October 4, 2021

Program and Call for Proposals

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Library Publishing Forum! After the success of our Virtual Forums in 2020 and 2021, we are thrilled to offer both in-person and online options this year, with a virtual preconference the week of May 16, 2022, followed by the in-person Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 25–26, 2022

Proposal submissions for both the virtual preconference and the in-person Forum are welcome from LPC members and nonmembers, including library employees, university press employees, scholars, students, and other scholarly communication and publishing professionals. We welcome proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs.

We are committed to expanding the diversity of perspectives we hear from at the Library Publishing Forum. Working towards some of the “Continuing Initiatives” from the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice, this year we ask all proposals to explicitly address how they are inclusive of multiple perspectives, address DEI, or incorporate anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches. We also encourage speakers to provide us with information about themselves that will assist us in identifying proposals that balance geography, identity, and representation, especially from marginalized groups. Presentations about specific communities should include members of that community in their speaker list, and for sessions with multiple speakers, we seek to avoid all-white and all-male panels. Everyone submitting a presentation will also have an opportunity to complete a brief, anonymous demographic survey so we can better understand who is submitting proposals to LPF.

About the Forum

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in or considering publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum includes representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works, including publishing vendors, university presses, and scholars. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend.

Some categories for which we hope to receive proposals for this year’s forum include, but are not limited to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), university presses, society and association partnerships, funding models, copyright, open access publishing, intersections of library publishing with broader social issues, and Open Educational Resources (OER).

We invite proposals for both our virtual pre-conference and the in-person Library Publishing Forum. Please review the event and session format descriptions carefully to determine which best fits your proposal.

Virtual Preconference

The virtual preconference will take place entirely online the week of May 16, 2022 (days TBD, most likely one to two afternoons). Session types include:

Full Sessions

These online sessions are 60 minutes long, including time for Q&A, and are delivered synchronously to an online audience. 

Full sessions must involve presenters from more than one institution or include significant interactive elements to effectively engage a large online audience. Examples of interactive elements include polling, chat discussion, or guiding attendees through independent activities. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format. If more than one proposal comes in for similar topics, the committee may put you in touch with the other session presenters and encourage you to collaborate on a single session. If you have a product or platform you would like to share, please consider a Lightning Presentation instead.

Individual Presentations 

These online sessions are 15 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A. Presenters will be asked to prerecord their presentations, which will be streamed for the scheduled time. Presenters attend the scheduled session and will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience during a synchronous Q&A session following the presentation.

Individual presentations are appropriate for one to two presenters on a single topic. These may be project updates, research reports, or new ideas. 

Lightning Presentations

These online sessions are 2–3 minutes, with additional time for Q&A. Presenters will be asked to prerecord their presentation, which will be streamed for the scheduled time. Presenters attend the scheduled session and will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience during a synchronous Q&A session following lightning presentations.

Lightning presentations are an opportunity to share and describe a poster or brief slide deck. These sessions work well for visual content, brief concepts, and product or platform updates.

In-Person Library Publishing Forum

The Library Publishing Forum will be taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 25 and 26, 2022, and we expect all sessions to be presented in person. Session types include:

Full Sessions 

These sessions are 60 minutes long, including time for Q&A.

Full sessions must involve presenters from more than one institution or include significant interactive elements to effectively engage an in-person audience. This could mean group discussion, guiding attendees through group or independent activities, or hands-on demonstration. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format (speaker presentations, roundtable discussion, workshop, working session, etc.).  If more than one proposal comes in for similar topics, the committee may put you in touch with the other session presenters and encourage you to collaborate on a single session. If you have a product or platform you would like to share, please consider a Poster Presentation instead.

Individual Presentations 

These sessions are 15 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A. 

Individual presentations are appropriate for one to two presenters on a single topic. These may be project updates, research reports, or new ideas. 

Poster Presentations 

These sessions include a 90-second pitch and a one-hour viewing session. 

Poster presentations are best suited to visual content, concept ideas, and for presenters who want the chance to get individual feedback from attendees. Presenters will have an opportunity to provide a live 90-second pitch to invite attendees to visit their poster during the designated viewing session.

Proposal Information

Whether you are submitting for the virtual preconference or the in-person Forum, all proposals must include

  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Session title (and a brief social-media-friendly title)
  • Proposal format (Full, Individual, Lightning, Poster)
  • Abstract (300 word max.)
  • Information on any interactive components of the session activities, if applicable
  • Learning objectives
  • 2–3 keywords/tags that represent the theme of your presentation and/or intended audience
  • An explanation of how the proposal is inclusive of multiple perspectives; addresses diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; or incorporates anti-racist or anti-oppressive approaches, topics or presentation techniques. Diversity encompasses many dimensions such as racial identities, ethnic identities, languages, geographic locations, ages, people with disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and lived experiences. 

Feedback from previous years indicates that sessions incorporating the following are particularly well received:

  • Interactive sessions with plenty of time for questions and contributions
  • Case studies with timelines, costs and metrics for success
  • New initiatives, partnerships, or research
  • Sharing of best practices 
  • Examples of library publishers working together to tackle challenges at scale
  • Exploring the role of library publishing in the bigger context of scholarly communication
  • Collaborations with on-campus, local and international partners

How to Submit

Submit proposals using the web form.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2021
Acceptance Notification: January 2022

Criteria for Selection

The LPC Program Committee will review and accept proposals based on

  • relevance to the audience
  • originality of the topic
  • clarity of description
  • potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation
  • consideration of how the proposed session contributes to a diverse and inclusive Forum
  • ensuring we provide opportunities on the program for as many voices as possible

Recognizing that library publishing has a unique opportunity to amplify marginalized voices in scholarly communication, the Committee will strive to select proposals that represent a variety of perspectives in all sessions, with racial and gender diversity being an integral part of that variety. 


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April 8, 2021

Invited Plenary: No More Apologies: LIS Publishing Reimagined

Day/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 12:00 PM to 1 PM

Speaker list

  • Megdi Abebe (she/her)
  • Joyce Gabiola (they/m)
  • Sofia Leung (she/her)
  • Kristina Santiago (she/her/ella)


Reflecting on their own experiences with publishing and the production of knowledge within academic spaces, the editors of up//root reimagined a publishing experience that intentionally centers the research, meditations and creative works by, for, and of BIPOC, as well as a publishing environment that prioritizes well-being. up//root, a We Here publication, encourages disruption and experimentation.

April 8, 2021

Invited Plenary: Interweaving the golden threads into a publishing service

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 12:00 PM to 1 PM

Moderator: Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town, South Africa


  • Jill Claassen, University of Cape Town – talk about rationale
  • Omo Oaiya, West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) – Nigeria – challenges of hosting the platform
  • Caroline Ncube, University of Cape Town – researcher speaking on copyright negotiation
  • Anna Leonard – University of Namibia


University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries, in rolling-out a library publishing service, adopted the underpinning philosophy of LIBSENSE (the Libraries Support for Embedding NRENs Services and e-Infrastructure). The LIBSENSE initiative brings together the research and education networks (RENs, that is, the information technology experts), the researchers and academic library communities to collaboratively build sustainable and relevant approaches for open access in Africa.

