May 26, 2022

Conference Presentation: “Bridging the Gaps: Finding Creative Solutions to Unmet Needs in a Growing Library Publishing Program”

A presentation from the 2019 Library Publishing Forum held in Vancouver, British Columbia is linked below.


Bridging the Gaps: Finding Creative Solutions to Unmet Needs in a Growing Library Publishing Program


Julia Lovett
University of Rhode Island

Andrée Rathemacher
University of Rhode Island


via Digital Commons at URI


With six peer-reviewed open access journals under our belt, our library publishing program at the University of Rhode Island is modest but growing. As the library has expanded and streamlined library publishing services in the past few years, we have conducted a series of interviews with editors to identify successes, challenges, and unmet needs that editors have encountered in the publishing process. The program relies on a combination of in-house and outsourced library services (including our Bepress platform), editorial board contributions, and occasionally additional funding by the University. URI journal editors have found creative solutions to unmet needs, such as hiring student workers, obtaining small internal grants, and hiring freelance designers online. Our findings will be of interest especially to libraries with nascent publishing programs and limited resources to devote to publishing activities.

Direct to Slides (13 pages; PDF)

Additional Materials

See Also: Another Presentation From 2019 LPC:
Students Perception of Open Textbooks: Students Tell Us What They Think About Open Textbooks in Their Courses

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