We were reviewing some of the books on our network, and noticed that a number of them are set to Public status—and we believe their authors are using them in their classes—but that not all of them are necessarily in our network catalog. Based on my understanding from this page in the Network Manager’s Guide, network managers can control what books appear in the catalog; what we were curious about, though, is whether the authors themselves could control whether their book appears in the catalog? Based on what I can tell from this page of the Pressbooks User Guide, users can only add books to their own personal catalog, which doesn’t seem to be associated with the network catalog.
- Can users in the network add their own books to the network catalog? (repeated question from above)
- If no, is it possible to include this as a feature near the option to change the global privacy status? (When authors change their book to Public, they might assume that this means it will get added to the network catalog)
- If not possible to add that feature, is there a way that a book’s change in status to Public triggers an email notification to network managers, so that we can reach out to the author and ask if they would like us to add it to the catalog?
My thinking is that it would be good to give users the ability to add or remove their books from the network catalog. If network managers got an email each time a book was set to Public, that does add some additional work to follow up with the author. Also, there might be reasons author wouldn’t want their book to display in the catalog right away; giving them the ability to do that themselves gives them some autonomy over that.
On the other hand, I can see why it would be preferable to limit that capability to network managers. And I can also appreciate that it just might not be possible regardless, because of the user permissions. I’m just curious to see if there’s a way we can improve our workflow around helping faculty publish and promote their books when they’re ready. If others have suggestions along these lines for how they monitor the books on their networks, I’d be happy to hear about them!