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.

September 13, 2022

LPC welcomes a new member: York University

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Please join us in welcoming York University as a new member of the Library Publishing Coalition. The voting rep for York University is Sarah Coysh.

About York University Libraries:

York University Libraries (YUL) supports York’s diverse community as they engage in purposeful research that advances knowledge and creates positive change. YUL is comprised of libraries located on York’s main campus in Toronto – including Steacie Science and Engineering Library and Bronfman Business Library – as well as branches on our bilingual Glendon campus, La Casita Azul on our eco-campus in Costa Rica, and soon our new Markham Campus.

YUL is recognized for rich historical and community-engaged archives and special collections, progressive services for accessibility, innovative technologies, and robust services in support of research and open scholarship. Through its three primary divisions – Digital Engagement and Strategy, Research and Open Scholarship, and Teaching and Learning – YUL provides campus leadership on open access, open education, open data, and other scholarly communication priorities. YUL is also home to the institutional repository YorkSpace, a platform that enables York community members to organize and preserve their research online and showcases the scholarship of the York community.


July 27, 2022

Library Publishers Rally to Disseminate the Work of Ukrainian Scholars

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The four authors of this blog post have an extraordinary story to tell about the way that the library publishing network was able to quickly facilitate the publication and dissemination of recent research work on telemedicine from Ukraine. We will tell this story in four parts and from four voices: the researcher’s background, needs, and experience; the journal editor’s work and connection; the referral from one library publisher to another; and ultimately, the monograph publication.


Authors
Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Kyrylo S. Malakhov, V. M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics of The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Lauren B. Collister, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Ellen R. Cohn, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Researcher Perspective, by Dr. Kyrylo S. Malakhov, V.M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics

I am a research fellow at the V.M. Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, working in the department of computer facilities and systems and the microprocessor technology lab. As a research scientist, I am a member of the expert subgroup on technical issues and architecture of telemedicine within the Interdepartmental Working Group for the development of the concept of implementation of telemedicine in Ukraine.

I worked on two grant-funded projects in 2020 and 2022 through the Institute. In 2020, our research team, led by scientific supervisor Oleksandr Palagin, received a grant from the “Science for Human Security and Society” competition with a project to develop methodological foundations and decision-making support for supporting the health and recovery of Ukrainians during the pandemic. At the beginning of 2022, our research team was awarded another grant through the “Science for Safety and Sustainable Development of Ukraine” competition. Our new project is dedicated to development of a hybrid cloud-based platform for the telemedicine rehabilitation of cancer patients.

I am originally from Luhansk, but have been working in Kyiv since 2014. When the Russian invasion began in February 2022, I fled with my family to Western Ukraine, where I continued to work remotely. Some employees of the Institute left Ukraine in search of safety. Most of them took refuge in neighboring Poland, Romania, Hungary and Moldova. Many people also took advantage of the opportunity provided by the Canadian government to help Ukrainians and their family members come to work and study in Canada. We continue to collaborate across international boundaries on our work to advance the field of telehealth in Ukraine. 

Unfortunately, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, all funding and projects were suspended, but our team wanted to share the results of our work so far through publishing in international journals. Most highly ranked journals in the scope of information technology and computer science have a very high Article Processing Charge and other fees up to several thousand dollars or euros. I set myself the task of conducting a systematic analysis of peer reviewed journals on the scope of information technology and computer science, and finding journals for publication in which article processing charge and other fees are not required. To start my search for a publication outlet, I used the free SCImago Journal & Country Rank service and Elsevier’s Scopus citation database. As a result of the search and the systematic analysis, a journal was found that matched all the indicators and parameters – The International Journal of Telerehabilitation (IJT).

The next step was an attempt to contact the editor-in-chief of IJT, Dr. Ellen R. Cohn. For a long time, there was no answer, so I decided to submit directly to the journal itself using its Open Journal Systems platform. The response from the editor was quick after that. The problem turned out to be that the University of Pittsburgh did not accept emails from our Institute. After establishing contact through third-party email services and the OJS platform, I was able to publish my research team’s study in the shortest possible time. 

Further communication with Dr. Cohn allowed our research team to expand further cooperation and publish an electronic version of the monograph “New Information Technologies, Simulation and Automation”. The monograph was a compilation from the XIV International Scientific and Practical Conference “Information Technologies and Automation – 2021”, which took place in October 2021 at The Odessa National University of Technology. This was made possible through the close cooperation with Harrison W. Inefuku at Iowa State University in the US. When we communicated with him by email, the same problems described above arose, but we worked through them using the lessons learned from our work with Dr. Cohn. 

