Vision, Mission, and Values
A scholarly publishing landscape that is open, inclusive, and sustainable.
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) extends the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise.
- Professionalism: We seek to improve the quality and sustainability of library publishing through advocacy, professional development, and shared best practices.
- Openness: We believe that the products and processes of scholarly communication should be as open as possible, thereby increasing the reach and impact of scholarship worldwide.
- Diversity: Recognizing that library publishing has a unique opportunity to amplify underrepresented voices in scholarly communication, we strive to promote inclusivity in all our professional activities.
- Collaboration: We leverage our collective knowledge and resources to enhance our own publishing efforts and to support other libraries in developing scholarly publishing programs.
- Innovation: As research and scholarly communication continue to evolve, we explore and engage with new technologies and new models of publishing to better support the needs of the scholarly community.
Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) members comprise a robust network of libraries committed to enhancing, promoting, and exploring this growing field. Membership is open to academic and research libraries and library consortia that have or are considering library publishing programs. See the history section below for the list of initial founding and contributing institutions.
- American Theological Library Association
- Binghamton University
- Boston College
- California Digital Library
- California Polytechnic State University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Claremont Colleges Library
- Colby College
- Columbia University
- Dartmouth College
- Dublin Business School
- Emory University
- Florida State University
- George Mason University
- Grand Valley State University
- Illinois Wesleyan University
- Indiana University
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Iowa State University
- James Madison University
- Kansas State University
- La Trobe University
- Library of Congress
- Lynn University
- Macalester College
- McGill University
- Northeastern University
- Northwestern University
- Ohio State University
- Pacific University
- Penn State University
- Pepperdine University
- Portland State University
- Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
- Purdue University
- Rutgers University
- Simon Fraser University
- SUNY Geneseo
- Syracuse University
- Temple University
- Texas Tech University
- Tulane University
- University College London (UCL)
Libraries & UCL Press
- University of Alberta
- University of Arizona
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Florida
- University of Georgia
- University of Guelph
- University of Illinois
- University of Iowa
- University of Kentucky
- University of Maryland
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
- University of Miami
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- University of Minnesota
- University of New Brunswick
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of North Texas
- University of Ottawa
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of South Florida
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas at Arlington
- University of Virginia
- University of Washington
- University of Western Ontario
- Valparaiso University
- Villanova University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Tech
- Wake Forest University
- Washington University
in St. Louis
- Wayne State University
- West Virginia University
The LPC’s Bylaws [PDF] were ratified in July 2014 and last updated in May 2017.
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) Board oversees the governance, organizational structure, by-laws, and the review and direction of the membership of the LPC. This group provides guidance on critical decisions, formalizes documentation, and ensures that projects make progress towards their goals. The Board is elected by LPC’s membership, and officers are elected by the Board.
2018 – 2019 Board Members
University of Minnesota
July 2017 – June 2020
University of Pittsburgh
July 2018 – June 2021
July 2018 – June 2021
July 2018 – June 2021
University of Massachusetts
July 2018 – June 2019
Wayne State University
July 2017 – June 2019
California Digital Library
July 2017 – June 2020
July 2018 – June 2020
Past Board Members
Grand Valley State University
University of Michigan
University of North Texas
Oregon State University
Ohio State University
Kansas State University
University of Florida
George Mason University
To facilitate collaboration and open communication, the Library Publishing Coalition welcomes peer organizations as strategic affiliates.
Association of University Presses
Coalition for Networked Information
Digital Library Federation
Digital Public Library of America
Directory of Open Access Journals
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
Open Textbook Network
Public Knowledge Project
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Society for Scholarly Publishing
- Creative Commons USA
Melanie Schlosser, Community Facilitator
Melanie is the Scholarly Communications Program Leader for the Educopia Institute, and serves as the Community Facilitator for the Library Publishing Coalition. Before coming to Educopia in 2017, Melanie spent almost ten years as a faculty member at the Ohio State University Libraries, working with digital publishing, the institutional repository, and a variety of other scholarly communications-related areas. Her research covers a range of topics – from metadata to copyright to digital humanities – but it all focuses broadly on making scholarship more accessible. Since 2015, she has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Mark Newton, Columbia University) of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Melanie has an M.L.S. and a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director (Educopia Institute)
As the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, Katherine played a founding role in and provides administrative oversight and support for the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). She is the founding program director for the MetaArchive Cooperative, a community-owned and community-governed digital preservation network founded in 2004 that now has more than 50 member institutions in four countries. She has also played a founding role in the BitCurator Consortium, a community-led membership association that supports digital forensics practices in libraries, archives, and museums, and that provides administrative, user, and community support for the BitCurator environment and open-source tools. Katherine received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has co-edited three books and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and articles. She regularly teaches graduate courses and workshops in digital librarianship and preservation topics, and provides consultation services to groups that are planning or implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation programs.
