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Library Publishing Toolkit

Allison Brown, Cyril Oberlander, Katherine Pitcher, Patricia Uttaro

Both public and academic libraries are invested in the creation and distribution of information and digital content. They have morphed from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and seek best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services. The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers and authors in the public library setting to hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their position and resources to create and provide access to content.
The Library Publishing Toolkit is a project funded partially by Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program funds which are administered and supported by the Rochester Regional Library Council. The toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources. Our goals include to:

Develop strategies libraries can use to identify types of publishing services and content that can be created and curated by libraries.

Assess trends in digital content creation and publishing that can be useful in libraries and suggesting potential future projects.

Identify efficient workflows for distributing content for free online and with potential for some cost-recovery in print on demand markets.

For more information visit www.publishingtoolkit.org.

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About the Author: Allison Brown

  • Researcher & Editor, Library Publishing Toolkit
  • Editor & Production Manager, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo

About the Author: Cyril Oberlander

  • Library Publishing Toolkit Principal Investigator
  • Director, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo

About the Author: Katherine Pitcher

  • Project Supervisor, Library Publishing Toolkit
  • Head of Technical Services, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo

About the Author: Patricia Uttaro

  • Library Publishing Toolkit Principal Investigator
  • Library Director, Monroe County Library System

Open Monograph Press Public Knowledge Project
The IDS Project is a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative within New York State whose members include public and private academic libraries, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library (view a list of current members). The Project is based on a strong sense of community among its members and a unified collection perspective. The major goal of the Project is to continually implement and objectively evaluate innovative resource-sharing strategies, policies and procedures that will optimize mutual access to the information resources of all IDS Project libraries.  The IDS Project Press provides a platform for the promotion of resource sharing best practices.