 

In my opinion, this experience has shown that for interaction between authors (especially not from the USA) and the editors of journals, it is necessary to use alternative means of communication messaging, such as corporate collaborative platforms Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex or Workplace by Meta, or use the built-in communication services in the publishing platforms. Despite all the difficulties with communication services, we were able to work fruitfully and publish the article and monograph of my research team.


Journal Editor’s Perspective: Ellen R. Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

About the  Journal. I’ve had the honor of serving as the founding editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation (IJT), since 2008. IJT was the first open access journal published in Pitt Open Library Publishing’s catalog. 

 

International Journal of Telerehabilitation Banner and logo.

 

IJT’s volunteer staff, reviewers, and editorial board hail from numerous rehabilitation associated disciplines. Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, professor at Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University serves as Senior Associate Editor, and William E. Janes, as  OTD, MSCI, OTR/L, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA as Section Editor. IJT also recognizes the tremendous support given over the years by former University of Pittsburgh Library System employees Tim Deliyannides and Vanessa Gabler. 

Special Issue from Ukraine. There had been an uptick in submissions to IJT since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ever submission to IJT from Ukraine arrived on May 13, 2022, on Day 78 of the Russian invasion of the country: Hybrid e-rehabilitation services: SMART-system for remote support of rehabilitation activities and services,” authors: Oleksandr V. Palagin, Kyrylo S. Malakhov, Vitalii Yu. Velychko, Tetiana V. Semykopna. Recognizing the urgency to publish, the review process was completed within 36 hours, with a recommendation to publish.

We first consulted with Lauren Collister at Pitt Open Library Publishing, who supported a plan to create a Special Issue that could be published immediately. Due to the international political sensitivities, the University Center for International Studies and the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies were each consulted. Both were in favor of publishing the work. However, all parties declined to include photos of the authors and other research teams, not wanting to create security risks. 

The Special Issue: Research Status Report – Ukraine was published one week later, on May 20, 2022.

The researchers had three additional requests that I have continued to address.

  1. To be connected with US sources of grant funding and collaboration for future research. This request has not yet been actualized. (Readers: if such opportunities exist at your institutions, please contact Ellen Cohn, ecohn@pitt.edu)
  2. To build upon existing telemedicine expertise. I made a referral to a US-based telemedicine leader who has begun to meet with a team in Ukraine to lend advice on organizing clinical telemedicine services.
  3. To publish an e-book. I contacted Lauren again at our library to find out the options. 

Making the referral, by Lauren B. Collister, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, University of Pittsburgh Library System

When Ellen contacted our team with the request to help publish the Ukrainian authors’ monograph, I knew I wanted to help but did not have a ready answer like we did for the journal. While the University of Pittsburgh Library System was well-positioned to publish journals and related content, we did not have the expertise or infrastructure in place to publish a book. 

One thing I’ve learned from the Library Publishing Coalition is that we all have our focus areas; because not every publisher can do everything, we can be stronger together by sharing our expertise with each other. I saw an opportunity to put that perspective into action. In this case, rather than spin up a monograph publishing model for this one inquiry, I felt comfortable reaching out to my colleagues in the community to make a referral. 

I started by searching the Library Publishing Directory for organizations that publish monographs and “journals contracted by external groups.” I knew that a campus connection was unlikely, so I needed to identify potential outlets that would be willing to publish something not affiliated with their campus. I also consulted my notes from the most recent Library Publishing Forums to identify programs that had talked about their work in this area publicly. I had just had the opportunity to learn about Iowa State’s program from Harrison Inefuku, and I knew some details about their program. With this recent experience and connection in mind, I reached out to Harrison first with the referral inquiry.

First, I contacted Harrison by email to confirm that this monograph was a good candidate for their program and that they were interested in a referral. Only after Harrison responded positively did I contact Ellen and Kyrylo. After confirming that both sides were still interested, I introduced them by e-mail and, expressing my full confidence in Harrison’s program, let the referral do its work. 


Publishing the Monograph, by Harrison W. Inefuku, Scholarly Publishing Services Librarian, Iowa State University

Cover image of the book publication at Iowa State University Digital Press

Lauren’s initial email came in while I was on vacation, so it took a little over a week for me to respond. The request caught my eye—a group of Ukrainian authors was seeking a digital publisher for a monograph originally published in print by a Ukrainian press and written largely in Ukrainian. The Iowa State University Digital Press has a broad publishing scope, with our services available to authors unaffiliated with Iowa State, so long as the disciplinary focus of the publication is represented in Iowa State’s academic or research programs. As a university with strong STEM programs, Kyrylo’s monograph fit within this scope.

