Collins Library Links – The Library as Publisher


The Library as Publisher

Lever Press:  Did you know that the Collins Library is one of the founding members of the Lever Press?  The Press arises out of an initiative of the Oberlin Group to study how the libraries of liberal arts colleges could offer a new and compelling alternative to authors of scholarly works for a way of publishing their work. While Puget Sound is not a member of the Oberlin Group, we recognized the importance of this new initiative and joined the founding members. The core values of the Press align well with Puget Sound:  to support interdisciplinary learning and teaching and student/faculty partnerships.  Lever is a fully open access press: all works will be freely available to readers on the web immediately upon publication.  Unconstrained by legacy publishing processes and leveraging the opportunities for reuse facilitated by an open-access business model, Lever Press will welcome projects of digital scholarship not well served by scholarly conventions limited to print-only outcomes.

It is with pleasure that I can announce that Puget Sound’s own Professor Brett Rogers has joined the editorial board of the Press.  This is a great opportunity for our university and I know that his expertise and scholarship will help promote the Press.

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Yearbooks Online:  The Collins Library is pleased to announce that the University yearbooks are now available online and open freely to the public through the Historical Publications section of Sound Ideas, our institutional repository.  Klahowya was the first yearbook published for the University of Puget Sound in 1913 and only had one volume. The yearbook resumed publication in 1920 under the title Tamanawas, and published annually until 2016. It has kept this title through various changes in the name of our institution: College of Puget Sound, 1914-1960; University of Puget Sound, 1960-present.  The yearbooks provide a glimpse into the academic and social life of Puget Sound. The Yearbooks complement existing collections such as A Sound Past, our historical photo collection as well as Puget Sound’s student newspaper, The Trail.  These resources not only provide alumni with the opportunity to celebrate and reminisce about their years at Puget Sound, but also provide our community with an important portal to our institutional history.  According to Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, Adriana Flores, “Providing access to the yearbooks online will enable our community to view our history in a whole new way. These primary historical documents teach us about the students who attended Puget Sound and what was important to them.”

The yearbooks provide a unique student perspective and will also serve as an important resource for research projects as we continue to explore the history of our university and look at changing cultural trends, attitudes and programs.

Online Journals Published by Puget Sound:
The Library’s Institutional Repository supports the publication of journals.  The most recent example of the The Race and Pedagogy Journal edited by Fred Hamel and LaToya Brackett of Puget Sound with assistance from Michelle Montgomery, University of Washington and Dominick Quinney, Albrion College is a great example of collaboration. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact your liaison librarian.

Sound Ideas:
Our institutional repository is growing and our publications reaching an international audience.  Below is a report for September’s activities:


Sound Ideas had 11137 full-text downloads and 84 new submissions were posted, bringing the total works in the repository to 7403. University of Puget Sound scholarship was read by 1055 institutions across 135 countries

The most popular papers were:
The Impact of Sensory-Based Movement Activities on Students in General Education (559 downloads)
Is Euthanasia Morally Permissible? Why or Why Not? (357 downloads)
Beyond Hippies and Rabbit Food: The Social Effects of Vegetarianism and Veganism (231 downloads)

The most popular publications were:
School of Occupational Therapy Master’s Theses (2121 downloads)
The Trail (1752 downloads)
Summer Research (1121 downloads)

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Questions? Contact your liaison librarian
Comments: Contact Jane Carlin, library director
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