February 12, 2007 (Raleigh, NC) – With information more readily available and textbook adoptions getting costlier every year, professors and students are trying to find a logical way to gather and share information which is pertinent to their classes. The new NISOD Community Press powered by Lulu.com, allows National Institute of Staff and Organization Development (NISOD) member schools to not only publish their own materials but to share best practices with other member schools.
This innovative program is open to the 700 plus colleges that are NISOD members. Allowing individual schools to create, buy, sell and share educations materials on the web will provide NISOD member schools with the ability to manage their school’s brand and publishing needs while generating a new revenue stream. “This is the first program of its kind,” says Lulu.com’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Communications, Rob Katz. “The NISOD Community Press not only provides these colleges with tools that facilitate the creation and sharing of quality content, but puts the power of educational materials back in the hands of the educators.”
Benefits of the NISOD Community Press include easy distribution, real-time revisions, but most importantly a school branded storefront that feeds into the NISOD Marketplace as well as the Lulu.com Marketplace, which makes content available to other schools. Evelyn Waiwaiole, Director of NISOD, says “For thirty years, NISOD has been providing tools and resources to community colleges across the country and as we move forward and think about the next thirty years, we have to consider what resources colleges will need for today’s changing world. NISOD Community Press is timely and promises to be a useful and real resource for NISOD member colleges.”
About NISOD: Since 1978, the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success.
More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD-members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world.
About Lulu.com (www.lulu.com): Lulu.com is the premier marketplace for digital content on the Internet, with over 320,000 recently published titles, and more than 5,000 new titles added each week, created by people in 80 different countries. With just over one million registered members, Lulu is changing the world of publishing by enabling the creators to publish their work themselves with complete editorial and copyright control. With storefronts provided and other marketing support, Lulu creators are fully empowered to profit from their work.