One of the primary goals of the Iowa State University Digital Press is to diversify the voices represented in the scholarly record, including the publication of works in languages other than English. The Iowa State University Library is a signatory to the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication, which recommends “equal access to researched knowledge is provided in a variety of languages.” As such, the publication of a monograph written largely in Ukrainian did not present an obstacle and I was in a position to accept the monograph for publication through the Digital Press.

Once I had a chance to respond to Lauren’s inquiry, publication of the monograph moved quickly. By the end of the day, I was in contact with Ellen and Kyrylo, and Kyrylo quickly had the materials ready. Much of the work in putting the monograph was already complete by the time I entered the picture, with English translations of the monograph’s title, abstract, and front matter ready to go. I adapted the cover Kyrylo had created to match the Digital Press’s style and provided Kyrylo with the DOI and ISBN so he could update the copyright page. The book was published using Janeway’s book plugin within a week.

The publication of New Information Technologies, Simulation and Automation shows how our networks, fostered in part by the Library Publishing Coalition, and the flexibility of library publishing allowed us to be responsive to the needs of authors impacted by global events. I am grateful Lauren reached out and connected me with Ellen and Kyrylo, allowing me to participate in the publication of this book.

In Conclusion

The capacity to disseminate the work of Ukrainian scholars in challenging times is the result of at least two decades of collaboration and the building of infrastructure, both within and between US universities; IJT reviewers, IJT  Editorial Board and IJT staff across the US;  and the Library Publishing community. The promise of this robust infrastructure is in realizing exactly this kind of project and connecting researchers in need with the tools and support to publish their work. 


July 25, 2022

LPC welcomes a new member: Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

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Please join us in welcoming the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library as a new member of the Library Publishing Coalition. The voting rep for AUC is Vanesa Evers.

About the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library:

Incorporated in 2004, the AUC Woodruff Library partners with the nation’s largest consortium of historically Black colleges and universities which includes Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College to provide information management, instruction, and access to a variety of global information resources acquired and organized in support of teaching and learning, scholarship, and cultural preservation of the Atlanta University Center. The Library’s Archives Research Center is known for its extensive holdings of materials on the African American experience. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of this state-of-the-art learning facility, the Library has evolved into a model repository of information resources and is a front-runner in the innovative delivery of digital resources.

The AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the university category from the Association of Collegiate and Research Libraries (ACRL). Library CEO Loretta Parham was named the ACRL 2017 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. These top honors recognize academic libraries and librarians for delivering exemplary services and resources in support of their institutional missions.  In May 2022, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announced the AUC Woodruff Library as its 127th member, the AUC Woodruff Library becoming the second HBCU to achieve the honor. For more information, visit www.auctr.edu.


July 14, 2022

Publishing Practice Awards Committee Update

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For the 2021-2022 academic year, the Library Publishing Coalition’s Publishing Practice Awards Committee enjoyed reviewing a handful of very exciting applications for the categories of Accessibility; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; and Privacy. During the review process, the Committee was given the opportunity to clarify criteria and consider the challenges of offering this unique award, which seeks to highlight the often invisible process work involved in library publishing.

The Committee greatly appreciates the expertise of guest judge Prof. Jay Dolmage, of the University of Waterloo, who offered great insight into applications regarding the Accessibility category. With an extensive background in social justice and accessibility issues, Dr. Dolmage was an integral part of the Committee’s assessment process.

While no awards will be granted for the 2022 academic year, the Committee will be seeking award nominations for the 2023 academic year in a continued effort to draw attention to the exemplary work being done by library publishers.


July 2, 2022

LPC welcomes a new member: Rice University

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Please join us in welcoming a new member of the LPC community: Rice University. Their voting rep is Shannon Kipphut-Smith.

About Rice University, Fondren Library:

As a campus crossroads, Fondren Library brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, alumni and the general public, offering welcoming spaces, excellent collections, and strong services in support of teaching, research and creative expression. Publishing services at Fondren Library align with the library’s efforts to deepen the impact and visibility of Rice research. Services and resources have been developed to support the creation of scholarly publications created by members of the Rice community. Library staff provide consultations on a wide range of scholarly publishing topics, facilitate the assignment of digital object identifiers (DOIs), and manage several digital publishing platforms.

