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The LibraryPress@UF is an imprint of the University of Florida Press and the UF George A. Smathers Libraries, which is in development in 2016 (more about the LibraryPress@UF and the launch process underway through 2017).
The University Press of Florida is the number one academic publisher in the State of Florida and is expanding its scholarly offerings and its global reach with the inception of the University of Florida Press. The UF Libraries are the largest information network in the State of Florida. The University of Florida Press and Libraries both have deep expertise in digital publishing (e.g., securing rights, executing new and innovative digital publishing activities). With similarly aligned missions and roles that complement the other’s activities, the University of Florida Press and UF George A. Smathers Libraries frequently collaborate to foster the creation, promotion, access, and preservation of research and creative works, in support of teaching, research, and the public sphere.
Current collaborations include disseminating Open Access books through a sustainable system and process, a new Mellon grant to enrich and enhance library and press collaboration, new courses and student training opportunities (e.g., with the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate and collaboration with the Department of History for the graduate track in academic publishing), and the LibraryPress@UF.
In 2016, the Libraries and the University of Florida Press began a new collaboration on the LibraryPress@UF, an imprint of the University of Florida Press. The LibraryPress@UF features content that aligns with the mission and strategic directions of the Libraries, including:
- Limited editions (e.g., artists’ books)
- Campus specific works (e.g., books on UF history)
- Books developed from the library collections (e.g., works that develop and build upon the Libraries’ digital and physical holdings)
- Also, related are Open Access textbooks with Orange Grove Texts Plus
With the LibraryPress@UF in the initial stages, standard contracts and processes are in development as of March 2016, with the expectation of these being in place by late 2017. Next steps for the promotion and development of the LibraryPress@UF include engagement with internal stakeholders within the Libraries through presentations at library-wide events. During the initial launch period, potential LibraryPress@UF publications will be reviewed in consultation with the Dean of University Libraries to ensure optimal goal alignment and determine the beta launch process, expected to begin in late 2017.
For ongoing development, in following normal practices, works intended for publication within the LibraryPress@UF will draw upon and utilize Library Liaison Teams. This follows from the standard process for Library Liaison teams for Data and Digital Scholarship Projects and Collections, with the Digital Scholarship Librarian as co-lead with the Library Liaison for all LibraryPress@UF projects as the liaison to the University of Florida Press, to ensure consistency for all new projects and alignment with strategic directions for digital scholarship and transformative collaboration.
Expected measurable outcomes for 2017 include supporting 2-4 publications, each:
- Focused on areas unique to the LibraryPress@UF (e.g., limited editions, artists’ books, campus specific, on UF history, developing and building upon the Libraries’ digital and physical holdings)
- Selected to support the goals of the title, the Libraries’ goals for LibraryPress@UF including enhancement and extension of the library collections, and the Press goals for LibraryPress@UF
- Selected to support the shared goal for increasing and enriching collaboration
- Developed with the author/creator, LibraryPress@UF Team (Digital Scholarship Librarian, Library Dean, and Director of the Press), and Liaison Librarian
- Planned in connection to existing opportunities for events, outreach, and promotion
New publications are supported with the Manuscript Information Sheet for proposals, standard contracts, and collaborative process. Books in process include: