New from ACRL: 'Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers'

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/05/2015


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist


CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the release of "Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers."

Research libraries engaged in publishing activities in the past, but in recent years there has been an intense growth in the number of library publishing services supporting faculty and students. Unified by a commitment to both access and service, library publishing programs have grown from an early focus on backlist digitization to encompass publication of student works, textbooks, research data, as well as books and journals. This growing engagement with publishing is a natural extension of the academic library’s commitment to support the creation of and access to scholarship.  In spite of intense interest in this emerging discipline, few publications have highlighted the diversity of library publishing programs, services, and philosophies.

"Getting the Word Out" examines the growing trend in library publishing through 11 chapters authored by some of the most talented thinkers in the field.  Chapters touch on such topics as the economics of publishing and the challenges of collaboration, and surveying the service landscape for publishing in support of a variety of formats and methods. Edited by library publishing experts Maria Bonn, of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and Mike Furlough, HathiTrust Digital Library, "Getting the Word Out" deepens current discussions in the field, and provides both decision makers and current practitioners with an introduction to the current state of the field and an investigation of its future prospects.

This book is appropriate for all types of academic libraries and for graduate programs in library and information studies.

"Getting the Word Out" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.