 


June 30, 2022

Kudos to the 2021-2022 Directory Task Force!

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The Kudos program recognizes impactful work done by community members on behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition community.

This Kudos recognizes members of the 2021-2022 Directory Task Force for their work to evaluate and revise the Directory Survey:

Many thanks to the members of the Directory Task Force (including Perry Collins, Karen Stoll Farrell, Nicholas Wojcik, Rachel Lee, Liz Scarpelli, and Emily Stenberg) for their work to evaluate and revise the directory survey. As a group they tackled several major components: streamlining and reducing workload for participants throughout (e.g., removing/adapting several questions that required counting or tracking down data); rethinking an approach that often artificially separated the work of university presses from that of library publishers; and incorporating a new, short section focused on identifying policies.

The revised survey is a thing of beauty!

This Kudos was submitted by Karen Bjork. 


June 29, 2022

LPC welcomes a new member: University of Delaware

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The Library Publishing Coalition is delighted to welcome the University of Delaware as a new member! Their voting rep is Paige Morgan.

A statement from University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press:

The Library, Museums and Press inspires the intellectual, scholarly, and creative achievement of the University of Delaware and global communities with expert staff, excellent service, dynamic learning spaces and access to diverse collections and information resources. 

The Library is the intellectual and interdisciplinary hub of the University. We partner with the campus and the community for scholarly and creative endeavors. We support the University’s efforts to have a positive impact on the community and offer innovative solutions to global problems.

The Library currently offers institutional repository services, and an open and affordable course materials grant. The Press publishes around fifteen monographs a year. We are excited to join the Library Publishing Coalition, and look forward to learning from this community.


June 29, 2022

LPC welcomes a new member: University of Kansas

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Please join us in welcoming the University of Kansas as a new member of the Library Publishing Coalition. The voting rep for KU Libraries is Marianne Reed.

About the University of Kansas Libraries:

The University of Kansas Libraries transform lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community. KU Libraries are leaders in the global Open Access movement and exhibit a long-standing commitment to advocating for low- and no- cost open educational resources for students at KU and beyond.

Digital Publishing Services, an initiative of KU Libraries, provides publishing services that increase the impact and visibility of the high-quality research of KU faculty, staff and students. Our online open access publishing model follows best practices and standards that are designed to increase the reach and impact of the research, as well as providing long-term stewardship of the material after publication.

We help KU faculty, staff and students turn their scholarship into high-quality open access publications and publish them online in a variety of formats:

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Conference proceedings
  • White papers
  • Departmental research publications

By the end of 2022, Digital Publishing Services will support more than 50 journals through the Journals@KU initiative.


June 21, 2022

Kudos to the 2021-2022 LPC Program Committee!

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The Kudos program recognizes impactful work done by community members on behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition community.

This Kudos recognizes members of the 2021-2022 LPC Program Committee for their excellent planning and work on the 2022 Library Publishing Forum:

Congratulations and mega-kudos to the 2022 LPC Program Committee: Sonya Betz (chair), Jason Boczar, Emily Carlisle-Johnston, Annie Johnson, Lucinda Johnston, Regina Raboin, Pittsburgh hosts Lauren Collister and Dave Scherer (Dave for part of the process at least), and Board liaison Emma Molls. This crew wasn’t satisfied with one event–they planned both a virtual preconference and an in-person event. And they did so with great skill, bringing to the library publishing community two programs full of informative and insightful keynotes and sessions, with good opportunities for socializing in between. They also took on the task of being room hosts for all sessions (both virtual and in-person), showing off some spectacular hosting skills, especially for the Q&As. Well done, all, and thank you!

A few comments from Program Committee members:

I was thrilled to welcome attendees to our Library Publishing Forum 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA, on our beautiful University of Pittsburgh campus. After so long on Zoom, it was a thrill to plan an in-person event and to see so many of you in person, and to introduce some of my favorite places and people in Pittsburgh. Hosting is a lot of work, but with a great local team, an amazing Program Committee, and an outstanding LPC Team, it is manageable and very worthwhile!

Lauren Collister

With compassion, grace, and fabulous organizational skills, Sonya Betz led the LPC Program to envisioning and then executing the two Library Publishing Community programs. I’m thrilled that I was part of this strong team and had a great experience! Thank you!

Regina Raboin

I really enjoyed my first year on the committee–met a lot of great people, learned a lot, and am very much looking forward to next year’s event.

