The Rochester Regional Library Council, along with their partners Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System, have announced the publication of a free ebook, The Library Publishing Toolkit. Their announcement reads as follows:
Interested in library publishing services?
Thinking about publishing a book or journal or helping authors to do so?
The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers, authors, and filmmakers in the public library setting to academic libraries hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their skills and resources to curate, create, and provide access to content.
Both public and academic libraries are invested in the creation and distribution of information and digital content. They have morphed from keepers of content into content creators and curators who seek best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services.
The Library Publishing Toolkit is a project funded partially by the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program funds, which are administered and supported by the Rochester Regional Library Council, a member of the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. The Toolkit is an important component in one of the top NY3Rs Information Infrastructure for New York (I2NY) priorities: "changing the role of libraries from transactional to transformational by ... inserting the library as early as possible in the creative process."
The toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources.
For more information and access to the book, please visit http://www.publishingtoolkit.