UCT Library, a late comer to the OA movement, began its publishing programme in 2016. The expertise gained over a short period gave the Library the confidence to expand its service and  developed the continental platform. The expansion of the service was in alignment with the Library’s commitment to advancing a social justice agenda. The IT experts developed the tenant model for the continental platform. This model supports participating institutions retain their individual identity. Having developed the infrastructure, the next step was to solicit content to populate the platform. Researchers were trained on editorial processes to conceptualise and create a journal, completing the circle.

This plenary session will be a conversation among relevant stakeholders who share their experiences with regard to the continental platform. UCT Libraries will share the rationale for the creation of the platform: the drivers behind the concept. Researchers have responded to the COVID pandemic by flocking in to publish their books, textbooks and journals. A researcher will share a significant break-through by publishing a book with a commercial publisher but negotiated with the publisher to have the book published on the platform via open access – this is a major breakthrough for South Africa’s copyright legislation. One of the early adopters of the platform was the University of Namibia, a university in a neighbouring country. There is a great deal of optimism to have this pan African platform hosted by one of the major NRENs (WACREN). The challenges associated with hosting this platform will be shared by the NREN.

The success of the growth of the continental platform is dependent on weaving the three golden threads into the service. This conversation will tease out the strong collaborative relation between these three critical stakeholders with the hoped domino effect of accelerating the research growth of the continent.

April 2, 2021

Keynote: Opening minds to open infrastructure

Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 12:00 PM to 1 PM

Keynote Speaker: Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney

Bio: Kaitlin Thaney is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a non-profit initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for the open technologies and systems that research relies on.

She previously served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.

Description: This past year has shown us the increased need and demand for investments in openness across all areas of research and scholarshipfrom content and data to the underlying systems that make those discoveries available and accessible to the world. Invest in Open Infrastructure is an initiative dedicated to improving the funding and resourcing for those underlying technologies and systems. This talk will speak to some of the critical issues and questions surrounding the infrastructure underpinning open knowledge, and discuss the work that lies ahead as a community.

April 2, 2021

Keynote: Inequity in scholarly communication: Engaging societies and their researchers in a new sustainable future

Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 12:00 PM to 1 PM

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Westbrooks

Elaine Westbrooks

Bio: Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which includes 9 libraries with approximately 300 librarians, archivists, and staff.

Westbrooks is a member of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee of Triangle Research Libraries Network, the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors.  She co-edited Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. Because of Westbrooks expertise and leadership in scholarly communications and the crisis of academic publishing, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including VoxInside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Westbrooks has also emerged as a leading thinker on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries.  She has presented her research at the Digital Library Federation, Coalition for Networked Information, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Description: An unsustainable system of scholarly publishing—one marked by cost escalation, opaque licensing, and inadequate infrastructure—means that academic libraries are can no longer access or acquire the extensive journal subscriptions that researchers want. A recent trend to break big deals has focused on the Big publishers. However, little attention has been paid to the role that societies have played in sustaining this system. Westbrooks will talk about how librarians and researchers might work together to disrupt a system that no longer serves any of us. She will also outline the steps needed for libraries and societies to realize a new business model and engagement plan.

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr4b

Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

An Update from the DOAJ and the LPC Community Relationship


  • David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Emma Molls, University of Minnesota
  • Judith Barnsby, DOAJ


In 2017/2018 the LPC convened a task force of members to work on community relationships and training to support journal indexing in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Recently, former members of the LPC DOAJ task force have continued to serve as community liaisons as editors and associate editors of the DOAJ. In late 2020, the DOAJ also transitioned to a new website, as well as an updated web application form for editors to submit their journals for DOAJ indexing.

Since the end of the work of the DOAJ LPC Task Force in 2018, the DOAJ now includes more than twice the number of LPC member journals as it did prior to the Task Force’s work. But are there still barriers? And how can we continue to help members to overcome these? How can LPC member institutions and their journals learn more about the DOAJ application process? What resources are available for LPC members to learn how to prepare their journals for the DOAJ’s application process? How can the LPC leverage its relationship with the DOAJ through its members who serve as editors and associate editors?

This session will provide an overview of key changes to the DOAJ application form and what this means for library publishers and journal editors. Attendees will hear directly from representatives of the DOAJ as well as LPC members who actively volunteer as editors and associate editors from their perspectives as both DOAJ editors and library publishers.

Developing a library-press partnership through team teaching a course in journal publishing


  • Jeanne Pavy, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of New Orleans Library
  • Abram Himelstein, Editor-in-Chief, University of New Orleans Press


In spring of 2019 the University of New Orleans campus administration decided to move the university press into the library, both physically and administratively.  This “arranged marriage” was approached by the affected parties with excitement and goodwill but also with some anxiety about how, exactly, the marriage would work.

We propose to share our initial steps toward collaboration and mutual understanding as a kind of case study in library-press partnership development.  We will relate how we identified areas of shared interest and complementary expertise, and decided to launch our first real shared project: developing and delivering a team-taught course on journal publishing for the Spring 2021 semester. We will be wrapping up the first iteration of the course and sharing successes, pitfalls and products from this experience, including drafts of final products and student responses.

As part of a smaller-sized regional research university, with minimal staff on both sides, the human capacity of both parties is our most precious commodity.  We believe that our story will be especially relevant to scholarly communications librarians and university press staff at under-resourced institutions who are seeking to strengthen their respective publishing services through mutually beneficial partnerships, even without a formal structural arrangement.

Case Study: Publishing Multilingual Open Access International Peer Reviewed Journals


  • Jill Krefft, Florida International University


Florida International University (FIU) is an urban, multi-campus public research university uniquely positioned to support its mission of “collaborative engagement with our local and global communities”. Located in Miami, FL, also known as the Gateway to the Americas, FIU is the top institution in the U.S. in enrolling and graduating Hispanic students with bachelor’s degrees and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

FIU Libraries works closely with faculty and Latin American partners to support and publish several multilingual journals in support of our institutional mission. This presentation will share case studies from two open access peer reviewed journals hosted by FIU Libraries: Leer, Escribir Y Describrir, a publication of Comité Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo de la Lectura y Escritura: and the forthcoming American Journal of Non-Communicable Diseases a publication of America’s Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance. This presentation will share the complexities, challenges and lessons learned working with multilingual editorial boards and authors distributed throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr4a

Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

(Re)defining a library’s journal hosting service: higher expectations, improved support


  • Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries
  • Priscilla Carmini, University of Toronto Libraries


In 2019, the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) set out to examine its eligibility and support criteria for hosted journals and align them with the library’s Open Access Support criteria and with best practices in scholarly publishing. While the revised requirements intended to improve access and quality of hosted journals, we questioned whether we were providing enough support for our journals to implement best practices in their workflows. In order to better understand the needs of our journals, we launched a survey in August 2020. The survey aimed to understand how we could improve our existing services and to solicit feedback for new possible services and resources. In this presentation we will go over the cross-campus process of aligning the journal hosting service with the UTL goals for improving open access support and best practices in scholarly publishing. We will also discuss the results of our journal survey and the changes we implemented to support our journals in adhering to best practices and surviving through the turbulent times.

Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship


  • Jonathan Greenberg, NYU Libraries
  • Karen Hanson, Portico


Scholars are making extensive use of new digital technologies to express their research. Publishers, in turn, are working to support increasingly complex publications that are not easily represented in print. Examples include publications with embedded visualizations, multimedia, data, complex interactive features, maps, annotations, or that depend on third-party platforms or APIs, such as YouTube or Google Maps. These publications present formidable challenges for long-term preservation.

To study this challenge, a group of digital preservation institutions, libraries, and university presses worked together on an Andrew W. Mellon funded project led by New York University Libraries. With a focus on open access ebooks, the goals of the project were to:

  1. examine a variety of works to identify which enhanced features can be preserved at scale using tools currently available
  2. combine the findings with the knowledge and research of experts in preservation, publishing, and copyright to produce a set of guidelines and best practices. The guidelines aim to provide advice to publishers and authors for creating ebooks that are more likely to be preservable, or at least ensure that the implications of adding certain features are clear so that alternative paths can be taken when possible.

The first phase of the project focused on EPUB3 ebooks that include a variety of multimedia and supplementary material. The second phase looked at a number of web-based publisher platforms that support enhanced features such as annotations, embedded multimedia and visualizations, and other supplemental material. The final phase featured much more complex dynamic works that depend on large datasets or whose platform and presentation are an integral feature of the work.

The presentation will showcase some examples of these works and discuss the corresponding guidelines and best practices for improving their preservability.

Growing a sustainable publishing technology service for libraries


  • Bart Kawula, Scholars Portal
  • Kaitlin Newson, Scholars Portal


Scholars Portal hosts publishing software for 12 academic library publishers across Ontario. As our service has grown, we’ve faced a number of challenges around scaling the service across multiple institutions, managing code customizations, coordinating upgrades, and ensuring that libraries get the most value from the service while maintaining a manageable workload for our team. In this session we’ll provide an overview of our hosting services, talk about our processes for managing updates, and discuss lessons we’ve learned as the service has grown. Ways in which we are working to improve upgrade processes and support other technical aspects of library publishing, such as preservation, DOIs, analytics, and privacy, will also be discussed. Attendees will learn about the technical aspects of library publishing, ways to expand and improve publishing infrastructure, and some practical ways to contribute back to community-owned infrastructure regardless of your level of technical expertise.

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr2

Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Measuring Impact: Reflecting on University of Michigan Press’ COVID-19 Response


  • Emma DiPasquale, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library


In response to the request of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) for “creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities,” the University of Michigan Press, a division of the University of Michigan Library, made all 1,150+ titles in the University of Michigan Press Ebook Collection (UMP EBC) free-to-read from March 20 – August 31, 2020. Immediately after making the collection free-to-read, we designed several surveys in Qualtrics and implemented them to obtain qualitative feedback from libraries, authors, and readers as part of a strategy to gather as many different kinds of impact and engagement information as possible. We were able to gauge engagement through various other metrics, such as our readership map, Google Analytics reports, Altmetrics and Dimension reports, COUNTER reports, and an IP registry analysis. Through these metrics, it was made clear that UMP content was more widely used since free-to-read access began. As free-to-read and fully open access models are a growing norm for the Press, this information helped us shape our plans in terms of implementing different access models in such a way that reflects the feedback of our community of libraries and authors. This presentation serves as a reflection of UMP’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the tools we used to measure impact and engagement, what UMP learned from conversations with our library community, and how this information is helping to shape UMP’s strategy going forward.

Changing a Library Publishing Program: How the USF Library was able to affectively scale-down library publishing services in the wake of COVID-19


  • Jason Boczar, University of South Florida


The University of South Florida (USF) Libraries publishes over 20 open access journals. The library began publishing journals in 2008. In that time, there have been various agreements made with journal editors regarding the support the library would offer, such as: journal layouts, technical support, DOI registration, etc. Every journal has a separate requirement as defined in their respective MOUs. Over time this has created a complex web of services that the library has to deliver for these open access journals.

With the challenges of COVID in 2020, the USF Libraries made a decision to move some staffing from the scholarly publishing area into other departments in the library. In doing so, a new streamlining of services offered by the library was necessary. By looking at the various services offered, the library made distinctions on services the library must offer and what services would now be the responsibility of the journal editors.

This presentation will discuss how the journal publishing unit in the library worked with editors to ensure a smooth transition. It will also discuss how decisions were made on what services would be offered by the library. Potential impacts will be discussed as well as the long-term goals of the publishing unit in the USF Libraries.

Learnings from Our First Virtual Book Launch


  • Laurie Taylor, Senior Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies, University of Florida
  • Perry Collins, Copyright & OER Librarian, University of Florida
  • Chelsea Johnston, Scholarly Publishing & Repository Librarian, University of Florida
  • Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, LibraryPress@UF Designer and Coordinator, University of Florida


In March 2020, the LibraryPress@UF published the story of a global disease: My Scrapbook of My Illness with Polio. The book tells the story of polio, an infectious disease caused by a virus, which became epidemic in the United States in the early to mid-20th century. Recounted in the form of a journal, this book makes the story of polio come alive, showing how Americans in the 1940s understood and treated polio.

The LibraryPress@UF acquired this book because of its interesting form and relevance to medical humanities, Florida history, and ability to tell a story of why vaccines and science are so important in addressing diseases and epidemics. We had started promotion in early March, and because of the book’s particularly close ties to communities in Florida, we knew it was ideal for an in-person launch party. When we had to change plans to virtual, we drew on our community connections to support outreach for a successful event, including a process for mailing a printed, signed bookplate in lieu of in-person book signing.

In this presentation, we will:

  • Discuss our standard promotional elements and considerations for books (e.g., posters in the libraries, bookmarks, social media, and other activities like textual or video Q&A with the author or creator/s).
  • Discuss specifics for this book, including our first virtual book launch, complete with support for a signed, printed bookplate to complement print-on-demand book copies.
  • Share templates for bookplates, and invite participants to discuss methods for signed copies in remote and virtual environments.
  • We share how we acted as whole workers and activated our personal community connections to promote the virtual book launch, resulting in front-page coverage on a local newspaper. We conclude by explaining how this work informs our overall best practices for promotion and outreach, including for cross-collaborations.

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr1

Day/Time: Friday, May 14, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

How to cooperate with Sci-Hub and Libgen (if at all) ?


  • Mikael Böök, IFLA (personal affiliate)


The Sci-Hub service and the Libgen repository are two widely used ‘shadow libraries’ (Karaganis  2018) that provide open access to millions of research articles and books. As the epithet ‘shadow libraries’ suggests, they are controversial. Most articles and books are pirated and re-published online in violation of applicable copyright. This has led to a high-profile lawsuit and even to suspicions of theft of state secrets (Washington Post, Dec 20, 2019). However, their continuing existence and growth alongside the officially sanctioned  OA-movement is a fact, and many (most?) scholars and researchers evidently need  them (Bohannon 2016) Hence the librarians find themselves caught between pirates and publishers (The Chronicle, Feb 18, 2016).

