The partnership takes advantage of the natural synergies in the operations of both entities.
Provost and Senior Vice President Lawrence Schovanec says the University Press, Texas Tech's publisher since 1971 and the eminent book publishing entity of West Texas, makes an important contribution to Texas Tech's national research university goals.
“The move of the University Press to the University Libraries takes advantage of natural synergies in the operations and roles of the Press and the Libraries,” Schovanec said. “Also, merging the award-winning University Press with our University Libraries, which enjoy the prestige of membership in the Association of Research Libraries, present opportunities to enhance Texas Tech's status as a national research institution.”
Dean of Libraries Bella Karr Gerlich says the University Press is an excellent publisher and very important to serving the university's broadest constituency throughout the state, the nation and the world.
“The Press advances the knowledge and preservation of research and scholarship by publishing books and journals in both print and electronic format,” Gerlich said. “Their dissemination of scholarly contribution makes their service an indispensable component of the modern research university.”
Courtney Burkholder, managing director for the University Press, is excited to become part of the Libraries system and in the potential growth opportunities for the Press that the move brings.
“Many of our fellow members in the Association of American University Presses have discovered this natural affinity and merged with their institution's library,” Burkholder said. “Both the Press and the Libraries will benefit from this partnership, as will the campus community, the region and the world.”
The University Press, a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1987, publishes 25 to 30 new titles each year. It has approximately 400 titles in print ranging from nonfiction titles in natural history and the natural sciences to works in costume and textile history and all aspects of the Great Plains and the American west, as well as fiction including young adult and children's titles, a mystery series and an annual poetry selection. The Press and the Libraries will join efforts to bring back the popular Literary Lubbock fundraising event, which gives opportunities to meet and visit with published authors.