Posts by Melanie Schlosser

September 4, 2019

Cheryl Ball appointed as Library Publishing Curriculum Editor-in-Chief

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The Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Cheryl E. Ball to a three-year term as Editor-in-Chief of the Library Publishing Curriculum. Created in partnership with the Educopia Institute as part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the curriculum is moving to its permanent home as an ongoing program of the LPC. Cheryl will provide leadership related to the curriculum for the LPC, its Board of Directors, and, eventually, for the Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board (to be formed in 2020). To learn more about the role of the Editor-in-Chief, see the call for nominations

Headshot of Dr. Cheryl E. BallCheryl is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Libraries, where she is building a digital publishing pedagogy based on open-access and multimedia-driven work. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-source academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Since 2006, Ball has been lead editor of the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes scholarly multimedia, from which she founded KairosCamp, a series of institutes to teach scholars, editors, and publishers how to produce and publish digital (humanities) projects. She serves on several editorial boards and projects focused on scholarly multimedia and digitally driven publications. Her research in editorial workflows, digital publishing infrastructures, and publishing pedagogy can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, as well as on her personal repository, http://ceball.com

A statement from Cheryl: 

“I am really excited to be formally working with the Library Publishing Coalition as Editor-in-Chief of the publishing curriculum! The work of this position fits perfectly into the pedagogical strategies of the digital publishing team at Wayne State University Libraries, and as a founding member of the LPC, we are thrilled to be part of this project. I look forward to building an editorial board and ensuring the sustainability and usefulness of the curriculum.”

A statement from LPC Community Facilitator Melanie Schlosser: 

“I am delighted that the Library Publishing Coalition is taking on the stewardship of this crucial resource for the field of library publishing, and I am excited to partner with Cheryl as we make the curriculum an ongoing program of LPC. Her track record of scholarship, editing, and innovation speaks for itself, and I have no doubt that her experience and energy will be a tremendous asset for the curriculum and for the community of library publishers.”


August 19, 2019

Call for proposals to host the 2021 Library Publishing Forum

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The Library Publishing Coalition is seeking a host for its annual Library Publishing Forum in the spring of 2021. The Forum typically welcomes around 200 guests for 3 days of conference and pre/post conference activities. The LPC aims to hold the Forum in a variety of attractive locations throughout North America that provide convenient access for attendees through geographic proximity or easily accessible transportation. The LPC seeks a member institution willing to act as a partner in providing access to library-owned spaces, or co-signing contracts for spaces at reduced costs.

Host responsibilities 

The Forum is financed through conference registration fees and sponsor support, and the Educopia Institute will handle all conference planning and logistics. The host institution is not required to provide additional financial support. However, local organizers should provide referrals to appropriate venues for the main conference activities, pre- and post- events, and hotel stays. The host institution should also plan to have a staff member serve as the Host Liaison on the Program Committee. The Host Liaison has a one-year, non-voting role, and is invited to attend committee meetings, but is not obligated to undertake more general committee work. In addition, we welcome support from local hosts in planning a reception and coordinating appropriate social events. 

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2019-21 LPC Fellowship Program
August 5, 2019

Call for applications: LPC Fellowship Program

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** Update: We will be hosting two online information sessions about the Fellowship Program, on August 20th and September 3rd. See details and connection information.**

**Update: The first information session was recorded: view here.**

We’re excited to announce a call for applications for the second round of the LPC Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is intended to encourage participation in the LPC community by important voices who are not a member institution, to broaden access to library publishing to underrepresented groups, and to mentor new library publishers. Fellowships span 2 years, beginning on October, 2019 and ending on September 30, 2021. Up to two fellows will be selected. Applications are due September 6, 2019.

LPC Fellows receive numerous benefits, including access to LPC member resources, travel support to attend the Library Publishing Forum each year of the fellowship, and quarterly mentorship meetings with LPC staff and leadership. 