This talk wants to start a thought experiment. Suppose that the libraries and the ‘shadow libraries’ are both acting under the Mertonian institutional imperatives of science (Merton 1942, 1967) and working towards the same goal,  a universal research library and scientific commons. Should they not then both understand that ‘if you can’t beat them, join them?’ The aim of this presentation is to list problems and solutions that may follow if this view is adopted.

“Transformative Agreements” & Library Publishing: A Short Examination


  • Dave S. Ghamandi, University of Virginia


Library publishing is continually shaped by the goals of their parent institutions as well as outside organizations, namely the commercial publishing oligopoly. The emergence of “transformative agreements” (“TAs”) represents a new relationship between universities and commercial journal publishers. However, the motivations behind these agreements and the effects they may have on library publishing remain largely unexplored. In this presentation, I will critically examine “TAs” from the perspective of a library publisher and share three major analytical takeaways. First, I will compare how “TAs” and library publishers treat the means of production. Who owns and controls the publishing infrastructure and what effects does that have? Secondly, how do “TAs” and library publishing represent different categories of reform? Lastly, I will discuss how the differences between “TAs” and library publishing highlight and heighten the contradictions within research universities. Hopefully, participants will be able to use this analysis to advocate for library publishing in compelling ways within and across our respective institutions.

March 19, 2021

Panel Th2

Day/Time: Thursday, May 13, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Beyond the “new normal”: a speculative reconsideration of undergraduate publishing


  • Dana Ospina, California State University, Dominguez Hills


Amidst the isolation and uncertainty of COVID-19, many of us fortunate enough to continue to be employed have perceived an expectation, stated or not, to maintain established levels and models of productivity, despite the fact that we and our communities are often struggling to determine how to move forward and continue to adapt to shifting psychic and physical circumstances. While platforms like Zoom provide a way to continue performing many of the procedural aspects of our work, less quantifiable aspects of productivity have receded. I, a solo practitioner developing and managing an emerging, modest library publishing program focused primarily on undergraduate publication, have, like many others, experienced disruptions to processes and productivity. But within these delays and obstacles—and in fact because of them—I have found myself motivated to contemplate a future in which the program I oversee assumes an unorthodox disposition, both in mission and practice, allowing it to extend its reach beyond the boundaries of traditional academic publishing paradigms.

This presentation does not presume to provide answers, but rather begins the work of exploring and sharing possibilities for such a program through the depiction of several speculative scenarios. Employing strategies and models of speculation borrowed from other disciplines (design, fiction, architecture), I propose a notional re-conception of my program which, while continuing support for traditional publication styles and processes, additionally prioritizes incorporating an expanded set of practices. If a speculative mindset offers a means to train one’s perspective away from established norms and expectations and toward the consideration of imaginative ideas and potentialities, I suggest it is a worthwhile exercise to envision a library publishing program that is responsive not only to institutional and academic protocols and expectations, but also to the shifting desires, circumstances, and needs of the community it serves and who sustain its relevance.

Developing Open Access Journals using OJS: Best practices maintaining, promoting, and growing your portfolio of student-run academic journals


  • Gabe Feldstein, Boston College


Since the beginning of the COVID lockdown BC libraries has seen an increased interest in Open Access E-Journals on OJS. Three new journals have joined the platform since the beginning of the lockdown as physical printer and publication workflows have become more uncertain. While many young editorial teams can struggle to establish a journal, focusing on indexation, setting up DOIs, and international growth have helped guide our student journals towards consistently relevant publication in their disciplines.

Additionally, analyzing the usage of the Open Access Publishing Funds available at BC has shown increasing interest in publishing open access in Nursing, Physics, and other hard sciences which are generally less represented by our portfolio. Recently, we have welcomed BC’s Medical Humanities Journal to the electronic platform – further expanding the disciplinary scope of the ejournals hosted by the library. As of now, our 20 journals have been downloaded in over 208 countries, which is a statistic itself that inspires our editorial teams to think very broadly about audiences for their journal not only outside of the BC community but as a part of the international community.

Featuring our student journals in a biannual newsletter has also been a great way to highlight the best practices used by some of our most advanced student journals. This also will preserve these practices across editorial teams transition over the years through graduations. By providing resources and being direct and straightforward about some aspects of what it means for the journal to make progress, we have been able to encourage continued interest in publishing open access.

Adapting Podcasts to a Digital Humanities Practice


  • Corinne Guimont, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Virginia Tech
  • Joe Forte, Digital Humanities Specialist, Virginia Tech


In early 2019, a group of Digital Humanities (DH) librarians at Virginia Tech (VT) created a DH Status Report that examined existing services and departments supporting DH in the Libraries, and made recommendations for growth to fit faculty and student needs. Among others, it identified media production as a potential growth area, specifically the production of audio recordings for podcasts, oral histories, and other multimedia projects.

A key stakeholder in the Libraries’ support for DH at VT is the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), who partners with the Libraries and Virginia Tech Publishing (VTP) in the administration of the Athenaeum, an adaptable suite designed to support digital scholarship and pedagogy in the Library, which includes a small recording studio. Concurrent with the DH Status Report, VTP was hiring an Athenaeum Coordinator. Given the recommendations of the DH report and the needs of CLAHS faculty and students, VTP chose to fill this position with the intention to expand media production capabilities and support.

Beginning in December 2019, the new coordinator prioritized the creation of a podcasting initiative. This meant outfitting the studio with furniture and technology sufficient to address the production needs of the several podcasting teams he was simultaneously guiding thorough development. The idea was to build a community of creators orbiting a physical production space and knowledge base of development resources. However, just as everything was in place and starting to ramp up, we were sent home.

In this presentation, we will detail a case study of the podcasting initiative, including its inception, early achievements, and challenges presented by an unexpected and prolonged period of remote operation. Additionally, we will show how adapting to those circumstances evolved and strengthened the reach and merit of the initiative, as well as providing opportunity to deepen partner relationships.

March 19, 2021

Panel Th1b

Day/Time: Thursday, May 13, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

‘Opening the Future’ – a new funding model for open-access monographs: introducing an innovative approach to publishing OA books through library membership funding


  • Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck (University of London), Open Library of the Humanities, & COPIM
  • Contact info only: Tom Grady,


We outline the work of a university press, with assistance from the COPIM Project (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs), in launching an innovative revenue model to fund open access monographs at a traditional scholarly publisher. Building on library subscription models, we present a sustainable OA publishing model that gives library members access to a highly-regarded backlist, with the revenue then used to make the frontlist openly accessible.

Given the current global library environment and existing budget pressures that have been exacerbated by Covid-19, a consortial model of funding promises a cost-effective solution for OA that means no single institution bears a disproportionate burden.  This model, then, appeals to both those who wish to pay for subscription-access content (more traditional university acquisition models) and those who support OA initiatives. It brings many institutions together under one roof for an affordable route to open-access books.