Caitlin Perry, Administrative Coordinator (Educopia Institute)
Caitlin is the Administrative Coordinator for the Educopia Institute and its affiliated communities. Before joining the Educopia team, Before coming to Educopia, Caitlin worked as a copywriter, operations manager at a tech start-up, and book publicist. Caitlin holds a B.A. in English from Skidmore College and is pursing an MLIS from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Hannah Ballard, Project and Communications Manager
Hannah Ballard is the Project and Communications Manager, splitting her time equally between creating and evaluating Educopia’s communications presence, and coordination of the “Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing” initiative. Hannah received her B.A. in History from the University of Kansas, and studied History at the graduate level at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Educopia team, Hannah worked as a Project Manager at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Kansas City Public Library. She also spent time working in the craft beer industry, honing her skills as a communicator and a storyteller.
LPC is grateful to our sponsors for helping to support the work we do on behalf of our members and the wider community of library publishers. Learn more about our sponsorship program.
Public Knowledge Project
Society for Scholarly Publishing
LPC’s current strategic plan was released in August of 2018 and covers 2018 through 2023. It focuses on three key goals:
- Goal 1: Promulgate best practices in library publishing
- Goal 2: Strengthen the community of library publishers
- Goal 3: Act as a focal point and a force multiplier for library publishing
Between January 2013 and December 2014, 61 academic libraries, in collaboration with the Educopia Institute, founded the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech regarding the need for a community dedicated to advancing the field of library publishing.
Academic libraries and the researchers and organizations they support are facing a new paradigm in scholarly publishing. The web, information and social media technologies, and the open source and open access movements are changing the framework in which scholarship is created, collected, organized, and disseminated. Yet, as shown by the highly regarded Strategies for Success project (funded by IMLS and led by Purdue University, the University of Utah, and Georgia Tech), library-based publishing groups lack a central space where they can meet, work together, share information, and confront common issues.
The Strategies for Success project laid a strong foundation for further action. Prompted by the results of this project, Educopia hosted a conversation in May 2012 among three library deans who shared an interest in advancing the emerging field of library publishing: James Mullins (Purdue University), Martin Halbert (University of North Texas), and Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech). As an outcome of that conversation, in June 2012, Charles Watkinson (Purdue University), Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute), and Julie Speer (Virginia Tech), drafted a proposal for a new, community-driven organization dedicated to library publishing. The vision outlined in that proposal was vetted by representatives from 18 major libraries and consortia in July 2012 before being released to prospective participants in August 2012. More than 50 academic libraries formally joined the project team before the project kicked off in January 2013.
Over the next eighteen months, participants worked to produce the LPC’s first deliverables, including the Library Publishing Directory and the inaugural Library Publishing Forum. At the request of the community, on July 1, 2014 the LPC formally launched as an ongoing membership organization, six months ahead of schedule.
Initial Founding Institutions
Brigham Young University | Colby College | Columbia University | Dartmouth College | Duke University | Grand Valley State University | Kansas State University | Northeastern University | Ohio State University | Oregon State University | Penn State | Purdue University | Syracuse University | University of Arizona | University of Illinois, Chicago | University of Kentucky | University of Massachusetts-Amherst | University of North Carolina, Greensboro | University of North Texas | University of Pittsburgh | University of San Diego | University of Tennessee | University of Utah | Utah State University | Virginia Tech | Washington University, St. Louis | Wayne State University
Initial Contributing Institutions
Boston College | Brandeis University | California Digital Library | California Polytechnic State University | Carnegie Mellon University | Claremont University Consortium | Cornell University | Emory University | Florida State University | Illinois Wesleyan University | Indiana University | McGill University | Northwestern University | Pacific University | Pepperdine University | Rutgers University | Simon Fraser University | Tulane University | University of Central Florida | University of Florida | University of Georgia | University of Hawaii at Manoa | University of Iowa | University of Kansas | University of Maryland | University of Massachusetts-Worcester | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | University of North Carolina, Charlotte | University of Washington | Valparaiso University | Villanova University | Wake Forest University | West Virginia University