Libraries and university presses coexist in a complex and increasingly consolidated scholarly communication ecosystem. Each brings different strengths, values, and viewpoints that can inform and enrich a joint project. In this paper we discuss potential barriers to and benefits of collaboration between academic libraries and university presses and introduce a case study of such a collaboration: the Open Textbook Toolkit. This project, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is currently investigating the components needed to support faculty in one discipline, psychology, who are considering adopting open educational resources. By leveraging both library and press expertise, the Toolkit represents one model for fruitful collaboration.
The Open Textbook Toolkit: Seeding Successful Partnerships for Collaboration between Academic Libraries and University Presses
mira waller is the Interim Department Head of Research Engagement in the North Carolina State University Libraries. She leads an engagement-centred team that supports research productivity and flexible modes of learning through access to expert assistance, research-enhancing technologies and spaces, and innovative services across the life cycle of research, scholarship, and pedagogy. Waller was previously Director of Publishing Services for Project Euclid.
william m. cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center in the North Carolina State University Libraries. He speaks and writes nationally on copyright, scholarly communication, and open culture.
lillian rigling is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at Western Libraries. She provides research, collections, and instruction support across the social sciences. She also leads campus-wide efforts on open education support. Previously, Lillian was a librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries, where she was appointed in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department.