Fellows are expected to undertake a service commitment within the LPC, write 2–3 blog posts per year for the LPC blog (previous posts can be found in the Fellows Journal category on the blog), and present at the 2020 and 2021 Library Publishing Forums. The LPC Fellowship Program is flexible and can be customized to a Fellow’s interests, with the opportunity to engage in research, work with the Library Publishing Curriculum, or propose another project that would enhance library publishing. 

For more details about the fellowship, visit the program webpage or email contact@librarypublishing.org.  

Application Details 

Candidates should be:

  • Currently employed in a library that is not a member of the Library Publishing Coalition
  • New to library publishing (applicants need not be early career librarians but should have become engaged in library publishing within the last 3 years)
  • Able to attend the Library Publishing Forum at least once during the fellowship (travel support is provided – see the full program description for details)
  • Able to dedicate 1–2 hours per week to the fellowship throughout the 2 years

Fellows will be selected by the Board based on the following criteria:

  • Strong candidates will have professional responsibilities related to library publishing in their current position, which could include running a publishing program or developing a new program. 
  • Strong candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to professional development in library publishing or scholarly communication. Candidates who are interested in sharing the knowledge and experience they gain during their fellowship with other professional communities will be prioritized.
  • Strong candidates will bring new perspectives to the LPC community. Candidates from underrepresented groups or regions that do not yet have professional communities related to library publishing will be especially competitive. 
  • Fellows will be expected to communicate with the LPC community through writing and presenting. Strong communication skills are required. 

Applications are due September 6, 2019, and all applicants will be notified by September 30th. Applications will include:

  • An application form (demographic info, etc.)
  • A C.V.
  • A writing sample
  • A letter of support from library dean or supervisor (as appropriate)

Learn more and apply at: https://librarypublishing.org/get-involved/lpc-fellowship-program/


July 18, 2019

LPC members to present IFLA webinar on library publishing

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LPC Board members Jody Bailey and Ted Polley will be presenting a webinar on August 1st for the Academic and Research Libraries section of the International Federation of Library Associations. The webinar series is organized by 2017-19 LPC Fellow Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town), and the webinars are free and open to the public.

Academic Libraries Engaging in Publishing: A Burgeoning Service Model in the Open Access Sphere

August 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM Eastern U.S. time

With Plan S making headlines in the scholarly communications sphere for the past several months, it seems that the move to open access in scholarly publishing is an ever-present topic of discussion among librarians, publishers, funders, and other stakeholders. What may have been lost in many of these discussions, however, is the fact that numerous academic libraries have been engaged in publishing open access journals, books, and other materials for a number of years. Join our presenters as they provide an introduction to library publishing, including an overview of practices and Library Publishing Coalition resources as well as discussions about library publishing programs working with university presses, types of publishing libraries engage in, and skills needed to be successful in library publishing.

Presenters:

Jody Bailey

Is the Head of the Scholarly Communications Office at Emory University Libraries, where she leads a team of librarians and library specialists who are responsible for services surrounding copyright, open access and publishing, research data management, and open educational resources. The team also manages two scholarly repositories that publish works by Emory faculty and students. Jody is a member of the Board of Directors for the Library Publishing Coalition, and her scholarly interests include open-access publishing, open educational resources, user-centered library services, and outreach activities. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous conferences.

Ted Polley

Is the Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian at IUPUI University Library, where he manages the Library’s digital publishing service. Currently, the Library hosts and provides support to 21 scholarly peer-reviewed journals, with plans to expand into open monograph publishing soon. Ted’s research interests include open access, library publishing, open data, and data visualization. He is active in the library publishing community and currently sits on the Board of the Library Publishing Coalition.

This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation openly.