Lucinda Johnston

This Kudos was submitted by Nancy Adams. 


May 12, 2022

Kudos to the 2021-2022 Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board!

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The Kudos program recognizes impactful work done by community members on behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition community.

Zoom screenshot of LPCurriculum Editorial Board Members: Chelcie Rowell, Cheryl E. Ball, Joshua Neds-Fox, John Warren, Celia Rosa, Sarah Wipperman, Harrison Inefuku, Kate Shuttleworth
Members of the Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board (Not pictured: Reggie Raju and Johanna Meetz)

 

This Kudos recognizes members of the 2021-2022 Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board for their excellent work on collaboratively writing a whole new Introductory module for the LP Curriculum:

For the last 18 months, the editorial board of the Library Publishing Curriculum has been spending their monthly 90-minute meetings, as well as (some months) multiple meetings in between, crafting an entirely new module for the Library Publishing Curriculum. In a thorough review of the Curriculum during the first six months after the Board came on, board members pinpointing a critical need that would introduce the curriculum to a range of audiences (students, new librarians, new-to-publishing librarians, and administrators). Despite this work not immediately falling within their charge (it’s optional for them to agree to *write* new/revised content), they unanimously agreed that they wanted to take on this work and began mapping out exactly what this new Introduction module might look like. A brief outline turned into a massive outline, taking into consideration all of the new trends, research areas, genres, and production processes that library publishing has taken on disciplinarily and practically in the half-decade since the original curriculum was published. Our meetings then turned into writing sprints, with the nine board members working in coordinated effort to shepherd different sections of the new introduction into existence. It was a challenge to be brief in some instances, where we knew serious work had been done in recent years, such as DEI efforts in library publishing, but we didn’t have the space to fully expand on those points in the intro (knowing, too, that additional revisions and/or modules might be needed elsewhere in the curriculum to bolster the introductory work of this new module). They co-wrote in a massive Google doc, reviewed each others’ writing on a monthly basis, provided suggestions and citations when they could help others in the group, and showed up week after week the closer we got to the internal deadline to release the first draft to the LPC community for feedback. The intellectual labor and initiative that this editorial board has delivered has gone beyond anything I’ve witnessed in my publishing career. Each and every member of the group should feel a huge amount of pride for their accomplishments, doubly so for doing all this work and showing up consistently during an on-going pandemic. They made my job as Editor-in-Chief easy, and I am eternally grateful.

This Kudos was submitted by Cheryl E. Ball. 


May 12, 2022

What Do Library-Publisher Relations Look Like in 2022?

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This post is from  the AUPresses Library Relations Committee (Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno, Jason Fikes, Tracy Kellmer, Stephen Hull, Joell Smith-Borne, Saleem Dhamee, and Annie Johnson). The Library Relations Committee’s core commitment is to make contact with library professionals, discussions, and organizations to deepen our understanding of how together librarians and publishers can create a healthy scholarly ecosystem. This post is being concurrently published on the Scholarly Kitchen blog.


By Annie Johnson and Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno

In order to gain greater insight into the state of library-publisher relations today, we asked Executive Director of AUPresses, Peter Berkery, and Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries, Mary Lee Kennedy, to share their thoughts about how relations between the two communities have changed. Their answers ultimately reveal more similarities than differences. They note current sites of collaborations (particularly around open access) and common areas of tension (around financial sustainability). While there has been a refiguring of what publishing means, both groups have a heightened dedication to a just and equitable scholarly environment. We hope these interviews can continue the dialogue that librarians and publishers are having across and within our communities.

Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL

What do library-publisher relations mean to you?

ARL and AUPresses have worked together for years on both TOME (Toward an Open Access Monograph Ecosystem), and P+L, and the community of libraries and university presses that share a reporting relationship. This has given ARL and its membership a close relationship with the university press community and has led to a focus within our Scholars and Scholarship portfolio on university-based publishing. “Publisher” is a broad category encompassing many shapes, financial structures, and interests, so we’ll make some very broad observations about the environment as well as our own work.

Our interest in university presses, scholar-led presses, and library publishing is deliberate — reflecting what we see as a set of strategic opportunities for universities to invest in infrastructure for scholarly dissemination. This is particularly true for the social sciences and humanities, which still depend on long-form publishing for disciplinary and career advancement. It is also true for new and emerging forms of digital scholarship, including digital humanities, preprint services, and new forms of information such as code, methods, and research data publishing.

