Originally presented January 27, 2021

To meet patrons’ needs for quality local content, more and more libraries have stepped into the role of small press to produce books written by staff and community writers. By publishing local content, libraries capture vital local information, promote diverse writers, reach underserved populations, and Illuminate special collections. Any size or type of library can start a small press, and libraries can publish an array of books including:

  • Novels and memoirs
  • Poetry and art books
  • Local history chronicles
  • Local tour guides
  • Children's books
  • Comic books
  • Cookbooks
  • Professional handbooks
  • Reference books

In this webinar, Stephanie Katz shares the basic steps to publish and promote a print and digital book, as well as ideas for programming and community partnerships stemming from your book. Examples from libraries across North American are included, as well as tips for publishing on a budget.

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Library as Small Press

Stephanie Katz.

Stephanie Katz is a librarian, editor, and writer. She’s the Assistant Supervisor of Technical Services with Manatee County Public Library System and the Editor in Chief of 805 Lit + Art (805lit.org), an international literary magazine published by the library. Her professional and creative writing can be found in various publications including the Journal of Library Administrators, Strategic Library, Authors Publish Magazine, Bradenton Herald, The Review Review, and Akashic Books. She is the author of Libraries Publish: How to Start a Magazine, Small Press, Blog, and More (Forthcoming with Libraries Unlimited, ABC-CLIO). She runs Literary Libraries (literarylibraries.org), a new, free association and resource for creative library publishers.

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