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Resources for Florida Libraries as... Publishers

The Lib Pub

  • Group blog on library publishing
  • Community for academic publishing
  • Other types of libraries looking for publishing information and inspiration may also find it helpful.

The Library Publishing Toolkit

  • Joint effort between an academic library and a public library to assist libraries in publishing.

"The Public Library as Publisher," Library Journal (March 26, 2014)

  • Jennifer Koerber details several public libraries’ publishing programs, with tips for libraries interested in publishing.

What to Do When a Patron Asks You About Writing a Book

  • Florida Library Webinars presents the pros and cons of traditional, self-, and e-publishing (including print on demand).
  • Author/publisher Karl Beckstrand shares tips on how patrons can get stories into readers’ hands and how to promote them to a global audience using traditional and social media. 

Smashwords

  • An e-book publishing company which has developed publishing initiatives with public libraries. 

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Brandi Scardilli’s article discusses how public libraries can work with Smashwords, compete for readers, workshop potential self-published titles and help emerging authors get noticed.

Christyna Hunter explores the emerging trend of public libraries teaming with publishers, detailing the partnership between Los Gatos Public Library (LGPL) in California and Smashwords.

Christyna Hunter revisits the collaboration between LGPL and Smashwords, which has expanded to include a project with Los Gatos High School. The project teaches teens all aspects of self-publishing through both instruction and hands-on experience, with all tools provided. 

Smashwords founder, Mark Coker, discusses why and how public libraries should get involved in publishing. Coker draws examples from his presentation to the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and from Smashwords’ collaboration with LGPL.  

Slideshow from Mark Coker’s presentation to the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.