Whether it’s ensuring the long term preservation of electronic materials, offering expert publishing advice, or making hard-to-find work available again, MPublishing seeks to help authors benefit from scholarly communication in the digital age.
Below are the groups that make this possible:
The Copyright Office: Provides individual copyright support and consultation for campus, including review of publishing contracts and other publishing questions; develops educational programs and materials on matters of copyright and intellectual property; guides and informs library practices with copyright implications; represent the Library on national copyright issues of relevance to our work.
Deep Blue: The University of Michigan institutional repository service; leads in the repository’s acquisition of material created by members of our campus, through both publisher negotiation and outreach; supports open access advocacy and programming; helps articulate and implement best practices and standards for digital preservation; works in partnership with university archives to determine and implement born digital preservation solutions.
Publishing Production: performs copyediting, conversion to XML, and layout/typesetting for print for the University of Michigan Press imprint, and conversion of content into standard formats for ingest into DLXS and HathiTrust under various MPublishing imprints. Staff members also manage continuing relationships with established publishing partners for certain publishing services.
Library Print Services: Develops services and manages production of print formats including volumes produced on Espresso Book Machine, relationships with commercial partners (notably Create Space/Amazon, Lightning Source and HP Bookprep); manages faculty reprints; provides support for HathiTrust partner print on demand.
Publishing Services and Outreach: Promotes and develops publishing services and MPublishing as both a brand and a center of expertise; manages intake of new publishing projects; provides publishing consultation and referral services; identifies and nurtures divisional synergies as well as opportunities for working with other library and campus units. Researches and recommends new areas of work and services for MPublishing.
Publishing Technology Group: Provides programming and technology development expertise for the entirety of MPublishing; advises on technology decisions; supports workflow and tool development; develops and refines online content delivery systems; leading the design of HTPub.
Text Creation Partnership: A library-based initiative to create SGML/XML encoded editions of early printed books. The TCP manually keys and marks up the words found on hundreds of thousands of page images in commercial databases like Early English Books Online (EEBO), creating highly accurate, searchable, displayable text where none existed before. This work is funded in large part by library partners, who become the co-owners of the files created by the TCP. Ultimately, all TCP texts will be available to anyone in the world, without restrictions. The TCP’s efforts are currently focused on encoding one edition of every unique work in EEBO—a total of close to 70,000 works. MPublishing manages outreach and administration for the TCP, while the production work happens in the University of Michigan’s Digital Library Production Services unit.
University of Michigan Press: Publishes scholarly monographs in selected disciplines as well as titles of regional interest and materials to support ESL and ELT. Engaged in rapid transition from print focus and structures to digital plus print orientation. Provides free online access to most scholarly monographs via HathiTrust and digital access through a number of aggregations and distribution vehicles; advises Library Administration on matters such as ebooks, author relations, university press developments and book licensing.