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Michigan Publishing

Organization Location

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Jason Colman, Director, Michigan Publishing Services

Description of the Fellow’s Role

For a student interested in exploring a combination of scholarly communications, new technologies for publishing, and product development/product management, this position will participate in the positioning and further product development of the Fulcrum platform ( for disseminating and preserving digital scholarship. Experience gained in this position will be invaluable to students interested in a publishing career or a role in a digital humanities center. The Fellow will contribute to a combination of the following projects (this list may evolve slightly to reflect the skills and interests of the Fellow and emerging needs of the platform):

  • The primary role will be market research (including web research, interviews, focus groups) to understand the needs, constraints, and wishes of the authors and readers who will use this platform, and the libraries and publishers that are adopting it.
  • The Fellow will work with the Fulcrum development team to inform the refinement of features such as usage/impact reporting, user experience, user interface based on the market research.
  • The Fellow will participate in meetings between Michigan Publishing and business partner LYRASIS ( regarding outreach and promotion of the platform online, in print, and in person.
  • Working with Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS staff, the Fellow will assist in creating outreach and training materials for the new platform.
  • Working with Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS staff the Fellow will work with designers to create outreach/promotional materials for the new platform.

Time Commitment and Stipend (i.e., schedule, days per week)

  • 168 total hours to be scheduled between May – August (schedule to be discussed with supervisor before fellowship begins; remote work may be possible occasionally but in-office work is preferred)
  • $3,360

About Michigan Publishing

Michigan Publishing is the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, and is a part of its dynamic and innovative University Library. Across our three channels, the University of Michigan Press, Michigan Publishing Services, and Deep Blue, we publish scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide publishing services to the University of Michigan community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.