Representatives from university presses and library publishing programs in five states attended the Regional Scholarly Publishing Forum on Sept. 14 to discuss publishing and its challenges and to plan for future collaborations.
Eighteen colleagues from universities in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania met at Alden Library. The forum was cohosted by the Ohio University Press and Ohio University Libraries. Scott Seaman, dean of university libraries, worked with Gillian Berchowitz, director of Ohio University Press, to bring the event to the University.
Berchowitz said university press publishers rarely get the opportunity to meet with library publishers, so the forum allowed academic publishers to exchange ideas and learn from each other.
“Scholarly publishing is a diverse landscape of university presses and library departments,” she said. “There are few opportunities for us to get together to compare notes on our publishing programs, and discuss matters of common interest and possible collaboration.”
Topics discussed included open access and long form book publishing, journal publishing, and permissions and copyright.