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This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the "Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success" project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built. The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. It was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Libraries Studies, made to Purdue University Libraries in collaboration with the Libraries of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Related resources to this document are the preliminary report of November 2011 which contains appendices that describe the research activities in general and an HTML version hosted on Comment Press that allows community comments to be posted.

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SPARC, on behalf of the Libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Utah


Washington, DC


library publishing services, new roles for libraries, academic libraries, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, open access


Library and Information Science


This publication (Version 2.0, March 2012) is also available for comment at That online version also contains appendices that present in more detail the results of the survey, reports from the workshops, case studies of sustainability strategies for publishing at the three institutions, and a guide to further reading. While the short account presented here suggest broad recommendations for “strategies for success” mainly at a system-wide level, library publishing practitioners will find more specific recommendations in the workshop report. The appendices can also be downloaded as part of the preliminary version of this report (Version 1.0), published in November 2011.

“Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” is published by SPARC on behalf of the libraries of Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. The author permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. In return,licensees must give the original author credit. In addition, the author permits others to copy, distribute, display and perform only unaltered copies of the work—not derivative works based on it. To view a copy of this license, see

The “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” project was made possible by a Level II Collaborative Planning grant in the National Leadership Grant category from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (Award Log Number LG-65-10-0215-10). The Institute of Museum and Library Services ( is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Any views, findings,conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.Generous external support for this project was also received from: Berkeley Electronic Press, Microsoft Research, and SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report (March 2012)