February 10, 2020
Now available: The 2020 Library Publishing Directory!By Jessica Kirschner
The Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce publication of the 2020 Library Publishing Directory! This year’s Library Publishing Directory highlights the publishing activities of 153 academic and research libraries, and is openly available in PDF and EPUB formats as well as via a searchable online directory.
The Directory illustrates the many ways in which libraries are actively transforming and advancing scholarly communications in partnership with scholars, students, university presses, and others. Each year, the Directory’s introduction presents a ‘state of the field’ based on that year’s data, which we also publish in a related blog posting.
You may notice some differences in the 2020 Directory. These emerged from ongoing work to evaluate the data model and survey collection process, to help ensure the information presented in the Directory accurately reflects the current state of the field and will be useful to a variety of users. Changes for this year include:
- More granular information about publication numbers in the different models (open access, paid, and hybrid)
- Three options for stage of publication instead of 5: Pilot, Early, and Established. Respondents were asked to elaborate on plans for expansion, change of focus, or future direction (including shrinking programs) in the Additional Information section.
- Further exploration about partnerships, including publisher preference in working with external partners and what types of publications other programs should refer to them.
Publication of the 2020 Directory was overseen by the LPC’s Directory Committee:
- Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University (2019-20 chair)
- Robert Browder, Virginia Tech
- Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona
- Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois
- Amanda Wentworth, SUNY Geneseo
We want to acknowledge and thank Purdue University Libraries, Purdue University Press, and Bookmasters for their support for the publication of the Directory since the inaugural 2014 edition. This is Purdue’s final year as the publisher of the Directory, and we are grateful for their support as we established the Directory and created an ongoing program of annual publications. Look for an announcement about the new Directory publisher later in 2020!