Welcome to a new blog on library publishing. Publishing efforts in libraries are becoming more and more common, but there aren’t yet a lot of venues for those involved to come together and share their thoughts and experiences. The Lib Pub is meant to be one. The group blogging format seems like a good one for a community of people who, as a general rule, wear a lot of hats. Most library publishing programs are staffed by just one or two people, and those people are often involved in other related scholarly communications programs – repositories, copyright support, and more. Time to blog can be hard to come by. At The Lib Pub, those involved in library publishing are invited to write when they have something to say, or just drop by to read and comment in quiet moments.

I expect the content to evolve based on the interests of the contributors, but some of the things I plan to include are:

  • Explorations of local practice
  • Thought pieces on trends in the field
  • Responses to other publications
  • Reviews of tools, software, etc.
  • Reports from conferences and other events related to library publishing
  • Presentations on related topics
  • Announcements of new programs, platforms, etc.

First, though, I would like to kick things off with introductory posts from the first batch of contributors. To get the ball rolling, here is a little bit about the editor. I am the Digital Publishing Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries. Our publishing program has been active for a number of years, but I was not heavily involved in it until the beginning of 2012. A Metadata Librarian since 2007, I worked primarily with OSU’s institutional repository, the Knowledge Bank. Since taking over the publishing program last year – and getting a new title in May – I have focused largely on outreach and program development. I plan to use this blog as a place to share the things I have learned in the process.

If you are interested in contributing, please leave a comment or email me. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more!