May 18, 2022

Michigan: Traverse Area District Library is Publishing a Digital Local History Magazine

Another addition for you library as publisher file.

From the Grand Traverse Insider and TADL Web Site

A new digital local history magazine, the Grand Traverse Journal, has emerged from a collaborative venture spurred by local history buffs and their access to self-publishing tools provided by the Traverse Area District Library (TADL).

“The goal of the Journal is two-fold,” said co-editor and TADL Special Collections Librarian, Amy Barritt. “It’s an outlet to preserve our region’s history and a tool to improve literacy through writing.”

Barritt along with co-editor, local historian and author Richard Fidler, research and write much of the content themselves, but they also seek submissions from local residents that have a story to tell.


Three issues of the Grand Traverse Journal have been published since its July launch. In addition to having an online digital presence at, the published Journal is available in a downloadable ePub format through OneClickDigital and a physical copy of each issue will be added to the library lending collection.

TADL publishes the journal using FastPencil, a self-publishing electronic resource that enables established and aspiring authors to create and prepare original works for publication. FastPencil is one of the many recent digital resources provided by TADL and offered to library patrons.

Audio: Listen to an Interview with Amy Barritt (via Michigan Public Radio)

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