Guide to Publishing Resources at the University of Michigan

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[edit] Michigan Publishing Publishing Resource Guide

This guide is the first step in developing a comprehensive resource to help members of the University of Michigan community understand the publishing options available at U of M. We have begun by bringing together links to and information about existing resources; new or extended features will be added as staff, finances, and University strategic initiatives dictate. This centralized point of information and services encompasses the following areas: consulting and in-depth assistance with project planning, referrals to campus services that can assist with project realization, and the promotion of these services.

We hope that by offering consultation about and assistance with planning publishing projects, we'll discover and develop new relationships and projects relevant to Michigan Publishing's mission. We also hope to increase the visibility and promotion of existing campus publishing resources through this new point of discovery and access. 

[edit] Service: Consulting and in-depth assistance with electronic or print publishing project planning

Michigan Publishing

Overview: Michigan Publishing is the primary academic publishing division of the University of Michigan. It creates, promotes, distributes, and preserves scholarly, educational, and regional materials. By bringing together the talents and resources of publishers, librarians, and technologists, Michigan Publishing builds upon the traditional publishing strengths of the University of Michigan while creating and shaping sustainable publishing models for the future. Michigan Publishing is committed to improving the copyright climate for scholarship. It develops services for areas of publishing growth otherwise underserved within the University community. Michigan Publishing staff can provide expertise on a range of topics relevant to scholars, including open access, new publishing models, launching and sustaining publications, promoting and marketing your work to a wider audience, and navigating the changing landscape of academic publishing.

University Library Copyright Office

Overview: offers one-on-one support for a range of publishing and copyright questions. The Library’s copyright specialist can help clients understand publishing agreements, and assist with negotiations to retain the rights in their scholarly works, including the right to make their work freely available online.

Many campus units that can assist in the nuts-and-bolts tasks required to take a publishing project from idea to reality already exist. These cover a wide array of services, from instruction and consultation to digital reformatting to hosting and printing.

[edit] Service: Project implementation components

Michigan Publishing

Overview: In bringing together the talents and resources of Deep Blue and other digital resources, Michigan Publishing is creating and shaping sustainable publishing models for the future. Michigan Publishing's Digital Publishing Production Unit focuses on the best application of technology to the world of scholarly publishing and provides a variety of digital publishing resources, detailed below, to provide up to date digital publishing options.

Deep Blue

Overview:  “The University of Michigan’s institutional repository, an online service that provides open access to published and previously unpublished work by University of Michigan faculty and students.”

Espresso Book Machine (EBM)

Overview: The EBM is a book-making machine that automatically prints, binds, and trims - on demand - library-quality paperback books with 4-color covers indistinguishable from their factory made versions. Uses for the machine include printing and binding theses and dissertations, faculty-authored books and other materials, and books produced by classes such as anthologies of creative writing.

The University of Michigan Press

Overview: “The mission of the University of Michigan Press is to publish books that incorporate the best of scholarly research in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines; to publish related educational texts for student audiences—with special emphasis in the area of English language teaching; to publish in as well as about the emerging digital world; to publish books for nonacademic audiences that advance public understanding of the many vexed political, social, and cultural issues faced by a global, multicultural society; to publish books that enrich the general culture in fiction and the arts; and to publish books that highlight the human history, natural history, and changing environment of Michigan and the Great Lakes.”

Digital Library Production Service (DLPS)

Overview: “formed in 1996 to provide infrastructure for campus digital library collections, including both access systems and digitization services.” DLPS provides advice and expertise throughout the University on digital library issues. Its three main functions are to digitize library collections, host online collections, and provide leadership in digital library development.

Digital Conversion Unit (a unit within DLPS)

Overview: “offers a variety of digitization services to the University Library, other University of Michigan units, and external non-profit customers, transforming original materials including books, photographs, journal volumes, rare documents and artifacts to digital format. Staff will work with the client to determine the best type of digital capture for a particular resource based on the nature of the original material and its potential use.” Services include text scanning, continuous tone imaging, OCR, and text encoding. In addition, they can provide liaison to their Information Retrieval group if clients wish to put materials online as part of the library's digital collections.

Digital Media Commons

Overview: “provides faculty and students access to a state-of-the-art multimedia facility; visualization and virtual reality technologies, and it is a development center for new collaboration technologies.” Includes the Collaborative Technologies Lab, Digital Media Tools Lab, UM3D Lab, and Usability Support and Evaluation Lab.

Faculty Exploratory

Overview: “A program as well as a facility, the Faculty Exploratory was designed specifically for faculty at the University of Michigan to enhance lecturing, research and publishing skills.” Services include one-on-one consulting, free workshops, and the use of multimedia workstations.

Knowledge Navigation Center (KNC)

Overview: Created to help users learn about technology, the Center is “a member of the Teaching and Technology Collaborative, a campus group committed to cooperating and sharing information in order to meet the technology needs of the campus.” Services include one-on-one consultations, instruction on digital tools and techniques, and scanning consultations and assistance.

Michigan Creative

Overview: Services include assistance with concept development and execution. Offers all facets of program production, field production, event coverage, editing/graphics/music, and duplication/distribution.

Photo Services

Overview:  “A unit of U-M’s News Service, Photo Services offers a comprehensive central photography service and a large digital photography archive.” Services include photography, printing and processing, and digital services and scanning.

UM+Google Sites

Overview: "Google Sites is an easy way for anyone to create secure web pages for projects, classes, events, organizations, and many other collaborative purposes."

[edit] Other University of Michigan Resources


Overview: An online environment with powerful features for using digital video, audio, images, and documents in higher education. Unlike traditional repositories, BlueStream generates and synchronizes time-coded metadata to media – empowering you to peer directly into the content itself.


CARMA is a lecture recording, distribution, and archiving service available to the U-M community that makes presentations available on the web.


Overview: CTools is an advanced web-based course and collaboration environment. It is a set of tools designed to help instructors, researchers and students create course websites and project websites.

ITS Faculty & Researcher Guide

Overview: ITS presents the resources that the University of Michigan's Information and Technology Services have available to aid in research and publication. They provide access to Data storage such as MFile, Reasearch networks such as Michigan LambdaRail (MiLR), a plethora of social media and web services and many more helpful links.

ITS Networking & Telecommunications: A/V Streaming Services

The ITS Comm Audio/Video Streaming facilities consist of Windows Media, Real Media, Quicktime and Flash Encoders. We also host a Helix Server, Windows Media Server, Adobe Flash Media Server and a QuickTime Server located at the ASB Data Center. We are currently capable of encoding/archiving and streaming up to seven live events and up to 2000 concurrent users at a time.

ITS Networking & Telecommunications services include:

  • Telephone services for 85,000 students, faculty, and staff at the U-M Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses
  • Data center management, data network, infrastructure applications, and video services for the Ann Arbor campus

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