ARL views the research environment as an ecosystem, in which there are critical roles for scholars, publishers, and libraries. Our mission is to advance both enduring and barrier-free access to information within that ecosystem, and we seek to advance a shared commitment to financial sustainability, research integrity, equity, accessibility and diversity in publishing for the benefit of current and future generations of scholars. In practice, this has meant a commitment to open scholarship and a balanced copyright regime.

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Library Publishing Coalition Quarterly Update
April 26, 2022

LPC Quarterly Update

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Check out our latest Quarterly Update! It includes:

  • Community News
    • New Board Members
    • BIPOC Library Publishers Virtual Meetup
    • LPC Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing
  • Library Publishing Forum
    • Registration open and schedule available
  • LPC Research
    • Library Publishing Workflows Documentation and Reflection Tools Released

Read the Update


Library Publishing Workflows. Educopia Institute. Library Publishing Coalition. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
April 21, 2022

Adapting to Employee Turnover

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post in our Library Publishing Workflow Evolution series, featuring reflections from our Library Publishing Workflows partners on how journal publishing workflows at their libraries have evolved over time. You can see the full documentation on the Library Publishing Workflows page.


By Jason Colman, writing about his experiences at the University of Michigan Library

In my previous blog post for the LPW project, I mentioned that Michigan Publishing was starting the process of migrating our 40 or so open access journals from our old platform, DLXS, to Janeway. I suggested checking back with me to see if the pain we were experiencing in 2020 had been relieved in 2022. (Was I only talking about workflows there? Not sure.) I’m sure the whole library publishing community has been on tenterhooks waiting for an update, so how are things going at Michigan?

quote from Jason Colman: I’ve discovered that I’m only able to help my team adapt to the temporary absence of a colleague if the workflow that position is responsible for managing is documented very clearly. Like all library publishers, we’ll never have enough redundancy on our teams for this not to be true.

I’m happy to report that about 25 of our journals are now publishing their new issues on Janeway, thanks to the efforts of our editors, production crew, conversion vendor, and developers at Michigan and Janeway. As we were approaching the halfway mark, some other happy news happened that cast a bright spotlight on the importance of workflow documentation: Digital Publishing Coordinator (and my partner on the LPW project at Michigan), Joseph Muller, landed a great new job working for Janeway at the Birkbeck Centre for Technology and Publishing. Suddenly, our original Janeway expert was leaving the team.

It’s never easy to lose a hard-working colleague like Joe, but we were incredibly lucky that he had followed the lessons of the LPW project and created excellent process documentation for publishing our journals on Janeway that the rest of the production team were already using actively every day. Now, six months after Joe’s departure, we have a new Digital Publishing Coordinator hired. She’s learning her job in large part from the documentation he started, and that the team has been refining ever since.

Without a doubt, colleagues at our library publishing operations will (and should!) move on to new opportunities when it makes sense for them to. This is even more true now, I think, with so many interesting roles popping up in the community. I’ve discovered that I’m only able to help my team adapt to the temporary absence of a colleague if the workflow that position is responsible for managing is documented very clearly. Like all library publishers, we’ll never have enough redundancy on our teams for this not to be true.

So, if I’ve learned anything as a manager going through this process, it’s that the best time to write workflow documentation is before you desperately need it, because you will desperately need it.


April 20, 2022

Announcing the winners of the 2022 Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing

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As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) gives an annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing. The award recognizes significant and timely contributions to library publishing theory and practice. 

The LPC Research Committee is delighted to announce that this year’s award recipients are Rebecca Nelson and Becky Thoms, for their article “The practical and the aspirational: Managing the student employee experience in library publishing efforts.” The committee was impressed by the article’s discussion of approaches to managing student work to improve both the experience of students and the quality of their work, and they felt it had applicability to a wide variety of library publishing programs that use both undergraduate and graduate student employees.

Nelson, R. & Thoms, B. (2021) “The practical and the aspirational: Managing the student employee experience in library publishing efforts”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 9(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/jlsc.12913 

The authors will be formally recognized at the Library Publishing Forum and will receive a cash award of $250 and travel support for one author to attend the Forum (one complimentary registration and a $500 travel stipend).

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Nelson and Becky Thoms, as well as all the other nominees on their valuable contributions to our shared body of knowledge.


April 14, 2022

Kudos to the 2021-2022 Professional Development Committee!

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The Kudos program recognizes impactful work done by community members on behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition community.

