Maria Bonn & Catherine Mitchell: Library as Publisher

by Lorne Madgett on March 1, 2010

in 2010 Lecture,Archived Presentations,Vancouver Lectures,Victoria Lectures

The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Maria Bonn Catherine Mitchell
Associate University Librarian for Publishing Director, Publishing Group,
University Library California Digital Library
University of Michigan University of California

Library as Publisher – Establishing a University Publishing Program

*UPDATE*  Video of UBC presentation available here


Thursday, March 18, 2010
10:00a.m. – Noon
Room 210:  Mearns Centre for Learning
University of Victoria


Friday, March 19, 2010
9:30 – 11:30am
Dodson Room:  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
University of British Columbia

In 2009, the University of Michigan Library announced the formation of MPublishing, the primary academic publishing unit of the University of Michigan, with responsibility for the creation and promotion of scholarly, educational, and regional materials in digital and print formats. MPublishing is a newly formed publishing unit within the University of Michigan Library that includes University of Michigan Press, the Scholarly Publishing Office, Deep Blue (the University’s institutional repository), and the Copyright Office. Its goal is to align the existing and future publishing activities of the Library with the core strengths and information needs of the University while providing a wide range of audiences outside the University with efficient, economical access to some of the best scholarship in the world. Maria Bonn will discuss the genesis, operations, and ongoing challenges of running MPublishing:

Last year, the University of California Press and the California Digital Library (CDL) announced University of California Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program intended to respond to publishing needs within UC. UCPubS brings the complementary services of the press and the library together to offer a rich suite of open-access digital and print publishing tools to the UC system centers, institutes, and departments that produce scholarly books. Catherine Mitchell will review the progress of this program, including the motivations behind this library-press collaboration, the specific services UCPubS provides as an extension of the eScholarship publishing platform, outreach efforts across the campuses, the challenges encountered so far, and how other presses and libraries can build on this experience.

About the Speakers:

Maria Bonn is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan University Library, where she is responsible for developing and coordinating the publishing program and services of the University Library, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office. Maria has a PhD in English Literature from the State University of NY at Buffalo, and a Masters of Information from The University of Michigan School of Information.

Catherine Mitchell is Director, Publishing Group, California Digital Library (CDL) where she is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning and development of CDL’s Publishing Services. In addition to developing and supporting the eScholarship publishing and IR platform, CDL’s Publishing Group offers joint publishing services to the UC community in conjunction with the University of California Press. All of these services represent UC’s broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of research and teaching. Catherine has a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley

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