Nov. 08, 2012

Milne Library to Share Grant to Develop Publishing Toolkit


Milne Library Director Cyril Oberlander welcomes a grant from RRLC for the Library Publishing Toolkit as libraries continue to morph from keepers of content into content creators and curators.

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library will share a $10,000 research and development grant with the Monroe County Library System for the development of the Library Publishing Toolkit.

The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) awarded the grant for production of the toolkit, an essential guide to help libraries identify publishing opportunities and distribute online content produced by academic and public communities. The resource accommodates collaboration with authors, faculty members, genealogists, local history researchers, students and others to produce books, digital media, journals, open educational resources and more.

"We are grateful for the support of the RRLC board and membership," said Cyril Oberlander, Milne Library director. "This award funds an important project that benefits many libraries and creators, allowing us to share critical strategies, tools and best practices in an area of tremendous growth for libraries."

Oberlander said libraries are morphing from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and are seeking efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services. Given the variety of emerging publishing platforms and print-on-demand services, librarians are being asked for guidance regarding best practices for content creation and publishing.

"Milne Library sees publishing and related digital scholarship initiatives as vital to transforming both scholarly communications and enriching the learning environment," said Oberlander. "In addition to producing reprints of local history books, Milne is hosting open access journals and open textbooks and is developing a new way to engage in reading Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" with Professor Walter Harding's annotations."

Oberlander anticipates that working with the Rochester Public Library (RPL) will be a "wonderful collaboration."

"Library director Patty Uttaro is supportive of high quality research and digitization and this project helps us understand publishing activities from both an academic and public library perspective," said Oberlander. "It will provide libraries a broad set of useful strategies and tools."

Rochester area libraries have a long history of sharing and cooperation, said Kathy Miller, executive director of RRLC.

"This collaboration between two outstanding libraries -- Milne at Geneseo and RPL as the area's largest public library -- is a perfect example of that cooperation and sets the stage for future academic/public library community enrichment projects," said Miller. "I commend both Cyril and Patty for their vision and community spirit."

Partial funding for this grant comes from the New York State Education Department's Division of Library Development.

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