Many university presses operate as largely stand-alone businesses, but some -- about 20 percent, according to the Educopia Institute -- are situated within or report directly to university libraries. Twenty-three such pairings in May met to discuss the benefits and challenges of that arrangement during the P2L Summit, a conference hosted at Temple University with support from the Association of American University Presses, the Association of Research Libraries and the Coalition for Networked Information.
On Tuesday, the organizations released a white paper with recommendations on how to tie libraries and university presses together. Many of the recommendations revolve around taking advantage of each organization's strengths -- for example, integrating staff and services, working together on promoting digital scholarship and open educational resources, and educating undergraduate and graduate students about publishing. The organizers plan to release details about a follow-up summit next year.