When I took over the day-to-day operations of the publishing program last year, the direction for my work was provided in one little item in the Libraries’ strategic plan (PDF):
Expand University Libraries’ support for publishing journals edited by members of the OSU community and for managing and providing access to papers and presentations generated at conferences hosted by OSU.
There were two tactics listed under it, which were basically to recruit more publishing partners and to create a scalable service model. An appropriate level of vague-ness for a strategic plan, but not a whole lot to go on, especially since publishing was an entirely new area for me. I am now in the thick of the first tactic – making people aware of what we do – but I spent quite a bit of last year struggling with the second. I had to figure out a) what we’d been doing, b) why we’d been doing it that way, and c) how we could continue to do it sustainably even as we expand. After months of investigation, pilot projects, conversations with partners, and approvals from higher-ups, our new service model is in place. I’ve written about the new model in depth on my local blog, so here I will just give some context and background and link over to the relevant posts.