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Thursday, November 6 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
University Presses and Libraries: An 80/20 Rule?

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In recent years, there has been a growing tendency for university presses to report to libraries. Currently, about 20% of presses report to the library at their institutions. When did this trend begin, and why? Does this shift signal an increased awareness of the need for presses and libraries to partner to accomplish common goals? What do libraries and presses have to offer one another—and what, jointly, can they more effectively provide to their communities and constituents? As background, data that probe these and related questions will be shared. This session will then suggest a range of possible objectives for establishing a press-library reporting relationship. It will explore the benefits of close collaboration between these two campus units. It also will examine what such reporting relationships might mean within the broader scholarly communication ecosystem. As a case study, the presenters—a university press director and an associate university librarian—will share their own experience working within a press-library reporting structure; they also will offer an approach for developing criteria to assess the success of such a framework. Finally, they will invite session participants to contribute their own perspectives on the value of library-press relationships and will facilitate a practical and theoretical discussion on this subject.


Jane Bunker

Director, Northwestern University Press
Jane Bunker is the Director of Northwestern University Press. Prior to that, she was associate director and editor in chief at SUNY Press, where she also acquired books in philosophy, psychology, and women’s studies. She earned her B.A. at St. Norbert College, and M.A. at Fordham... Read More →

Marianne Ryan

Associate University Librarian, User Strategies, Northwestern University Libraries

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403