This interview in Scholastica with Jason Colman of Michigan Publishing Services offers expert insights into the evolving role of university libraries in the world of scholarship as a growing number of libraries become research producers as well as the preservers and providers of academic research.
“In recent years, many have initiated open access (OA) scholarly journal publishing programs that offer a variety of services aimed at either launching and running new journals or supporting existing titles. One leading example of a successful library publishing program is Michigan Publishing out of University of Michigan Library. Jason Colman, Director of Michigan Publishing Services, helped build the program, which he has been running for the past five years. Colman said Michigan Publishing’s mission is to support UMichigan journals, foster new scholarly publications, and encourage experimentation in academic publishing. In the interview below he shares his experience with the program and how it works…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.