my Ingram colleague but who was then at the University Press of Kentucky, relates how the economic crash made a ruin of Kentucky’s plans for the publishing season. At the same time, the crisis forced the Press to analyze “every facet of the business” to survive in a harsher financial climate. One thing that eventually changed at Kentucky was that the Press and the library were merged organizationally and these two campus units who until then had had little to do with one another “were now sharing office spaces,” as John puts it in “Academic Publishing is Not in Crisis — It’s Just Changing.” That was the same year, 2008, when Against the Grain commissioned an earlier special issue on this same topic (December 2008-January 2009). Patrick Alexander, then and now at the Penn State University Press, is a special issue contributor then and now as well. “Then,” Patrick described the assets university presses might bring to a joint enterprise between organizations so culturally different. He confessed to having “no secret recipe” for success in these unions, which were in If Rumors Were Horses Hto begin? appy 2015! Lots of news to report so far! Where McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers’ founder Robert Franklin announced that he has passed the job and title of President to the awesomely deserving Rhonda Herman. Franklin will assume the new title of Founder and Editor-in-Chief. Founded in 1979, McFarland is an independent publisher of academic and nonfiction books. I remember reading about Franklin in the Wall Street Journal many years ago — it’s a great article. “Publishing: Niche Publisher Prospers — Without Grishams or Kings,” by Eleena de Lisser, Wall Street Journal, eastern edition, 12 March 1998, B1. Located in the beautiful mountain town of Jefferson, North Carolina, the publisher offers 5,100 books in print, offers nearly 3,000 eBooks through online booksellers, operates its own printing facility, and employs 55 people. Rhonda Herman joined the company in 1982 as Business Manager. She was promoted to Vice President in 1991 and to Executive Vice President in 2004. While she has worked at various times in her McFarland career in every corner of the operations, the early stages of taking shape at places like the University of California, New York University, Cornell, Duke, and North Carolina. Six years later, Patrick finds that best practices “continue to be in relatively short supply” and that cultural differences are as strong as ever. But he suggests that libraries and presses might evolve to complement one another, invoking in his suggestion the biologist E.O. Wilson. Read about it and even watch an E.O. Wilson video in, “The Ant, the University Press, and the Librarian: Reflections on the Evolution of Scholarly Communication.” Maria Bonn once referred to those early projects from 2008 as the “usual suspects,” pioneers who often found themselves drafted for panels as spokespersons for the young continued on page 12 What To Look For In This Issue: Opening Pandora’s (Cable) Box....... 63 Words of Warning.............................. 64 Frienemies: Vendor Tech Support.... 74 Grassroots Monographic Shared Print in the Corn Belt ................................. 76 The Coming Bubble Bust.................. 79 Collection Management and Shared Access in a Contemporary Consortial Environment...................................... 80 Interviews Audrey Powers................................... 41 Peter Shepherd .................................. 43 Stanley Wilder ................................... 49 Profiles Encouraged Audrey Powers................................... 42 Peter Shepherd .................................. 46 continued on page 6 Library Publishing ... from page 1 movement. Maria was then director of the University of Michigan’s Scholarly Publish ing Office. She recalls that publisher audience members ranged from “curious to skeptical to downright antagonistic” toward aspiring library publishers. Now, Maria teaches at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, where, a pioneer again, she is busy creating a program to train the “pubrarians” who, she hopes, will make careers in bridging the two cultures which, like Patrick Alexander, she sees as complementary. “Publishing, Libraries, Publishers, and Librarians: Shared Passions and Complementary Skill Sets to Ensure the v iability of the Scholarly Record” is her account of pioneering then, and pioneering now. Timely advice comes from Charles Watkinson in “Three Challenges of Pubrarianship.” Charles should know. He is a member of the library management team and also director of both library publishing and university press publishing at the University of Michigan, where he started in 2014 after holding a similar position at Purdue University for the prior five years. Pubrarians, he says, will need to find ways to convince librarians of the value of publishing, while shaping a merged publishing program in a way that protects the university press brand, and at the same time explores the new opportunities that he believes are “worth minting a new word for.” At the University of Georgia, it has never been “a question of why or how, but why not and how often” the library and the press, which Lisa Bayer directs, should collaborate with one another. Libraries and university presses are not the only constituencies with a stake in new academic publishing