Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries

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 Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries
Purdue University Press

Book Description

The current publishing environment has experienced a drastic change in the way content is created, delivered, and acquired, particularly for libraries. With the increasing importance of digital publishing, more than half the titles published in the United States are self-published. With this growth in self-published materials, librarians, publishers, and vendors have been forced to rethink channels of production, distribution, and access as it applies to the new content. Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries will address multiple aspects of how public and academic libraries can deal with the increase in self-published titles.


While both academic and public libraries have started to grapple with the burgeoning issues associated with self-published books, many difficulties remain. To develop effective policies and procedures, stakeholders must now tackle questions associated with the transformation of the publishing landscape. Obstacles to self-publishing include the lack of reviews, the absence of cataloging and bibliographic control, proprietary formats for e-books, and the difficulty for vendors in providing these works.


General chapters will include information on reviewing sources, cataloging and bibliographic control, and vendor issues. Information addressing public libraries issues will highlight initiatives to make self-published materials available at the Los Gatos Public Library in California and the Kent District Library in Michigan. Chapters on academic library issues will address why self-published materials are important for academic institutions, especially those with comprehensive collecting interests. Several self-published authors focus on how they attempt to make their works more suitable for public libraries. Finally, the book concludes with a bibliographic essay on self-publishing


As the term “traditional publishing” begins to fade and new content producers join the conversation, librarians, publishers, and vendors will play an important role in facilitating and managing the shift.


About the Editor(s):

Robert P. Holley is a professor at the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science. He is a recognized expert in collection development. After having been a library administrator—including head of collection development—at two large research libraries, he has taught collection development since 1993 to thousands of students. His teaching has given him a broader understanding of collection development in all types of libraries. He has over 150 publications, including five edited books and multiple conference presentations. His current focus is on intellectual freedom and on emerging trends in self-publishing, the out-of-print book market, and scholarly communication. He writes a column for Against the Grain where he often takes contrarian views on current issues. Holley is a frequent speaker at the Charleston Conference and also has been active in the American Library Association.