Please click this link to register for the webinar:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/104daa9db5f1d9aecde7dc3c8da9331e

Series organizer: Dr Reggie Raju reggie.raju@uct.ac.za

Chair of ARL: Ms. Mimi Calter mcalter@stanford.edu


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July 9, 2019

LPC Quarterly Update

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Check out our latest Quarterly Update! It includes:

  • IMLS grant to study journal publishing workflows, project manager job posted
  • New LPC task forces
  • Invitation to join for the 2019-20 membership year
  • Library Publishing Forum
    • Slides and video from the 2019 Forum available
    • Dates, location, and host for the 2020 Forum
  • Blog spotlight:
    • Strategic plan progress update
    • Spanish translation of “Academy-owned? Academic-led? Community-led?”

Read the Update


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July 2, 2019

LPC and Educopia awarded IMLS Grant to study journal publishing workflows

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We are very excited to report that Educopia Institute, the Library Publishing Coalition, and twelve partner libraries (Atlanta University Center, California Digital Library, Claremont Colleges, Columbia University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Pacific University, University of Alberta, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, University of Redlands, Virginia Tech, and Wayne State University) have received an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant to investigate and document journal publishing workflows being used in a variety of library-based publishing programs. Based on Educopia’s very successful OSSArcFlow Project, this project will create a set of model workflows that can be adopted and adapted by other libraries.

Library Publishing Workflows is one of a number of aligned projects (including an exploratory project LPC is undertaking in partnership with Longleaf Services) that are currently seeking to understand the needs of library publishers. Though each project is taking a different approach, they all share a goal – to strengthen library publishing by strengthening the infrastructure that supports it, whether that infrastructure be workflows, production support, or platforms. 

The Library Publishing Workflows project will officially start on August 1st. We are planning a strong program of communications, including regular updates on this blog, so stay tuned to learn more!  

About Library Publishing Coalition

The Library Publishing Coalition is an independent, community-led membership association. Its mission is to extend the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise. Visit librarypublishing.org for a wide variety of freely available resources to support scholarly publishing in libraries.

The LPC operates as an affiliated community of Educopia Institute.

About Educopia

Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. Educopia also develops and manages applied research projects that benefit our affiliated communities and the broader information fields of libraries, archives, and museums. Learn more at https://educopia.org and follow us on Twitter

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Library Publishing Forum 2020, May 4-6, Worcester, MA
June 18, 2019

Announcing the date and location of the 2020 Library Publishing Forum

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We are very excited to announce that, after an open call for proposals, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been selected as the host for the 2020 Library Publishing Forum. Next year’s Forum will take place May 4-6 on UMMS’s campus in Worcester, MA.

Statement from University of Massachusetts Medical School:
“UMass Med School’s Lamar Soutter Library is excited to host the scholarly publishing community and promote the values of open and sustainable scholarship and promote the values of open and sustainable scholarship, diversity, and inclusivity in library publishing. The 2020 Forum will be held  in the Albert Sherman Center (ASC), the newest education and research building on the UMMS campus. 
 
Lamar Soutter Library manages eScholarship@UMMS, the open access digital archive and publishing system for the UMMS community. Hosting the Forum will expose participants to the pivotal work in medical library publishing being accomplished at UMMS. 
 
Thank you for the honor of hosting this international conference. We look forward to providing a venue of ease, stimulating and provocative scholarly publishing topics, and the opportunity to highlight a city steeped in history, diversity, and contemporary living. UMMS is excited to bring the ‘heart of the Commonwealth’ to the 2020 Forum.” 
Statement from LPC:
“We are delighted to join the UMass Med School Lamar Soutter Library in bringing the 2020 Library Publishing Forum to a new geographic region, full of innovative library publishers. The 2020 Forum will be a fantastic opportunity to strengthen connections across our community of practice and to learn from UMMS’s leadership in medical library publishing. The LPC sincerely thanks UMass Med School for hosting next year’s Forum!” 
We look forward to seeing you all in Worcester next year!


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June 18, 2019

Slides and video available from the Library Publishing Forum

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If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Forum or want to revisit your favorite sessions, we have gathered slides and livestreamed video for many sessions. You can access them all from the online program. Slides and video are also available for this year’s preconference,  Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources.

Forgot to send us your slides? It’s not too late! Email them to contact@librarypublishing.org.