The potential of Library Publishing Services to transform scholarly communication in Ireland


  • Dr. Johannah Duffy, Marino Institute of Education


Libraries need to move beyond traditional roles of purchasing and distributing scholarly literature, librarians need to strategically position themselves and take ownership of improving access. As a direct result of Covid-19, there is a new level of urgency to transform the scholarly communication process and there are enormous opportunities for an expanded and inclusive library publishing service which addresses access to knowledge and literature.  This rich discussion will stimulate the drive to make library publishing a mainstream service within Irish libraries.

The purpose of this study is to provide a vision for how academic libraries can assume a more central role in a future where open access (OA) publishing has become the predominant model for disseminating scholarly research. This work will analyse existing trends related to Open Access policies and publishing with an emphasis on the development of repositories managed by libraries to publish and disseminate articles. These trends, coupled with emerging economic realities, will create an environment where libraries’ will assume a major role in the Open Access publishing environment. This paper will provide an insight for academic libraries and their institutions to consider a dramatic shift in the deployment of subscription financial resources from a largely closed scholarly communication system to one that provides open, unrestricted access to research.

Given the importance of scholarly publishing, a number of Irish Third level libraries have launched library publishing services including the establishment and management of high quality library published peer-reviewed open access journals to support formal and informal scholarly communication. Librarians are also upskilling in the area of library publishing. A number of Irish Librarians have completed the Library Publishing Coalition’s Library Publishing Curriculum. There is also a newly formed Library Publishing Group as part of the Library Association of Ireland. This study aims to identify and examine the factors of library publishing services that facilitate scholarly communication. The clear message from this discussion is that libraries need to include publishing in their services, advocate for open access and serve their communities and societies.

The Evolving Scholar rethinks the publishing and publication processes


  • Frédérique Belliard, Open publishing (open access) advocate and open scholarly communication lead, TU Delft Library
  • Nicoleta Nastase, Innovation Consultant, TU Delft Open


Open science, combined with new technologies, is triggering innovation within the publishing ecosystem, from infrastructures to research outputs. The process of publishing research outputs is somewhat standard, but a growing number of researchers no longer adhere to the traditional way of publishing. Nowadays, publishing open access is becoming the norm worldwide. Furthermore, open science increases researchers’ visibility by making not only their final publications but their whole work transparent. For its final publication, every researcher has conducted studies that contributed to the final output. It could be literature surveys, experiment failures, developing new methods or generating new ideas, many of which are hidden. Why not bring these research output “by-products” to light? To fill in this gap in the publication journey of the researcher, we launched at TU Delft the open access journal The Evolving Scholar (ThES). It is an initiative of TU Delft OPEN Publishing with Orvium (a CERN spin-off, specialized in accelerating scientific publication for all researchers’ needs). We made ThES a collaborative, interactive and experimental environment for creating new forms of publication and publishing. The publication process managed by the author and the reviewers follows an open peer-review system. While any member (expert or non-expert) of the community can interact with the content by leaving comments, the quality check is done by moderators. We aim that ThES grows with the needs and engagement of its community, whether authors, reviewers, readers or moderators, so it becomes an environment for professional (and personal) development. It’s simple: by deconstructing the publication journey of the researcher, we want to create a path to the reliability of the researchers and trust in science.

March 19, 2021

Panel Th1a

Day/Time: Thursday, May 13, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Library Publishing and Scholarly Bibliographies: A Case Study


  • Ally Laird, Penn State University
  • Angel Peterson, Penn State University


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Open Publishing Program publishes scholarly annotated bibliographies in partnership with units/departments within Penn State and editors across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since early 2020, we have almost doubled our production of bibliographies with both published and in progress projects, bringing our catalog up to twelve publications. We use the Drupal Biblio module to publish these annotated and searchable bibliographies, some of which are used by libraries and organizations around the world. We have learned a lot about scholarly bibliography publishing over the past five years and have used that knowledge to create a bibliography publishing workflow that ensures a timely and thorough process from the initial consultation to the final publication launch. In this session, we wish to highlight some of our bibliographies and discuss the publishing process, including the proposal review by our publishing board, consultations process with the editors, the content review and proofreading process, pain points in content organization and keyword searching, the creation and addition of content to our Drupal bibliography websites, and final publication. The publications we will highlight range in topic from indigenous knowledge for agriculture and rural development; utopian literature in the English language; and memoirs and primary sources documenting Polish Jews fleeing the Soviet Union during World War II. Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of the scholarly bibliography publishing process at Penn State and proposed metrics for success.

Analyzing the content of the publications of the National Library and Archives of Iran and examining the degree of compatibility of their subjects with the approval of the Publishing Council of the organization: a study of books published between 2009-2019


  • Foroozan Rezaeinia, Publishing Expert in National Library and Archives of Iran
  • Somaye sadat Hashemi, Reference Librarian at National Library and Archives of Iran

Description:The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) are a scientific, research, and service providing institution which was established in 1937. The Publishing Institute of the NLAI is one of the affiliated institutions of this organization, which was established in 1990.

Among the duties of publishing are reviewing and approving authorship, translating and publishing printed and manuscript works on Iran and Islam, especially the Islamic Revolution, research resources and library and information sciences, and publishing works compiled by different departments of the NLAI, including bibliographies, researches, and journals.

One of the goals of the organization’s publication is to provide a national model for library and archival publishing through the publication of scientific research resources; planning, ‌ coordinating and creating unity of procedure in the field of publishing activities of the organization; preparing of specialized works in the fields of knowledge and information sciences, ‌archival and documentary studies and researches such as subject headings, classifications, thesauruses, handbooks, sources of oral history, etc.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the content of what the NLAI has published during the years 2009-2019. The number of books published in these years is 64 which will be reviewed by qualitative research method and using checklist. The subject of the book is based on the information of the Iranian National Bibliography.

Data For Good: Open Journals @ Appalachian


  • Agnes Gambill, Appalachian State University


Data journals provide the academic community with high-quality, peer-reviewed datasets, data analyses, and data standards, yet few are in existence compared to the extensive number of traditional scholarly journals. The value of data journals is immense as it provides contributors and researchers with the ability to build upon openly published data sets, something that is integral to robust open science practices.

This presentation will discuss a case study of launching an open access publishing program to support the publication of two new open data journals at Appalachian State University, an R2 institution in the University of North Carolina System. The new initiative is a joint collaboration between Appalachian State University, the University of Arkansas, and SAS Institute. The data journals in question aim to publish articles and associated datasets that support one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This presentation will cover project timelines, costs associated with getting started, legal considerations, data storage options, and using the PubPub platform.

March 19, 2021

Panel We4

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

Choosing Formats for Accessible E-books and E-journals: An EPUB3/HTML5 Case Study


  • Race MoChridhe, Atla


While PDF remains the industry standard for preparing print outputs, changes in publishing technology and in legal frameworks have increased the demand for other formats. Despite widespread acknowledgement of the accessibility and mobile device compatibility advantages of XML- and HTML-based file types over PDF, however, there is little guidance available for library publishers for selecting among these alternatives. Based on Atla Open Press’s recent accessibility self-audit, this session will present key factors to consider in choosing a digital-first publication format—including accessibility compliance, device compatibility, portability, and differing reading cultures across books and journals among the academic disciplines—and share reasoning and results from Atla Open Press’s deployment of EPUB3 and direct HTML5.

