The LPC is an independent, community-led membership association. The purpose of the LPC is to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.

The LPC was founded in 2014 with seed support from the Educopia Institute and participating libraries. The LPC is an Affiliated Community of the Educopia Institute.

Our Members

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.

  • Boston College
  • California Digital Library
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Claremont University Consortium
  • Colby College
  • Dartmouth College
  • DePaul University
  • 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
  • Minitex
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific University
  • Penn State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Portland State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Tulane University
  • University College London (UCL)
    Libraries & UCL Press
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois
    at Urbana-Champaign
  • 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 Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of San Diego
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Valparaiso University
  • Villanova University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University
    in St. Louis
  • Wayne State University
  • West Virginia University

Learn more about membership in the LPC

Bylaws

The LPC’s Bylaws [PDF] were ratified in July 2014 and last updated in May 2017.


Board

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.

2017 – 2018 Board Members

  • Catherine Mitchell

    Catherine Mitchell

    President
    California Digital Library
    July 2017 – June 2020

  • Kate McCready, LPC Board

    Kate McCready

    President-Elect
    University of Minnesota
    July 2017 – June 2020

  • Bella Gerlich

    Bella Karr Gerlich

    Secretary
    Texas Tech University
    July 2017 – June 2018

  • Laurie Taylor, LPC Board

    Laurie Taylor

    Treasurer
    University of Florida
    July 2017 – June 2019

  • Marilyn Billings, LPC Board

    Marilyn Billings

    UMass Amherst
    July 2016 – June 2018

  • Jason Colman, LPC Board

    Jason Colman

    University of Michigan
    July 2016 – June 2018


  • Rebel Cummings-Sauls

    Kansas State University
    July 2017 – June 2020

  • Joshua Neds-Fox

    Joshua Neds-Fox

    Wayne State University
    July 2017 – June 2019

  • John Warren, LPC Board

    John Warren

    George Mason University
    July 2017 – June 2019

  • Melanie Schlosser, Scholarly Communications Program Leader

    Melanie Schlosser

    Educopia Institute
    Ex officio

Past Board Members

  • Sarah Beaubien

    Grand Valley State University

  • Brad Eden

    Valparaiso University

  • Isaac Gilman

    Pacific University

  • Kevin Hawkins

    University of North Texas

  • Korey Jackson

    Oregon State University

  • Sarah Melton

    Emory University

  • Catherine Mitchell

    California Digital Library

  • Melanie Schlosser

    Ohio State University

  • Julie Speer

    Virginia Tech

  • Marcia Stockham

    Kansas State University

  • Allegra Swift

    Claremont Colleges

  • Scott Walter

    DePaul University

Staff

Melanie Schlosser, Scholarly Communications Program Leader

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, 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: melanie@educopia.org.


Ian Harmon, LPC Intern

Ian is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he works as a Graduate Assistant the University Library’s Scholarly Commons. Prior to entering library school, he earned a PhD in Philosophy at Illinois and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Rice University. Ian is interested in the ways that technology impacts research and the dissemination of scholarship. He is also passionate about the role that libraries serve as central institutions of the public sphere and supporters of the common good.


Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director (Educopia Institute)

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.


Courtney Vukasinovic, Administrative Coordinator (Educopia Institute)

Courtney Vukasinovic, Administrative Coordinator (Educopia Institute)

Courtney is the Administrative Coordinator for the Educopia Institute and its affiliated communities. Before joining the Educopia team, she spent three years living in Japan, where she worked as an English teacher and a translator. She has additional experience in writing and publishing, journalism, broadcast and online media, administration, and the nonprofit sector.


Hannah Ballard, Project and Communications Manager

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.

Mission, Vision & Strategies

Mission

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support scholars as they create, advance, and disseminate knowledge.


Vision

Library publishing services play a critical role in scholarly communications. We exist to advocate for their creation and articulate their value for faculty, students, staff, and other library stakeholders. We believe that, to flourish, library publishing as a community of practice needs organized leadership to address articulated needs, such as targeted training and education, better and increased communication and collaboration, new research, and shared documentation. We recognize that library and other nonprofit publishers have common interests and concerns. We believe that a coalition that facilitates sustained dialog among university and college libraries, university presses, scholarly societies, and other mission-related publishers enables us to respond to changes in the scholarly communication ecosystem more quickly and efficiently and in innovative ways.


Strategies

The LPC serves the library publishing community by:

Hosting an annual forum where libraries with an interest in digital publishing services may communicate to the broader field about their activities and goals, and with one another about developments in library publishing.

Compiling a library publishing directory that defines the field and supports libraries in the creation and enhancement of publishing services.

Conducting new research that addresses specific, practical concerns.

Building relationships with other organizations in the scholarly communications and library fields.

Developing advocacy and awareness materials and programs that articulate the unique value of library publishing.

Providing training and learning opportunities for professionals and students to develop needed skills and competencies.

Gathering statistics that track trends, needs, and developments in the field.

Exploring collective purchasing arrangements that allow libraries to effectively use resources.

Developing collective marketing strategies that build exposure for library publishers

History

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.