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The University of Minnesota Libraries plays a unique role in supporting intellectual freedom and quality scholarly work by leveraging our broad knowledge of scholarship across disciplines, our focus and capacity regarding digital preservation, and our expertise in discovery systems. As a “common good” to our affiliates, we are working to fulfill the University’s Research & Discovery mission to: “Generate and preserve knowledge, understanding, and creativity by conducting high-quality research, scholarship, and artistic activity that benefit students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world.” As such, our basic services are offered to our affiliates without charge. Our Publishing Services also align with the University’s land-grant mission of “promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world.” The core principles of the Libraries’ Publishing Services are:
- We believe the Libraries serves as a critical, central resource for publishing expertise on campus and our essential services should be offered without charge.
- We support scholars by contributing quality, scholarly works to the public commons through open access publishing.
- We practice transparent production processes in order to promote critical understanding of the publishing landscape’s range of production and economic models.
- We support intellectual freedom by keeping the means of production in the hands of scholars.
- We seek to create partnerships on campus and beyond, to help shape the future of scholarly publishing.
- We support innovative publications and scholarly experimentation grounded in widely-used standards and time-proven practices.
- We believe that the scholarly ecosystem works best when creators retain their copyright.
- We leverage replicable and scalable tools and services to support the economic sustainability of common publishing activities on campus.
- We work to decrease the cost of higher education for students through the production and integration of open content into course curriculum.
- We provide leadership to the broader library publishing professional community on developing new models of scholarly publishing.