Minitex, University of Minnesota & MN Office of Higher Education


Valerie Horton, Director
Phone: 612-624-2839

Program Overview

The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers. We believe that libraries have a vibrant role to play in helping local communities come together to create and share books.

Publishing Activities Began: 2016
Location: United States
Organization: consortia bringing public and academics together to support library publishing
Stage (1–5): 2 - Early
Program Advisory/Editorial Board: No

Staffing (in Full Time Equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 1
  • Paraprofessional staff:
  • Graduate students:
  • Undergraduates:
Funding Sources for Publishing Activities:
  • Library Materials Budget: %
  • Library Operating Budget: %
  • Non-library Campus Budget: 80%
  • Endowment Income: %
  • Charitable Contributions: %
  • Grants: %
  • Sales Revenue: %
  • Licensing Revenue: %
  • Charge Backs: %
  • Other: 20%

Publishing Activities

All Library Publishing Activities:
  • Monographs: 350


Best publications to refer to our program: We run a community of interest with participation from 30 academic libraries in the state. We also work closely with the public library community through the Council of Regional Public Library Systems.

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • text
  • video
Softwares & Platforms:
  • Pressbooks

Additional Services:
  • outreach
  • training
Service Vendors: Bibliolabs Inc. provides a platform for monographs created as part of MN Library Publishing Project to be distributed statewide.

Additional Information

Plans for Expansion & Future Directions:
We're looking into providing ISBN numbers, but still concentrating on training/sharing what has been successful at participating libraries.
Other Information:
We provide a system to publish a book and a platform to read the book statewide, and we're adding between 5 to 10 new authors each week. Individual academic and public libraries work with authors.
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