This Kudos recognizes members of the 2021-2022 Professional Development Committee for their excellent work on Documentation Month and the Peer Mentorship program:

Congratulations to the Professional Development Committee for another successful Documentation Month and the successful launch of this year’s Peer Mentorship program. Neither program is an easy lift, but the committee continues to provide meaningful workshops, documentation, support, and connection to the LPC community. Thank you for all your hard work, especially in a year where everyone is extremely busy outside of LPC work and committee membership continues to shrink.

This Kudos was submitted by Jessica Kirschner. 


April 7, 2022

Kudos to the 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee!

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The Kudos program recognizes impactful work done by community members on behalf of the Library Publishing Coalition community.

This Kudos recognizes members of the 2021-2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for their excellent work on updates to the Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice and organizing this year’s anti-racism community call:

Many thanks to the members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (including Isabel Espinal, Harrison Inefuku, Yumi Ohira, and Angel Peterson) for their tireless efforts to keep our community focused on the crucial work of dismantling systems of oppression in our organization, our community, and our field. Their recent release of an updated snapshot of the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice and hosting of an Anti-Racism Community Call offered an opportunity for the entire LPC community to stay up to date on this work and to participate directly in shaping it. This small committee has a big charge: balancing its own projects with a wider leadership role that embeds the work of inclusion and anti-oppression throughout the LPC. Kudos to the five members for their recent and very visible progress!

This Kudos was submitted by Melanie Schlosser. 


April 5, 2022

BIPOC Library Publishing Virtual Meetup

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The Library Publishing Coalition invites Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) library publishing BIPOC workers or BIPOC interested in library publishing to a virtual meetup. This call will be a BIPOC-only space to build community and network, and will be hosted by Harrison Inefuku and Isabel Espinal on behalf of LPC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Community building and supporting BIPOC library publishing workers are major initiatives of the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice. The Library Publishing Coalition is committed to supporting BIPOC library publishing workers and welcoming more BIPOC into the library publishing field. 

When: Wednesday, May 4th, 2022, 3-4:00 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

How to register: Fill out the brief registration form. Call-in information will be sent out before the call. 

Code of conduct
All LPC events are subject to LPC’s Code of Conduct, which aims to create a harassment-free community for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. See the full Code of Conduct

For more information, email contact@librarypublishing.org


March 9, 2022

Announcing the new LPC Board members and Bylaws Update Approval

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Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s LPC election. We know that things like this can seem small and insignificant in our busy schedules, but submitting a ballot ensures that the LPC can continue functioning smoothly to support library publishers like you!

LPC Board Election Results
Thank you to everyone who ran for the LPC Board this year. The incoming Board members, with terms running from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025, are:

  • Perry Collins, University of Florida
  • Kevin Hawkins, University of North Texas
  • Amanda Hurford, PALNI
  • Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois Chicago

They will join the returning Board members:

  • Emma Molls, University of Minnesota, emolls@umn.edu (2020-2023), President
  • Christine Fruin, Atla, cfruin@atla.com (Ex officio Past President)
  • Justin Gonder, California Digital Library, justin.gonder@ucop.edu (2021-2024)
  • Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University, kirschnerj2@vcu.edu (2020-2023)
  • Ally Laird, Penn State University, alaird@psu.edu (2020-2023)
  • Willa Tavernier, Indiana University, wtavern@iu.edu (2021-2024)
  • Melanie Schlosser, Educopia Institute, melanie@educopia.org (Ex officio Community Facilitator)

The Library Publishing Coalition Board oversees the governance, organizational structure, Bylaws, and the review and direction of the membership of the Library Publishing Coalition. As your elected representatives, you are welcome to contact them at any time with questions, comments, or suggestions for LPC.

LPC Bylaws Update
This year’s election was especially important as we worked to update the LPC Bylaws to ensure they are in accordance with our current organization, activities, and values in practice. The Bylaws are our organizational governance document, outlining what the organization is and how it is run. While the Board reviews the document annually, proposed changes accumulate until they reach a significant quantity or bear a significant impact on the daily activities of the organization. The LPC Bylaws were last updated in May 2017.

Thanks to everyone who voted, we surpassed the required 75% threshold of member institutions voting in favor. Thus, the proposed changes are approved and have gone into effect. You can find the new bylaws on the LPC Website’s About page.


Library Publishing Workflows. Educopia Institute. Library Publishing Coalition. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
March 2, 2022

Workflow for One

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post in our Library Publishing Workflow Evolution series, featuring reflections from our Library Publishing Workflows partners on how journal publishing workflows at their libraries have evolved over time. You can see the full documentation on the Library Publishing Workflows page.


