Charles Watkinson has published "Why Marriage Matters: A North American Perspective on Press/Library Partnerships" in Learned Publishing.
Here's an excerpt:
- Around 30% of campus-based members of the Association of American University Presses now report to libraries, more than double the number 5 years ago.
- Beyond reporting relationships, physical collocation and joint strategic planning characterize the most integrated press/library partnerships.
- The main mutual advantages of deep press/library collaboration are economic efficiency, greater relevance to parent institutions, and an increased capacity to engage with the changing needs of authors in the digital age.
- There is emerging interest in collaboration at scale among libraries and presses that may extend the impact of press/library collaboration beyond single institutions.