June 11, 2019

Call for Nominations: Library Publishing Curriculum Editor-in-Chief

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The LPC Board seeks nominations for the volunteer position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Library Publishing Curriculum. Created in partnership with the Educopia Institute as part of a project generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Curriculum is moving to its permanent home as an ongoing program of the LPC. The EIC will provide leadership related to the Curriculum for the LPC, its Board of Directors, and, eventually, for the Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board (to be formed in 2020). The EIC will serve a three-year, renewable term, reporting to the LPC Board.

Responsibilities

The EIC will be responsible for setting the vision for the future direction of Library Publishing Curriculum development and for maintaining the highest editorial quality of the Library Publishing Curriculum. Key aspects of this position include:

  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for the Curriculum.
  • Under the direction of LPC’s Board and in collaboration with LPC staff, the EIC will develop requirements and a strategy for establishing an online home for the Curriculum on LPC’s website and oversee the implementation of that strategy.
  • Develop proposals for the Curriculum Editorial Board; proposals may include new content or updates needed to the Curriculum, new offerings of the Curriculum, and opportunities for the Curriculum to have a global impact.  
  • Guide the formation of the inaugural Curriculum Editorial Board (to be launched September 2020).

When the Curriculum Editorial Board is in place, the EIC will:

  • Set agendas for and facilitate Editorial Board monthly meetings.
  • Work in tandem with, and provide leadership for, the Editorial Board as it identifies maintenance and development needs for the Curriculum, oversees (and occasionally performs) that work, and promotes the wide adoption and use of the Curriculum.

Qualifications

  • Accomplishment and expertise in library publishing, and a keen interest in expanding professional capacity in the field
  • Research and publishing experience or curriculum development experience
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Time to dedicate to a demanding service role (up to 4 hours/wk)

Nominees do not need to work at an LPC member institution.

Nomination process

Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted through June 30th via this nomination form. Nominated individuals will be invited to provide a C.V. and a statement of interest by July 31st. LPC’s Board, working with a search committee made up of Board members and community members involved in the original Library Publishing Curriculum project, will review candidates and select the EIC. The new EIC will start on October 1st.


April 29, 2019

A check-in on LPC’s strategic plan progress

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It’s been nine months since LPC released our very ambitious 5-year strategic plan (PDF), setting out a range of objectives in three goal areas: 1) promulgate best practices in library publishing, 2) strengthen the community of library publishers, and 3) act as a focal point and a force multiplier for library publishing. The Board is still building up our tools and processes for tracking and reporting progress on the plan, but in anticipation of the Forum where there will be opportunities for reflection and conversation we wanted to let the community know about some work that has been happening in each of these areas. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it gives a flavor of some activities happening within the organization.

Promulgate best practices in library publishing

Training: In addition to our regular program of webinars, LPC partnered with Educopia this year to offer a number of Library Publishing Curriculum pilot workshops – in person, synchronous virtual, and asynchronous virtual – using this fantastic new resource. LPC is also in the process of taking on the long-term stewardship of the curriculum, and will be putting out a search for a Curriculum Editor-in-Chief this summer.

How-to guides: In the last year, we released two new publications – the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing and a how to guide for DOAJ Applications – to help library publishers follow best practices in their work.  

Research: Library publishing is a relatively new field, and there are still plenty of areas where best practices aren’t yet known. To encourage investigation and development of these areas, LPC’s Research Committee is creating a research agenda for the field. Look for a draft for comment this summer!

Strengthen the community of library publishers

Growth in membership: LPC has welcomed 20 new member libraries in the last year! We also launched a new mentorship program to support new library publishers and new member libraries in getting the most out of the community.

Growth in outreach: We added three new strategic affiliate organizations this year (SPARC, Open Textbook Network, and Creative Commons USA) and the number of organizations sponsoring the LPC and the Library Publishing Forum continues to grow.

