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Call for authors for a forthcoming book titled Library Publishing Toolkit

Does your library publish books? Journals? Blogs?
Does your library offer support to writers and others to self-publish?
Does your library create multimedia or digital content?
We want you to tell your story.


Public and Academic libraries have long been the curators of information and are now adding content creation to their services. Each type of library has unique users and content creators, and the process for creating and distributing the content has numerous new electronic publishing and print on demand services. Libraries are seeking advice on how to choose, implement, and support these new endeavors.

The forthcoming open access publication Library Publishing Toolkit will share a broad range of publishing strategies and projects from both academic and public libraries for libraries of various types to to get started or improve efficiency with publishing services. It will provide snapshots of libraries’ publishing and digital content creation projects, identify successful strategies and workflows, and provide general guides to available resources and platforms.

Editorial Board:

Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo Library Publishing Services Researcher
Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo Library Director
Kate Pitcher, SUNY Geneseo Head of Technical Services and Collection Development
Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System Director

Publisher: IDS Project Press in collaboration with Rochester Regional Library Council, the Rochester Public Library, and Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo

Expected Publication Date: June 30 2013


We seek papers that detail a library publishing service or library publishing project’s progression from early planning and strategy stages to implementation, techniques, and project completion.

Desired topics include but are not limited to:
Examples or case studies of specific publishing and digital content creation projects
Publishing service models
Strategies and workflows for publishing, self-publishing, electronic publishing and digital content creation
Experiences with publishing tools and platforms
Design of space dedicated to end-user publishing activities

Submit a 300-500 word abstract or proposal to [email protected]. Proposals should include:
Email Address
300-500 word abstract introducing your library and the publishing project you wish to write about.

Deadline for proposals is February 15th, and writers can expect to receive notification by February 22nd.

Selected papers of 2-5 pages due by April 22nd.


Proposals due: February 15th, 2013
Author notification: February 22nd, 2013
Papers due: April 22nd, 2013
Final Edits due: June 1st, 2013
Publication: June 30, 2013

Further information about ourselves and our project can be found at our website,

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