Cyril W. Oberlander, Library Director
Funding Source: Rochester Regional Library Council
Period of Funding: November 2, 2012 - November 1, 2013
Award Total: $10,000
Creating and distribution of digital content presents a new field of opportunity for libraries of all types. Libraries are morphing from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and are seeking best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services. Each type of library has unique users and content creators, but the process for creating and distributing the content has numerous new electronic publishing and print on demand services. This project wil identify and examine the opportunities for content creation and distribution in public and academic libraries, help facilitate and develop the dialogue and presentations among the Libraries as Publishers Discussion Group at RRLC, and share the analysis and findings with libraries regionally and nationally. The Library Publishing Toolkit project will fund a position that will identify best practices in digital publishing, explore and test how they are applies to libraries, and recommend a process for developing, publishing, and distributing digital content. This position will serve as both a workflow consultant and as an editor of an open text Library Publishing Toolkit. The Library Publishing Toolkit will serve as an essential guide and set of strategies for libraries of various types to get started or improve efficiency with publishing services.