Open Access(ibility): Collaborating with Editors to Ensure Accessible Content


  • Josh Cromwell, University of Southern Mississippi


Many library publishing programs rightly laud the value of Open Access in their endeavors, but this largely focuses on paywalls, and paywalls are not the only barrier to access. For example, users with visual impairments may need to rely on screen readers or other tools to utilize a publication, and if the document has not been optimized for these technologies, such readers may still be left out. It is essential that library publishing programs take these users into account when developing their workflows.

In late 2020, our library-led publishing program began the process of reviewing the journals published through our repository to see if all of the publications met accessibility standards. After identifying any needed changes, we began collaborating with editors to identify necessary workflow changes and provide training sessions tailored to each journal depending on its needs. This presentation will highlight the steps we took to identify needed changes, the process for training and remediation thus far, and a discussion of next steps.

March 19, 2021

Panel We1

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 12, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

How DOAJ disseminates metadata from your open access journal to key discovery services worldwide


  • Dom Mitchell, Operations Manager, DOAJ


DOAJ works with all the major discovery services. All article metadata uploaded to DOAJ is available for free. It is collected and disseminated around the world. Why is this important? DOAJ is the world’s most diverse directory of open access journals. We have a long tail of small single journals that represent the true nature of open access publishing globally. Visibility for these journals is key to survival and being in indexed in DOAJ can help with that. This short presentation will show how this is achieved and why this is important.

Save our Search: Ways to improve online journal discoverability


  • Jennifer Kemp, Head of Partnerships at Crossref
  • Brian Cody, Scholastica CEO and Co-founder
Publishing journal articles online is like releasing them into an ocean of content brimming with discovery opportunities — but also some potential perils. To prevent articles from getting lost at sea and increase overall journal visibility in the overcrowded scholarly landscape, publishers must ensure readers can easily find their content when surfing the web and online databases. How can you improve the discoverability of the journals you publish? During this session, Crossref’s Head of Partnerships Jennifer Kemp and Scholastica CEO and Co-founder Brian Cody will discuss:
  • Steps to assess your current article discovery status
  • Tips to enrich your article-level metadata for better indexing outcomes
  • Search engine optimization dos and don’ts

Not a Needle in a Haystack! Increasing Journal Discoverability


  • rachel lee, eScholarship Publishing, California Digital Library


The key goal of open access is the widest dissemination of research, unrestricted by a paywall. Simply making content freely available, however, does not guarantee a broad readership. Ensuring that articles are easily findable should be a necessary component of any OA journal’s long-term sustainability plan. With readers resorting to a small selection of search tools (Google Scholar, JSTOR, Web of Science, library finding aids), what steps must a journal take to ensure that it is ‘in the mix’ for researchers?

On a practical level, building out a discoverability strategy is a significant effort. Under-staffed and thinly-resourced journals may not be able to dedicate additional time to delving into the broader mechanics of discoverability and understanding reader behavior. So what can be done? 

While this session will ask more questions that it answers, its aim is to surface some of the unique challenges of discoverability for OA journals, to suggest some steps to take to increase visibility, and to discuss whether such activities can, or should, be scaled. 

Questions will include: Which are the most important discovery venues? Could these efforts be coordinated and scaled across multiple publishers or journals? Are there technical hurdles that can be overcome with best practices? 

The presentation will offer food for thought as well as practical steps to improving the discoverability of your journal content for researchers. 

March 19, 2021

Panel Tu4b

Day/Time: Tuesday, May 11, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

Migration and More: Moving from DigitalCommons


  • Laura Baird, Systems & Applications Librarian, Pacific University
  • Johanna Meetz, Publishing & Repository Services Librarian, The Ohio State University


Pacific University transitioned from BePress’s DigitalCommons to Ubiquity’s Hyku and publishing platforms between 2018 and 2020. We migrated journals that were published in Digital Commons as well as the content in the institutional repository itself. When the transition was made from DigitalCommons to Ubiquity’s publishing platform, Pacific also reduced the number of journals published from 7 to 3. This presentation will share the entire process of that transition including selection, design decisions, migration, and user adoption. We will discuss the lessons learned, workload commitment, and recommended roles for similar migration projects. We will also share a brief overview of differences between the platforms and how these changes impacted user experiences. As one of the first institutional users of Ubiquity’s Hyku, these experiences may inform future migrations.

After the migration: What editors like (and miss) after moving from bepress to OJS


  • Kristin Hoffmann, University of Western Ontario
  • Emily Carlisle-Johnston, University of Western Ontario


Between 2017 and 2020, librarians at the University of Western Ontario migrated 26 journals from the bepress Digital Commons (DC) platform to PKP’s Open Journals System (OJS) platform. We moved journals to OJS largely because we, and some editors, were concerned about potential implications of Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress in August 2017, but we also expected that OJS would give editors more flexibility and autonomy.

Have editors experienced the benefits we anticipated with OJS? How has their work changed as a result of the move? What new challenges do they face? Our session will draw on a post-migration survey of editors to answer these questions. Because some editorial teams now have several years’ experience working with OJS, while others have only a few months (due to turnover or when they migrated), we will address the learning curve that editors may experience over time as they adjust to a new platform.

We will draw on our experiences working with editors to share what our publishing support looked like with DC and how it has changed since moving to OJS. For example, with DC, bepress staff provided most of the technical and operational support for editorial teams. With OJS, library staff provide more direct support. We will discuss the implications this has had for our work as a library publisher, and how it informs the development of our publishing services.

Sessions at previous LPFs have discussed platform migrations, including migrations from bepress to OJS. Those sessions have focused on the processes involved in migrations. While we will briefly do the same, our presentation will largely emphasize the experiences of journal editors and librarians with the two platforms. This will also inform library publishers who are determining which platform is best for their publishing program, based on their resources and objectives.

A Consortium Approach to Library Publishing Via the Open Journal System and the Texas Digital Library


  • Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston
  • Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library
  • Susan Elkins, Sam Houston State University
  • Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University
  • David Lowe, Texas A&M University
  • Alexa Hight (chair), Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • Laura Heinz, Texas Tech University
  • Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library
  • Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University
  • Laura Waugh, Texas State University
  • Justin White, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Amanda Zerangue, Texas Woman’s University
  • Adrian Shapiro, Texas Woman’s University
  • Alex Suarez, Texas Digital Library
  • N. Woodward, Texas Digital Library


The Texas Digital Library is a collaborative consortium of Texas universities that builds capacity among its membership for ensuring equitable access to and preservation of digital content of value to research, instruction, cultural heritage, and institutional memory.  The Texas Digital Library supports the TDL Electronic Journals, where faculty members, libraries, and universities can produce refereed, open-access scholarly journals, ensuring the availability of important scholarship to researchers across the world. TDL Electronic Journals are powered by Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open-source journal management and publication software produced by the Public Knowledge Project.

