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  Advancing Scholarly Communication Contact:
Julia Blixrud
New Models

Library Publishing

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University publishing opportunities have burgeoned with the development of the World Wide Web. A wide range of campus units including libraries have begun publishing digital works—new genres and traditional forms.

Libraries Bring a Service Approach to Publishing

Seeking transformative approaches to scholarly publishing, research libraries are rapidly developing programs offering a set of core publishing services to editors and partners. These developing library services leverage new capabilities and new economies. Libraries are supporting these services by reallocating resources, partnering, seeking synergies with related services, and developing modest revenue streams. Libraries’ aspirations to replicate traditional publishing services are modest to non-existent. Rather than slavishly duplicating or simply automating traditional models, libraries are focusing on the capabilities and possibilities of new models .