Scholarship in Action: Publishing at Syracuse University Libraries and Syracuse University Press

Suzanne Guiod (Editor in Chief, Syracuse University Press) 
Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin (Director of Communications & External Relations, Syracuse University Libraries)

Syracuse University Libraries (SUL) have been involved in publishing and disseminating the work of Syracuse University faculty and students since 2010. SURFACE, the Syracuse University Research Facility and Collaborative Environment, is a full-text, multimedia online database that provides access to an extensive selection of scholarly, professional, scientific, and creative output produced at Syracuse University, specifically through electronic journals, digitized books, dissertations, and departmental newsletters. SURFACE gathers, organizes, disseminates, and preserves the cultural and scholarly record of SU. At the same time, it increases the visibility of authors' work; maximizes research impact; facilitates interdisciplinary research; and provides local, regional, and global communities with immediate and permanent access. Making accessible the knowledge, creativity, research, and innovation of Syracuse University is the very essence of “scholarship in action” and helps facilitate the crucial mission of the university as a public good. 

Through SURFACE, SUL currently hosts five periodical publications using DigitalCommons: Intertext, a publication of the SU undergraduate writing program; Syracuse University Magazine, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, Exchange: the Journal of Public Diplomacy, and Beneath the SURFACE: Disability and Popular Culture. With the adoption of Open Journal Systems (OJS), SUL began hosting Public: A Journal of Imagining America, a cutting-edge, faculty-edited multimedia journal, initiated by the national organization Imagining America, and supported jointly by SUL and Syracuse University Press staff members.

Syracuse University Press Online is a digital collection arising from collaborative efforts between the SUL and the SU Press, allowing faculty to make more ready use of SU Press titles, especially within their curricula. The project also seeks to raise general campus awareness of the work of the SU Press and its electronic book initiatives. The SU Press has a seventy year tradition of serving scholars and general readers by promoting the understanding of history, literature, science, societal problems, conservation, art, and culture. Through the publication of significant and groundbreaking books across a variety of disciplines the SU Press reflects the values of Syracuse University and supports its creative vision of discovery and learning. 

As we look ahead, SUL intends to continue, sustain, and expand services in response to increased faculty and student demand for digital publishing solutions by strategically partnering with other entities on campus, including SU Press. We will leverage available staff skills and resources to support OA faculty-led journal publishing by analyzing editors’ and authors’ needs and making recommendations concerning delivery platform, editorial considerations, business models, and sustainability. While we currently provide OJS and DigitalCommons set-up, basic design, and technical support to faculty editors, in future, we hope to present an expanded menu of tiered services ranging from basic to premium offerings. As we formalize library-led publishing services to meet emerging campus needs, we will enhance Syracuse University Libraries’ academic value to its home institution, while working to make it a national leader in delivering professional library-led publishing services.