LPC Blog

The Library Publishing Coalition Blog is used to share news and updates about the LPC and the Library Publishing Forum, to draw attention to items of interest to the community, and to publish informal commentaries by LPC members and friends.

November 15, 2017

LPC welcomes a new strategic affiliate: Digital Public Library of America


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The Library Publishing Coalition is delighted to welcome the Digital Public Library of America as a new strategic affiliate! A statement from DPLA:

The Digital Public Library of America is excited to join the members of Library Publishing Coalition in our shared goal of maximizing access to open and trustworthy information. DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions and we are working to expand the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of ebooks for the general public. DPLA’s vision for improving the ebook ecosystem includes helping libraries serve more open access content, such as Creative Commons-licensed fiction and nonfiction, open textbooks and open educational resources, and public domain classics. As part of this work, DPLA is currently piloting the DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), a marketplace where libraries can purchase popular ebooks and other e-content to serve to their patrons. For more on DPLA’s ebook initiatives, visit our blog.

Strategic affiliates are peer membership associations who have a focal area in scholarly communications and substantial engagement with libraries, publishers, or both. See our list of strategic affiliates or learn more about the program.

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November 14, 2017

Publishing platforms preconference: Call for showcase participants!


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The Library Publishing Coalition seeks participants for a showcase session at the Library Publishing Forum’s preconference on open source publishing platforms (May 21st, 2018) at  Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The preconference is affiliated with the Library Publishing Forum, which will take place May 22nd and 23rd at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center.

The showcase session will allow attendees to learn more about the broader ecosystem of open source publishing software. We especially invite representation from:

  • Open source platforms used to publish content online
  • Open source tools related to any stage of the publishing process
  • Service providers working with open source software
  • Organizations focused on creating or sustaining open source publishing software

For more information on the preconference and the Library Publishing Forum, see our official call for showcase participants. If you have any questions, please reach out to Melanie Schlosser. Registration for the preconference will open in spring 2018.

We hope to see you in Minneapolis in May!

November 14, 2017

Call for proposals: 2018 Library Publishing Forum


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The Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee is delighted to announce that the call for proposals for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum is now open!

The Program Committee welcomes proposals on any library publishing topic. We particularly invite those that address the following themes:

  • New directions: Share your new initiatives, partnerships, or research, or tackle new challenges in library publishing.
  • Accessibility: Share how your program is working to achieve the broadest possible access to scholarship or explore opportunities for increasing the accessibility of digital publications.
  • Discovery: Share how you are increasing the reach and impact of your publications or propose collaborative solutions to discovery challenges.  

We are accepting proposals for both full sessions (60 minutes, including Q&A) and individual panel slots (~15 minutes).

The deadline for submission is January 19, 2018, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than February 28, 2018.

See the official call for proposals for more information on the Forum, plus instructions on how to submit.

We hope to see you in Minneapolis in May!

November 8, 2017

Announcing the 2018 Library Publishing Forum keynote speaker: Catherine Kudlick


Catherine Kudlick photographThe Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee is excited to announce that the keynote address at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum will be given by Catherine Kudlick, Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Kudlick has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Postrevolutionary France and “Disability History: Why We Need Another Other” in the American Historical Review. She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity. She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Disability History with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen. As director of the Longmore Institute, she directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. She has been active in electronic accessibility initiatives, first at UC Davis and more recently in public advocacy.

We are looking forward to learning more about Dr. Kuclick’s work on accessible book publishing, and to exploring how library publishing can help make scholarship accessible to all!


November 6, 2017

LPC welcomes a new member: University of Cincinnati


The Library Publishing Coalition is delighted to welcome University of Cincinnati as a member! About their program:

The University of Cincinnati Library Publishing Services (CLiPS) an imprint of the University of Cincinnati Press, provides professional publishing services to faculty, staff, departments, and centers associated with the university. CLiPS assists authors and editors in publishing output in print, digital and open access incorporating new technologies to provide our community with a full range of services promoting academic scholarship. We support faculty-authored publications sponsored by UC academic departments, publications edited by UC organizations, affordable textbooks, open educational resources, and student run publications. We encourage the exploration of new types of publications in print or electronic forms working with materials beyond traditional written papers and monographs.

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November 2, 2017

Upcoming Event: Roundtable Discussion on Elsevier’s Acquisition of bepress


Want to talk about Elsevier’s recent acquisition of bepress and what it means for library publishers? (You know you do!) Join us on Friday, November 17 at 2pm EST for a roundtable discussion hosted by LPC’s Board and facilitated by Joshua Neds-Fox (Wayne State University). See the event post for more details.

