May 19, 2022

A New Report From CLIR: “The Once and Future Publishing Library”

Here’s a new report published and released online today (July 31, 2015) by CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources).


The Once and Future Publishing Library


Ann Okerson
Center for Research Libraries

Alex Holzman
Alex Publishing


Council on Library and Information Resources

CLIR Publication No. 166
ISBN: 978-1-932326-53-6


The report explores the revitalization of library publishing and its possible future, and examines elements that influence the success and sustainability of library publishing initiatives.

The authors trace the history of library publishing and factors that have transformed the publishing landscape, and describe several significant library-press collaborations forged over the past two decades. Authors include results of a survey they conducted to better understand how current library publishing initiatives are supported financially. They conclude with a series of observations about the range of publishing initiatives in American academic libraries.

The report was funded by a grant from The Goodall Family Charitable Foundation.

Direct to Full Text Report (65 pages; PDF)

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