Growth in international engagement: While LPC’s membership is primarily North American, supporting and learning from the international community of library publishers is a priority for us. We are participating in the new Special Interest Group on Library Publishing that formed this year within the International Federation of Library Associations, and a Board subgroup is currently drafting a strategy for sustained international engagement.

Act as a focal point and a force multiplier for library publishing

Engaging with vendors: We continue to build out our Publishers and Service Providers List as a starting point for library publishers looking to outsource services. We are also working on some exploratory projects that will investigate the system and support needs of library publishers with the goal of contributing to the development of targeted solutions – stay tuned for more information.

Raising awareness about library publishing: At a variety of conferences, we have increased our capacity to engage with related communities of practice, and are regularly presenting on our work. This year, the LPC Blog has been an active platform for commentaries that explore issues important to library publishers and profiles that raise the visibility of the transformative work our members do on their campuses. We also published a scholarly article highlighting LPC’s work and the importance of library publishing.

Creating community spaces: The Library Publishing Forum serves as an important and growing venue for sharing best practices, identifying trends, and tackling thorny problems. Many groups within LPC – including the Program Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and the Board – have worked this year to grow the Forum in breadth, depth, and inclusivity, while retaining its unique character and welcoming environment.

We want to hear from you!

These achievements and the efforts that are underway indicate a very strong launch to accomplishing the goals outlined in our plan. All of this work was done by you, the LPC membership, along with our talented Educopia staff. We welcome your feedback on this work and your ideas for bringing the LPC Strategic Plan to life.


April 10, 2019

AUPresses-LPC Cross-Pollination Program recipients announced

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The Cross-Pollination Conference Registration Waiver aims to promote greater interconnectivity between members of the Association of University Presses and the Library Publishing Coalition. The program helps two people from each organization’s membership to attend the other’s annual meeting.

Recipients of a waiver to attend the 2019 Library Publishing Forum are: Meredith Carruthers (Concordia University Press) and Laraine Coates (University of British Columbia Press). Recipients of a waiver to attend the 2019 AUPresses Annual Meeting are: Sherri Barnes (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Dave S. Ghamandi (University of Virginia).

After attending the meetings, this cohort of 4 cross-pollinators will provide public reports on their experience. In addition to creating collegial networks between the two communities, this program is intended to encourage future collaboration between the two organizations.

Congratulations to these worthy recipients!

The 2019 Library Publishing Forum will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 8-10. Program details are available here: https://librarypublishing.org/library-publishing-forum/

The 2019 AUPresses Annual Meeting will be held in Detroit, June 11-13. Visit the meeting website for more information: http://www.aupresses.org/events-a-conferences/annual-meeting/aupresses-2019

 


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April 3, 2019

LPC Quarterly Update

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Check out our latest Quarterly Update! It includes:

  • New and returning members
  • This year’s member profiles
  • New LPC Board members
  • Winners of the 2019 Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing
  • Launch of the pilot LPC Mentorship Program
  • Library Publishing Forum
    • Registration closing soon!
    • Full program available
    • Keynote speaker announced
  • Blog spotlight: Academy-owned? Academic-led? Community-led?
  • Featured resource: DOAJ Application Guide

Read the Update


March 29, 2019

New LPC Board members elected

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The 9-member Library Publishing Coalition Board oversees the governance, organizational structure, Bylaws, and the review and direction of the membership of the Library Publishing Coalition. We have three newly-elected Board members, with terms running from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022:

  • Karen Bjork, Portland State University
  • Christine Fruin, Atla
  • Sarah Hare, Indiana University

They will join the returning Board members:

  • Kate McCready, University of Minnesota (2017-2020)
  • Catherine Mitchell, California Digital Library (2017-2020)
  • Ted Polley, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis  (2018-2020)
  • Jody Bailey, Emory University (2018-2021)
  • Vanessa Gabler, University of Pittsburgh (2018-2021)
  • Scott Warren, Syracuse University (2018-2021)

Many thanks to our outgoing Board members Marilyn Billings and Joshua Neds-Fox for their service!