A partnership between Georgetown University Press and the Georgetown University Library will offer free access to a small number of the press's books, and that program likely will expand. Georgetown University Press director Richard Brown told the LJ Academic Newswire that the press and library have teamed up for Digital Georgetown, which will offer several volumes of the Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) series free on the web to Georgetown faculty, staff, and students. Brown said the program was the "tip of the iceberg" for the press/library collaboration, although he was not sure how quickly the program would develop new offerings.
"We're looking at a number of questions," Brown said. "It's evident that presses need to be putting things online for electronic access. But can you make any money doing it?" By charter, Georgetown University Press must be self-sustaining, sot the question of which offerings will go online for free is a critical one. "For our specialized titles that have sold what they can sell in print, we'll do a lot more of those," he surmised. As for the press's top sellers, it will take some time. University librarian Artemis Kirk said she hoped the press/library partnership will "begin to establish the model by which digital publications can be produced, disseminated, and preserved for posterity." It's a prime example of synergy among academic enterprises on campus. The Press offers editorial content and its backlist, and the library offers digitization, web site development, and research tools. In addition, Brown, added, the library adds "instant credibility" to the program, citing the library's reliability and its "closeness to university community."
From LJ Academic Newswire