32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Friday, November 9 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Open Access Book Publishing: Case Studies from the Field

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Libraries and university presses are partnering in increasingly enterprising approaches to book publishing, incorporating Open Access alongside commercial channels. With the many recent experiments to find sustainable approaches to book publishing, so have there been many questions. What is the effect on a university press of making its books available for free online? If a library digitizes out of print books and makes them available on its repository, does that bring new readers and new revenue? Is there any evidence that channels such as print on demand, downloadable e-books, and e-book aggregators might help ease the financial constraints of non-profit university-based book publishing?

This panel will attempt to answer these questions through three case studies from institutions that are breaking new ground in scholarly monograph publishing. Each will include data collected in the past year about the impact that Open Access has had on usage and sales. At Utah State University, the University Library and the USU Press (a division of the Library) have taken an active role in making backlist press books available in its open access repository, as well as in other book repositories such as HathiTrust and DOAB. The University of Michigan Press will report on the results of a number of experiments in partnership with its library’s MPublishing group to make parts of its list available as Open Access. OAPEN, a European foundation dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, will describe the effects of Open Access on usage, sales and impact from two OA book publishing pilot projects.

The goal of this panel is to help libraries, presses, and their partners with a framework and some initial data to weigh the pros and cons of various models that integrate open access, and determine which would best aligns with their institution’s needs and mission.


Richard Clement

Dean of Libraries, Utah State University
Richard W. Clement is Dean of Libraries at Utah State University. Before coming to USU in 2008, he was Head of the Department of Special Collections at the University of Kansas. He edited the ACRL journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage from 2003- 2008... Read More →

Eelco Ferwerda

Director, OAPEN
Eelco Ferwerda is director of the OAPEN Foundation. Before that he managed OAPEN as EU-funded project at Amsterdam University Press. He joined Amsterdam University Press in 2002 as Publisher of Digital Products. Before joining AUP, he worked in various new media subsidiaries at the... Read More →

Shana Kimball

MPublishing, University of Michigan Library
Shana Kimball is Head of Publishing Services, Outreach & Strategic Development. She is broadly responsible for representing and promoting the capacity of MPublishing to the University of Michigan campus, potential external partners, and beyond. She recommends, develops and pilots... Read More →

Charles Watkinson

Director, Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services, Purdue University
Charles Watkinson joined the staff of Purdue Libraries in September 2009. Previously he was Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies. In 2012 he was made head of a newly conceptualized libraries publishing division, with the discipline-focused "Purdue University... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2012 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST
Francis Marion Carolina Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403