January 28, 2022

New Article: “Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships”

The following article appears in a new, special issue of Learned Publishing titled, “The University Press Redux.”

All articles published in the special issue are open access.


Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships


Charles Watkinson
University of Michigan


Learned Publishing
Volume 29, Issue S1 (2016 )


Key points

  • Around 30% of campus-based members of the Association of American University Presses now report to libraries, more than double the number 5 years ago.
  • Beyond reporting relationships, physical collocation and joint strategic planning characterize the most integrated press/library partnerships.
  • The main mutual advantages of deep press/library collaboration are economic efficiency, greater relevance to parent institutions, and an increased capacity to engage with the changing needs of authors in the digital age.
  • There is emerging interest in collaboration at scale among libraries and presses that may extend the impact of press/library collaboration beyond single institutions.

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