ventures, though. That’s one message from Lisa in “You Complete Me: On Building a v ertically Integrated Digital Humanities Program at the Univer sity of Georgia.” In her contribution, Lisa interviews a UGA historian, editor-in-chief at UGA Press, and the university librarian about Georgia’s faculty-led and library-housed digital humanities lab, scheduled to open soon, and UGA’s plans to create new forms of scholarship there that will be both transformational and sustainable. Rumors from page 8 But — great news!! Ann Okerson and Jim O’Donnell will be teaming up on Back Talk beginning with the February issue. We are very excited! I remember when Susan Spilka was Vice-President, Corporate Communications at John Wiley and Sons. Now the bam-zowie Susan is Marketing and Communications Director at CHORUS. Remember the panel in 2014 Charleston by Scott Plutchak Georgia isn’t alone in having located a new collaborative venture inside library walls. In “From University Press to the University’s Press: Building a One-Stop Resource for Scholarly Publishing,” Gary Dunham and Carolyn Walters, of Indiana University, record how IU’s Office of Scholarly Publishing was created in 2012 to move “content dissemination on campus from the university press to the university itself.” One highly visible outcome from the merged organization has been a “Scholars Commons,” housed in the library, where publishing consultation services are offered by staff from the library, the press, IT, and other campus groups, and where attendance at panels and workshops about book proposals, book contracts, and publishing a first book have forced the OSP, in effect today the “University’s press,” to find larger rooms for these oversubscribed events. What if there is no local university press? That’s the case at Oregon’s Pacific University, whose Isaac Gilman believes that libraries of all kinds need to consider making publishing a core service, even to the point of prioritizing it over “legacy services.” Isaac, himself the Publishing Services Librarian at Pacific, describes in some detail the philosophical as well as practical barriers publishing libraries will need to overcome, in addition to the skepticism they will face from both within their own profession and from without. “Adjunct No More: Promoting Scholarly Publishing as a Core Service of Academic Libraries” presents Isaac’s case. “How did we get into this mess?” asks Kevin S. Hawkins, of the University of North Texas, referring to today’s “dysfunctional” scholarly publishing system where library budgets and the cost of scholarly and scientific works so often head in different directions. Kevin doesn’t see “small-scale collaborations” between libraries and presses as the answer. Instead, in “How We Pay for Publishing,” he argues the need to “reimagine” an entirely new system for production of and access to scholarship. Kevin isn’t alone in believing the current system is broken. Wait till you read Paul Royster, of the University of Nebraska-Lin coln. Paul, in “A Library Publishing Manifesto,” explains exactly why he thinks library publishing is needed to atone for the “sins” of commercial publishers and what he counts as (University of Alabama Birmingham), Greg Tananbaum (ScholarNext), John v aughn (Association of American Universities), and Howard Ratner (CHORUS). The Panel was about the OSTP directive (2/22/13) to make peer reviewed articles and data resulting from research funded by federal agencies publicly accessible which has inspired several new initiatives, most notably the SHARE project being developed by university and library groups; and the publishing community-offered CHORUS project. There’s a lot of info online. The Library Lantern, the librarians’ newsletter from Taylor & Francis had a great write Against the Grain / December 2014 - January 2015 the failings of university presses. If readers find his contribution “overly rhetorical” or “hyperbolic,” as he admits they might, they'll be clear on where Paul stands. They'll also find as vigorous an argument for the value of library publishing as they're likely to encounter anywhere, as well as some practical advice for library publishers, all of it based in part upon what Paul has learned directing Zea Books, Nebraska's own program . “Everything changed,” John Hussey wrote to open things up, and in many ways it has. Organizationally, more libraries and university presses face mandates to work together. Fiscally, nothing has been the same since the crash . Some of those same “usual suspects” from 2008 are still with us, but this issue wasn't intended to check up on them. Then and now, what hasn't changed is that we are still not sure how to answer this question: What's the best relationship between library publishing and university press publishing? Is there an answer? Read the issue, get a taste of our contributors' energy, and enjoy the discussion they offer to the Against the Grain community . Speaking of which, watch the videos from the 2014 Against the Grain Penthouse Suite Interviews that are now available! See our chats with Dr . Sheila Corrall , from Pittsburgh University, Cheryl LaGuardia, from Harvard University, Scott Plutchak, from University of Alabama Birmingham, John Rennie, from Access Science, and Dr. James West, from Penn State University. -suite-interviews-now-available/ continued on page 18

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