Document Type



Oklahoma Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Conference Title

Annual Conference: Back to Basics: Diving Deep into Patron Service and Public Services

City and State

Midwest City, OK

Conference Date

Novemember 11, 2016

Publication Date



Archives in Action: What Kind of Animal is It

The opportunities to strengthen our relevance and center our value to our campus communities has never been stronger. The rise of digital publishing and scholarly communication as issues in academic librarianship and university life are both lively and multifaceted. There are many faculty and students on our campuses who are publishing in the digital environment, either through the mechanisms of traditional peer-reviewed journals, web publication, and even paper and ink. These university publications, until recently, have existed in most part as fragmented and disconnected coalitions, but with the rise of digital archive platforms publishing has come back to the library. The ability to create an umbrella for scholarly and creative work produced on our campuses is now an ascendant reality, and is bringing new patrons into the library. It is the process of discovery for these works, and the metrics that go along with these processes, that is creating a space for libraries to assume a central role in the scholarly conversation that is higher education.

In our presentation we will highlight the work being done at the Al Harris Library in relation to three very different types of journals being published on our campus at SWOSU. We have created new service models to expand the range and presence of the library for these university patrons. In a historical sense publishing manuscripts was once central to libraries, getting back to basics, we are doing so again.


The 2016 OK-ACRL Conference was held on the Rose State College campus, in Midwest City, Oklahoma.



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