In 2019, the TDL OJS User Group was formed.  TDL’s OJS Users Group is comprised of library liaisons for campus journals. The group works to create an active community among TDL’s users of the Open Journal System hosting service in the following ways:

  • By facilitating mutual support among library managers of the OJS hosting service, including the sharing of resources about library publishing policies and good practices to benefit from distributed expertise
  • By facilitating better communication between TDL staff and libraries using this service to identify emerging needs on specific campuses
  • By identifying areas of work that could be undertaken by member-led working groups

The goals for 2019-20 were to:

  • Use monthly meetings to develop knowledge around OJS 3
  • Develop two toolkits for journal managers including decision-making toolkit for prospective journal managers and a toolkit for starting a new journal

The user group benefited by reduced costs through shared IT resources and distributed expertise to better support the creation and management of open access journals.  In this talk we will discuss the function of the user group, as well as the costs and outcomes associated with a consortium approach to library publishing through the OJS system.

March 19, 2021

Panel Tu4a

Day/Time: Tuesday, May 11, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

Taking Open Textbooks Beyond Gen Ed: Building a New OER Publishing Model to Support Career and Vocational Education


  • Robert Hilliker, Rowan University
  • Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College


In renewing the Open Textbook Program grants this past year, the U.S. Department of Education updated their Absolute Priorities to focus on addressing gaps in the “Open Textbook Marketplace.”  This reprioritization reflects the success of initiatives such as OpenStax and the Open Textbook Network in providing for general education courses as a way to maximize the financial impact of their efforts.  Our (now-funded) proposal to create a Community College-led, state-wide Open Textbook Collaborative in New Jersey seeks to fill an important need for Open Textbooks that support Vocational and Career Education programs, reducing the burdens borne, in many cases, by students from historically-disadvantaged groups and providing them with pathways to remunerative career opportunities in growth industries.  In this session, we will discuss our plans to develop a new model for career-oriented Open Textbook publishing based on a library-led collaboration between educational institutions, professional associations, and industry partners.

Scribbling in the Margins of the Scholarly Communication Notebook


  • Maria Bonn, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
  • Josh Bolick, University of Kansas
  • Will Cross, North Carolina State University


Open education presents the opportunity to build participatory pedagogical communities. As DeRosa & Jhangiani (2017) observe, “embedded in [open education’s] social justice commitment to making college affordable for all students is a related belief that knowledge should not be an elite domain. Knowledge consumption and knowledge creation are not separate but parallel processes, as knowledge is co-constructed, contextualized, cumulative, iterative, and recursive.” That same inclusive principle should apply to teaching and learning about publishing.

We are developing an openly-licensed textbook that introduces and engages with issues in scholarly communication, to be released in 2021 by ACRL. As we undertake this work, we are aware that any static text will be hierarchical and limited. To open doors to the multiplicity of approaches and perspectives in the field, as well as reflect the dynamic nature of both open education and scholarly communication, we are developing a companion online community hub: the Scholarly Communication Notebook (SCN).

This session introduces the SCN, an IMLS funded project (LG-36-19-0021-19) aspiring to be the locus for an inclusive community of practice for teaching scholarly communication to emerging librarians. This LPF session will invite participants to bring their expertise to teaching and learning about publishing, with a particular eye to making an inclusive open resource.

We will offer a guided tour of the first version of the SCN and lead discussion about: ways to build a community that is open to and inviting for participants that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship; how the SCN can meet the needs of those scholars and benefit from the expertise of scholarly communication professionals; What is needed to make the SCN what DeRosa and Jhangiani call an “empowering, collaborative, and just architecture for learning”?

Community, Storytelling, and Good Metadata: Marketing Advice for OER Librarians


  • Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa, Pressbooks


Marketing in the open education world requires ethical practices that often conflict with the impulses of many traditional marketers. Installing a zillion cookies to track smartphone use and sending out targeted social media ads might prompt the usage of a product, but that would be unethical and out of place in higher education. Instead, marketers (in this case OER librarians) need to focus their efforts on community building, telling stories, and celebrating the hard work of OER creators. Telling the story of a new OER in a clear, honest, and vibrant way gives potential readers something to connect with and encourages them to share the product within their networks even if they are not directly invested in that book. This method is far more organic than a social media ad, and that honesty shines. In this presentation, Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa will share practical advice about how librarians and other OER practitioners can market OER to increase their adoption and extend their use, thus encouraging the enactment of the 5Rs (retain, remix, revise, reuse, redistribute). Drawing on her experience working with non-profit organizations (Rebus Foundation, Confabulation) and ethical edtech companies (Pressbooks), Leigh will explain key approaches to marketing education products and services in ethical, culturally respectful, and effective ways.

March 19, 2021

Panel Mo4b

Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

Meet Rebus Ink: An open, values-driven research workflow tool for the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


  • Zoe Wake Hyde, Rebus Foundation


Rebus Ink is an open source research workflow tool, designed to support arts, humanities and social science researchers to manage and draw insights from their collected sources. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project team is developing the tool and its supporting structures in line with open values. This includes facilitating open research practices, modelling organisational practices that are central to progressing an open agenda (releasing code with an open license, publishing reports and research findings openly etc.), and engaging with expansive notions of openness, transparency and community engagement to guide our way.

This session will begin by sharing our research into the problems facing researchers as they construct makeshift workflows for their digital and print content, then introduce Rebus Ink tool and its key features. It will then explore the design principles and guiding values for the project as a whole, and detail the ways in which the project team is seeking to contribute to the open ecosystem beyond the tool itself.

This starts with actively pushing against accepted “conventional wisdom” and the reproduction of existing patterns of research behaviour, instead taking a non-hierarchical approach to source collections, and creating output-neutral working spaces that value thinking and reflection as much as a journal article, book chapter or podcast script. It is furthered by a design approach that centres user agency, prioritises privacy and offers transparency to users around decisions made by the project team. It continues with a commitment to creativity and experimentation in business model design, prioritising sustainability and access over profit and exclusivity. And finally, it is underpinned by an organisational structure that models transparency and ethical labour practices.

Let’s Get Packing: How the Laurier Library partnered with the Bookstore and Printing Services to take over Coursepack Publishing


  • Lauren Bourdages, Copyright and Reserves Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University Library
  • Melanie Ross, Copyright and Reserves Associate, Wilfrid Laurier University Library


Course readings are of vital importance to university students. They’re a central element of teaching and learning. As traditional proprietary textbooks become more and more expensive instructors are trying to find ways to move away from them. Enter printed course packs and electronic course reserves, two overlapping services provided by most post-secondary institutions. These services are even more important in light of the current move to widespread remote and online learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2018 academic year, the Course Reserves office at the Laurier Library became a publisher for the first time as a partnership between the Library, the campus Bookstore, and the University’s Printing Services department was realised. After a year of work building a process, the Library took over the copyright clearance and publication of the university’s print course packs intending to transfer as many course packs from print to digital using the library’s course reserves service. After almost three full years what have we learned from this partnership? In this presentation, we’ll cover those lessons along with why we took on the publishing role, how it worked, and how things stand during the pandemic.