About LPC Roundtables: These member-only discussions take place approximately every other month, and each one has a specified topic and an LPC member facilitator, and they often include at least one guest participant. They are informal (no presentations, no recordings), and are designed to give the LPC community an opportunity to discuss a topic of interest, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration and areas that need further investigation or programming. Roundtable discussions are open to all staff at member institutions.

November 2, 2017

Members section of LPC website is here!


We hope you’ve been enjoying the public-facing areas of our redesigned website! We’ve been putting the finishing touches on the members section, and are ready to share it with the community. Any staff member at an LPC member institution can request a website login which you can use to:

  • Access the Shared Documentation
  • Upload your program’s documentation to share with the community
  • View other member-only content, such as Board meeting minutes

To request an account, email contact@librarypublishing.org, cc’ing your LPC voting representative.  Please note that LPC website accounts will be linked to the users’ institutional email address, so if you contact us from a third-party email service (e.g. Gmail), make sure to include your institutional email in the message. To share documents via the website, follow the instructions in the policies & procedures document.

November 1, 2017

Upcoming Event: Webinar on Creating Accessible PDFs


PDF is a common format for library publishers, but it comes with a host of accessibility challenges.  LPC members are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 12 at noon EST/9am PST for a webinar on PDF accessibility, organized by LPC’s Professional Development Committee. Attendees will learn how to evaluate the accessibility of existing PDFs and create new PDFs to be as accessible as possible.

The webinar will be led by Carli Spina, from LPC member institution Boston College Libraries. If you haven’t already seen it, Carli recently taught an excellent webinar on creating accessible presentations for the Digital Library Federation. Check it out!

Not an LPC member? Can’t make it to the live webinar? Never fear! We will record the presentation and make it available in our webinar archive after the event.

See the event post for more details.

October 26, 2017

Announcing LPC’s new Strategic Affiliates Program


LPC AffiliatesWhile we’re making big announcements (new website, 70th member, etc.), we have another piece of exciting news to share: the launch of a new Strategic Affiliates Program! (Clearly we’ve been busy lately.)  When the LPC was founded, our original Strategic Affiliates Program was extremely helpful to us in understanding the landscape and building relationships with other organizations in our space. As we have grown, however, we have recognized a need for more engagement with our strategic affiliates, and are updating the program accordingly. The new program is limited to other membership organizations, and includes more regular communication and benefits, such as participation in LPC’s listserv and attendance at member-only events. We are launching the new program with seven initial affiliates: the Association of American University Presses, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Directory of Open Access Journals, NASIG, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, the Public Knowledge Project, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

We welcome inquiries from other membership associations who are interested in participating in the Strategic Affiliates Program. Email Melanie Schlosser to get the conversation going! (If your organization doesn’t meet the criteria, check out our soon-to-launch Publishers and Service Providers program.)

October 20, 2017

LPC welcomes our 70th member: the University of Alberta!


The Library Publishing Coalition hits a major milestone this week as we welcome our 70th member institution: University of Alberta! To celebrate, we have asked them to answer a few questions:

Tell us a little about your library and your publishing activities!

University of Alberta is a large, research-intensive university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and home to a fantastic library team. The Libraries, which includes the University of Alberta Press, offer free journal hosting services to any Canadian journals committed to open access.

Why did you decide to join LPC?

We are excited to join the LPC community in order to learn from and engage with fellow members. We look forward to also sharing our experiences and giving back what knowledge and expertise we can to this group. We feel the goals and activities of the LPC align very nicely with our own! LPC membership complements other partnership work we are involved in, e.g. UAL is a PKP Development Partner.

How do you think membership will benefit your organization?

LPC offers a large community (70 members strong!) working to influence and reshape scholarly communications through the engagement of libraries as active partners in this process. The LPC will no doubt provide us with many sources of inspiration and encouragement, and with helpful supporting resources and a growing community of potential collaborators to join forces with in doing this work.

Are there any aspects of membership that you are particularly excited to tap into?

Collaborating with the community to promote and support the work libraries do (and have long done) in publishing will be rewarding work. Connecting with like-minded individuals and organizations via the conference and communication channels will help our staff learn and grow in their own initiatives as well. A number of the committees and working groups look to be doing interesting work. We look forward to joining these efforts!

While we are welcoming the University of Alberta, we also wanted to take a moment to recognize and celebrate all of our members and the amazing community that they have built. Hats off to each one to you!

