Crowdsourcing publishing initiative for a library toolkit

Two US libraries are using crowdsourcing to develop an open access publication, the Library Publishing Toolkit.

The Toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources.

The Rochester Regional Library Council is funding the Toolkit project.

Both academic and public libraries are being asked to submit 2-5 page best practice case studies, describing

innovative ways [they] are creating and distributing materials as a part of their public services, or how they are helping patrons with these tasks.

The project also encourages libraries to fill in an online survey describing their publication services.

Conferences of course use crowdsourcing principles too for collecting contributions (papers), but their end product – the conference proceedings – are generally unwieldy documents, lacking coherency and the least quoted of all research outputs.

For WASH information projects with limited resources, crowdsourcing (with the right incentives) is an option worth considering.