By Michelle Wilson, writing about her experiences at Columbia University Libraries

Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship division publishes around thirty open access journal titles. We publish in a variety of disciplines (including medicine, law, history, bioethics, musicology) and support both faculty and student-led projects. Our program has been around for over a decade and, like many, has undergone a variety of changes in administration, staffing, and mission. At present, that mission, the day to day work, and the workflows we employ are set by me, as the sole staff member who works on journals at our library. But the program wasn’t always a one-woman show, and the shape of our workflow today has been influenced by the systems that came before and my experiences of stepping into a program in transition when I was hired in 2018. 

Before there was a Digital Scholarship division at Columbia University Libraries, there was the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS). Part of a system of four “Digital Centers” on campus, CDRS was the development and publishing hub, the endpoint for the dissemination of research in a constellation that included Digital Science, Digital Social Science, and Digital Humanities centers. Around 2016, the digital centers were dissolved and the services they had provided were transferred to a new Digital Scholarship unit under the auspices of the University Libraries. 

A diverse project portfolio with bespoke services

CDRS was collaborative and experimented widely. The Digital Scholarship division now manages a wide array of projects developed during the CDRS era, including digital companions to books published by our university press, a bibliographic encyclopedia of female film production pioneers, and a digital commentary on Dante’s Divine Comedy. CDRS also pioneered the open access journals program at Columbia, which came under my (nearly sole) purview when I was hired as the Digital Publishing Librarian. 

Reflecting the same spirit of experimentation that led to a diverse project portfolio, the journals program I inherited utilized a variety of levels of service and publishing technologies. Most journals were published on WordPress, with a few using OJS as a submissions platform, and one journal fully utilizing OJS as an editorial and publishing software. Journals had varying levels of autonomy or reliance on the program. Most were required to meet only once a year with the journals project manager, while one medical journal was a clear standout in receiving extensive custom development, vendor services and production management, APC processing, and consultation. This particular medical journal was the flagship for the program but, although it was undoubtedly a success in library publishing, the attention and time it required meant that everyone else was lagging behind. 

Quote from Michelle Wilson: Looking at the workflow diagram that emerged from the LPW project, I see a reflection of some of the tension I feel in running a program whose operations are overseen end to end by one person while wanting to provide for individualization. Program management has become a careful balancing act, melding standardization and systemization with a personal touch that would permit journals to exercise freedom with regard to their community building, decision making, and editorial processes.

I really struggled to find my footing within this landscape, where there was so much variation in terms of partner expectations as well as infrastructure management. CDRS had a dedicated staff of developers, project managers, and media production specialists overseeing the development of digital projects. Under the new organization, the developers and project managers were absorbed into centralized IT and digital project management units at the Libraries. This meant that I had to compete with other programs for developer time and be strategic and sparing in choosing the softwares I could support. Even having only two publishing softwares used in different combinations made it challenging to respond to development requests, provide technical support, and train partners. The demands of one journal meant that a hands-off approach needed to be taken with most of the other partners, and that left them vulnerable to inculcating poor practice or, especially in the case of fledgling projects and student-led efforts, frustration and lack of momentum that often ended in the folding of the publication. To address these twin pressure points—concern about labor and workload as well as praxis and equity in distributing library services—I decided to heavily standardize the program.

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February 23, 2022

Reporting racist behavior by other organizations

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In the spring of 2021, the LPC Board developed and approved a process for responding to racist behavior by other organizations in the field of librarianship and publishing. This process was created after being identified as an action item by the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice. It is the hope of the Board that all organizations across libraries and publishing remain vigilant and vocal against racism and work to enact the expressed values of diversity and inclusion.

The process will include the following steps:

  1. Identification: An LPC community member identifies racist (or other discriminatory or oppressive) behavior by another organization in the field.
  2. Reporting: The community member reports racist activity or behavior by using the LPC Board contact form.
  3. Deliberation: LPC staff forwards the concern to LPC Board and DEI Committee for joint discussion.
  4. Recommendation: DEI Committee makes recommendation to the Board.
  5. Decision: LPC Board decides how to respond to the incident. This will usually involve following the recommendation of the DEI Committee.
  6. Action: LPC Board carries out agreed-upon action.
  7. Communication: LPC Board reports back to the DEI committee, the community member who raised the concern if contact information is provided, and the LPC community as appropriate.