Onwards and upwards,
The LPC Staff

October 17, 2017

Announcing the launch of the new LPC website!


After five months of hard work and digital soul-searching, we are delighted to announce the launch of the new Library Publishing Coalition website!

Throughout the redesign process, we strived to refresh the look of the website while simultaneously making it easier to update and maintain. We’re excited that the new website is more mobile-friendly than our previous site and better showcases the Library Publishing Forum. We’ve also added this brand new blog, so be sure to check back for updates from the LPC team and original content from the community!

The new site will also feature improved member-only functionality, including a revamped Shared Documentation Portal. The member content will launch the week of October 30th, so stay tuned for an announcement and instructions on how to access it.

We hope that the new website makes the exciting work of the Library Publishing Coalition more accessible and engaging. We are deeply grateful to all of our partners who devoted their time and energy to the redesign process!

If you have questions, suggestions, or feedback, please email Melanie Schlosser.

October 6, 2017

Fellows Journal: Meet Reggie Raju, 2017-18 Library Publishing Fellow


The Fellows Journal is a forum for the current Library Publishing Coalition fellows to share their experiences and raise topics for discussion within the community. Learn more about the Fellowship Program.

I am Reggie Raju, currently the Deputy Director: Research and Learning Services at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. I am originally from an east coast city in South Africa called Durban. I am the son of indentured labourers who were brought from India to work the sugar cane farms on the east coast of South Africa. Coming from a struggle background in which some members of my family were either exiled or imprisoned, the struggles against the apartheid system had taught me important lessons in life one of which was the drive for social justice. (more…)

September 25, 2017

Fellows Journal: Meet Charlotte Roh, 2017-18 LPC Fellow


The Fellows Journal is a forum for the current Library Publishing Coalition fellows to share their experiences and raise topics for discussion within the community. Learn more about the Fellowship Program. Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco and recipient of the 2017 LPC Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing. Charlotte is one of two inaugural fellows in the Library Publishing Coalition Fellowship Program, and her goals for the fellowship include advancing social justice and diversity in library publishing.

At the start of this fall semester, one of the professors on my campus asked me to come talk to his copyediting class about academic publishing as a career. My usual audience is librarians and faculty, so I always welcome a chance to talk with undergraduates. It’s an entirely different conversation, and an opportunity to essentially indulge in nostalgia and my own hard-won knowledge about the New York publishing industry. (more…)

August 3, 2017

Owned By The Academy: A Preconference on Open Source Publishing Platforms


Promotional image for preconferenceSave the date for a 2018 Library Publishing Forum preconference on open source publishing platforms! This full-day workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the landscape of open source publishing software and associated service providers, and give platform developers the opportunity to interact with each other and with the community.

Owned By The Academy: A Preconference on Open Source Publishing Platforms will take place on Monday, May 21st, 2018, in the Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. (Note: This is within the three-day date range we have already announced for the Forum. Monday will be preconferences, followed by two full days of Forum programming.)

Keep an eye out for further details.

June 28, 2017

Announcing the location of the 2019 Library Publishing Forum

From the Harbour Centre website

The 2019 Library Publishing Forum will take place at Simon Fraser University’s downtown Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, dates to be determined. A comprehensive university dedicated to community-engaged research and education, SFU has been a member of the Library Publishing Coalition since its initial project phase, and is a founding partner for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Library publishing programs worldwide rely on Open Journal Systems and other open-source publishing tools developed by PKP, thanks to SFU’s ongoing support. Thank you to Simon Fraser University for hosting the Forum!

Future Forum hosts will be chosen through an open call for proposals. Look for a call in 2018 for the 2020 Forum.

June 28, 2017

Announcing the location of the 2018 Library Publishing Forum!

Northrop Mall and the downtown Minneapolis skyline by Patrick O'Leary

The Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee is excited to announce the host and location for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum. Starting in 2018, we will return to hosting the Forum at a member institution, which allows us to keep attendee costs reasonable while providing opportunities for library tours and other engagement with the host. We are delighted to partner with the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2018!

McNamara Alumni Center by Patrick O'LearyNext year’s Forum will be held on Monday through Wednesday, May 21-23, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the McNamara Alumni Center. With over 47,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus of the University of Minnesota system, and the state’s land-grant university. The U of MN Libraries has been an active member of the Library Publishing Coalition since its initial project phase, publishing open journals, textbooks, monographs, and dynamic scholarly serials. The U of MN College of Education and Human Development is also the founding member and host of the Open Textbook Network and Open Textbook Library.

A Call for Proposals for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum will appear in late 2017.