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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 6E: Reclaiming STEM Spaces…

Stakeholder Voices
Concurrent 6E: Reclaiming STEM Spaces: Why Haven’t Libraries and University Presses Worked Together to Form Viable Alternatives to Commercial Publishing?

Despite shared values, the UNC Press and NCSU Libraries have struggled to take advantage of each other’s expertise. One reason is a perceived mismatch between the humanities focus of the Press and the STEM emphasis of the Libraries. This disconnect, which many institutions face, creates missed opportunities to pool resources and leverage the skills of both entities. In order to enable a partnership between our institutions, we are exploring collaborative projects that leverage the combined strengths of a Press and the Libraries around STEM areas. Examples of these efforts include publishing technical reports and exhibit materials, working with NCSU’s agricultural cooperative extension, and developing a grant-funded pilot for a subject-specific OER platform. Join us for a town hall discussion, where we will examine the challenges facing libraries and UPs seeking collaborative STEM publishing initiatives.

Moderator: Mira Waller, NCSU Libraries


John McLeod, University of North Carolina Press
John McLeod is Director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing Services (OSPS) at the University of North Carolina Press. The OSPS serves all seventeen schools in the UNC system by providing access to a range of sustainable, mission-driven publishing models and solutions. McLeod was previously Assistant Director & Rights Manager at the University of Texas Press where he focused on intellectual property and oversaw the digital publishing program. He started his career in marketing, working on all aspects of book sales and promotion in previous positions at the University of Georgia Press, and at two trade publishers, Counterpoint Press and Algonquin Books.
Twitter Handle: UNCPressOSPS
Lillian Rigling, North Carolina State University Libraries
Lillian Rigling is a Librarian/Fellow at the North Carolina State University Libraries, cross-appointed in the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center and the User Experience Department. She coordinates outreach, instruction, and engagement around copyright and open culture at NC State. She also works on developing a robust and user-centered web presence for teaching & learning at NCSU Libraries. She writes and speaks about open culture & licensing both locally and nationally.
Twitter Handle: lilyrglg
Mira Waller, North Carolina State University Libraries
Mira Waller is the Associate Head of Collections & Research Strategy at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She shares responsibility for overseeing the collections budget and articulating the Libraries’ collection development vision; provides guidance, direction, and support for current initiatives aimed at re-envisioning the role of subject specialist librarians; and advances the Libraries efforts in research engagement and student success. Previously, Mira was the Director of Publishing Services for Project Euclid, an online community and platform for mathematics and statistics scholarship, managed jointly by Duke University Press and Cornell University Library.
John Sherer, University of North Carolina Press
John Sherer was named the seventh director of the University of North Carolina Press in June of 2012. Since his arrival the Press has published two New York Times bestsellers and has been the recipient of several major foundation grants including a $998,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support new scaled models for high quality monograph publications through the Presss Longleaf subsidiary. Previously, he was the publisher of Basic Books in New York and also held the positions of Publisher of Nation Books, member of the AAP Trade Executive Committee, and adjunct professor at New York Universitys School for Continuing and Professional Studies. He has held marketing positions at Henry Holt, the Brookings Institution and was a manager and buyer at Olssons Books and Records in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Twitter Handle: jesherer