The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Libraries, Presses, and Publishing, SPEC Kit 357, an exploration of ARL member library publishing activity.
This SPEC Kit gathers information on the breadth of practice taking place at the intersection of research libraries, presses, and publishing, and on the blurring of boundaries as libraries engage in publishing and press activities in new ways. The study explores which activities are associated with library publishing, the level of library/publishing/press integration and collaboration with or creation of formal publishing/press operations, and the organizational structuring of these activities and programs.
SPEC Kit 357 includes examples of publishing service options, press staffing, publishing information for authors and editors, and publication lists.
SPEC Kit 357, Libraries, Presses, and Publishing
Laurie N. Taylor, Brian W. Keith, Chelsea Dinsmore, and Meredith Morris-Babb
November 2017 • 178 pp.
SPEC Kits on the ARL Digital Publications platform are open access and freely available to all readers.
Print copies of SPEC Kit 357 are available for purchase.
ISBN 1-59407-983-8 • $40 ARL members/$50 all others
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