University Press survival …. through open access

from Inside HigherEd, November 4, 2009


…the survival of the Utah State University Press has been in doubt, with fears that deep cuts being made to public higher education in Utah would end up killing off the publishing outlet.

…the press will survive — in part by embracing a new model of organization (becoming part of the university library) and a new business model (embracing open access, in which most publications would be available online and free).

While both of those changes are significant, key aspects of the press’s identity and mission will not change. It will continue to be a peer-reviewed scholarly publisher, and plans to continue its highly regarded work in fields such as composition studies, folklore, poetry, environmental studies, and the history and culture of the West.

This is going to be a way for us to extend our reach and build momentum,” said Michael Spooner, director of the press.

This is not the first university press to make such a move.  University of Michigan Press was restructured as an academic unit in the libraries in March 2009. Read more about MPublishing at: