LibraryPress@UF Editorial Collective

About the LibraryPress@UF: The LibraryPress@UF engages in library publishing as a collaborative endeavor. The LibraryPress@UF publishes scholarly, educational, and creative works, with an emphasis on promoting public access to scholarship and ethical practices in scholarly publishing. As a joint imprint of the Libraries and University of Florida Press, the LibraryPress@UF complements the work of the UF Press to collectively contribute to the shared missions of the Libraries, Press, and UF.

Published By and From: In addition to works published by, we also publish works from the LibraryPress@UF, as with Practicing Kindness in Crisis and the 2020 forthcoming DEI Guide for the LibraryPress@UF. This is in keeping with practices for specialized presses where the scope of work includes promulgating best practices and experimental work that pushes boundaries in support of community and capacity development. A premier publication by and from the LibrayPress@UF is SOURCE Magazine. SOURCE publishes contributions based on enduring relevance, relation to libraries and transformative collaboration, relation to DEI, and the centering of student voices (e.g., opportunity for students to engage in publishing and stories about student work).

Editorial Collective

The LibraryPress@UF Editorial Collective is designed to serve as a vehicle for insight and guidance on new publications and ongoing program development. The Collective is charged with two main tasks:

  • Foster proposal development of new books built from the Libraries’ collections, utilizing the uniqueness of these collections coupled with opportunities supported through the UF Digital Collections for digital and public scholarship
  • Develop and refine LibraryPress@UF operations and processes

The Editorial Collective serves in an advisory capacity, reporting to the Dean. The group meets two to three times a year, and provides insight to support engagement with constituents and interested communities (e.g., the Library Leadership Board). Representatives serve for two year terms.

Editorial Collective Representatives, 2020-2022

Representatives from Campus:

  • Elizabeth Dale, Chair of the Department of History, author of five scholarly monographs, editor on top journal in legal history, and recent project Patterns and Practices is an enhanced monograph
  • Kenneth Kidd, former Chair of the Department of English, representative on the Baldwin Scholars Council and the Editorial Collective for the LibraryPress@UF volume on the Baldwin
  • MarĂ­a Rogal, Professor and former Director of the School of Art & Art History, College of the Arts, leader with Design4Development.org
  • Beverly Sensbach, Senior Associate Museum Director, Florida Museum of Natural History

Representatives from the Libraries:

  • John Nemmers, Associate Chair of Special & Area Studies Collections
  • Perry Collins, ex officio as member of the LibraryPress@UF team
  • Chelsea Johnston, ex officio as member of the LibraryPress@UF team
  • Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, ex officio as LibraryPress@UF Designer and Coordinator
  • Laurie Taylor, ex officio as Editor-in-Chief of the LibraryPress@UF

See the charge from 2018.