Community Espress-ion: the Espresso Book Machine, public libraries, and the development of creative communities


  • Elizabeth Murtough, University College Dublin


The public library plays an important role in ongoing efforts to facilitate civic and creative engagement in connected communities. According to Conrad (2017), the library has the potential to expand engagement efforts especially in the publishing sector. While a lesser discussed area of research relative to university library publishing, public library publishing, as evidenced by Kniffel (1989) and Williams (1987), has a long, dynamic history as a medium for community engagement and the development of richer localised collections. As Conrad (2017) argues, public library programs that make self- or micropublishing available can amplify the role of the library as a ‘true archive’ of its locality. Consequently, public library publishing programs can mirror Stanley’s (2007) claim of the role of scholarly library publishing in challenging the master narrative and creating space for voices and ideologies otherwise institutionally marginalized.

At present, the most commonly used tool for print-on-demand publishing is the Espresso Book Machine (EBM), a 2003 technology spearheaded by publisher and editor Jason Epstein. The EBM is capable of printing a vast catalogue of books on demand through its EspressNet database, but can also be used by self-publishers and micropublishers for small print runs (Koerber, 2012; Espresso Book Machine, 2015). Situating the latter use within the Maker Movement, Koerber argues that the EBM can empower communities through creative collaboration and connected learning. This tool, therefore, has the potential to expand creative community engagement where deployed within, and leveraged by, local public libraries.

This presentation will use program and cost models as well as community responses for extant EBM installations to look forward to a future where such mechanisms are available to expand the range of locally published voices and the role of the library in community development. A bibliography will be provided to interlocutors to facilitate further thinking on the topic.

March 19, 2021

Panel Mo4a

Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 4:00 PM to 5 PM

Publishing Undergraduate Research: From Serendipity to Strategy


  • Sarah Frankel, University of Louisville
  • Rachel Howard, University of Louisville


A combination of ambitious and motivated first-year students, a newly-formed IR Advisory Board including members of a university’s strategic planning subcommittee, and a pandemic led to the rapid expansion of the University of Louisville’s open access offerings of undergraduate research in 2020.

Our small team’s responsiveness to the requests from multiple fronts to showcase undergraduate research meant modifying our institutional repository’s collection policy; adapting author agreements; preparing MOUs; and communicating with stakeholders ranging from the Provost’s office to novice journal editors to software support, all while working remotely.

The juried poster session events and open access journals produced by undergraduates and presented on our repository have brought the library publishing program positive publicity and a mention in the new university strategic plan. The process has prompted us to improve our documentation of other IR procedures and relationships, laying a stronger, more sustainable foundation for the repository as a whole.

Partnering with Student Journals to Increase Visibility and Discoverability


  • Omar Dewidar, University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine
  • Jeanette Hatherill, University of Ottawa Library
  • Zacharie Saint-Georges, University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine


Student-run journals are often significant pieces of an academic library’s publishing or hosting program that offer graduate and undergraduate students valuable experiential learning opportunities related to various aspects of scholarly publishing. However, the student-run nature of these journals can pose unique challenges for their library partners with an often-higher editorial turnover than their faculty counterparts. Since 2013, the University of Ottawa Library and the student-run University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine (UOJM) have been partnering on projects to increase the journal’s visibility and discoverability. This session will highlight some successful past projects and present the progress of a current project that seeks to have the journal indexed in PubMed. Representatives from the journal’s editorial team will share some best practices and current challenges related to managing a journal while pursuing full time studies. Participants will also gain insight into the important role the Library can play as a keeper of institutional memory for student journals.

The Pursuit of High Research Activity Classification: Library/Learning Commons Support for Student Publishing


  • Linda Cifelli, Kean University
  • Craig Anderson, Kean University


As a university pursues R2 Carnegie research classification, the provision of support for publishing efforts by members of its community plays a significant role in the pursuit of that goal. While faculty members are prime candidates for such services, the university’s research classification goals are also well served by support for student publishing.

This presentation focuses on the development and implementation of an integrated set of strategies by one institution’s library and affiliated learning commons units in an effort to nurture publishing by undergraduate and graduate students. These strategies combine outreach conducted through various modalities, ranging from live virtual meetings and workshops to informational text and multimedia content embedded on the websites and other platforms of various university stakeholders.

A librarian embedded with programs that facilitate faculty-mentored research accomplishes a number of goals, including helping students access library and other information resources and also guiding students to the writing support that will help them successfully share the results of their scholarly and creative projects. In addition, an online library/learning commons module available to all students via their learning management system provides intrusive engagement through easy access to asynchronous resources that support development of information literacy, communication literacies, and related student learning outcomes when they write papers as the culmination of their scholarly research.

Outreach efforts across the university emphasize the publishing opportunities available to students through the university’s own open-access student journal, published on a digital learning commons platform.

By helping students to understand the academic and professional development benefits of publishing their work and by providing a digital platform through which research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students may be shared, the university will advance its efforts to increase overall campus-wide research activity and to achieve recognition for high research activity.

March 19, 2021

Panel Mo1b

Day/Time: Monday, May 10, 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Growing Knowledge in Living Handbooks: The Open-Access Platform PUBLISSO


  • Gregor Schumann, ZB MED – German National Library of Medicine
  • Uta Woiwod, ZB MED – German National Library of Medicine


This presentation introduces the audience to the “Living Handbook” project, an open-access publishing format for academic research in medical science/life sciences. Operated by ZB MED (German National Library of Medicine), Germany’s prominent library for life sciences, the project was designed to provide evolving science with international visibility and a sustainable ‘home‘ within the world of open access: The Handbooks’ architecture allows their content to grow alongside the achievements of the scientific fields they cover – chapters can be continuously added, scratched or updated without much ado.

Thus, our way of open-access publishing enables a fast-track, professional, and long-term exchange of scientific knowledge. By providing individual PIDs and ensuring citability by an accessible version history, it functions as a living host that combines common values and standards for scientific publishing: Quality-management workflows were established on both sides of the publishing process, high-quality academic research is guaranteed by peer reviewing and accompanied by editorial quality assurance. Scientists from all over the world are invited to connect their knowledge to the Handbooks‘ contents, which can be accessed by Internet users without any paywall and at any chosen time.

Based on the Content Management System Drupal, the Living Handbook project was built into the online publication platform PUBLISSO, also hosting ZB MED’s very own repository. The platform has already been in use for more than four years and is subject to continuous development. Genuinely developed as an open-source application, other libraries or institutions are welcome to use the system for their own publishing ideas and even develop it according to their specific needs.

Developing a Press Approach to Omeka S with the Teams Module


  • Alexander Dryden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Daniel G. Tracy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This presentation explores user experience challenges faced by authors and library publishers when using Omeka S as a platform to publish digital exhibits curated by scholars, and a solution developed locally and available for reuse: the Omeka S Teams module. Omeka S offers a major advance over Omeka Classic in its ability to host multiple sites, making it possible to publish multiple scholar-created exhibits without maintaining multiple servers and installs. The Illinois Open Publishing Network at the University of Illinois Library began using Omeka S as part of a suite of platforms for long-form publications by authors, in this case for curated exhibits with analytical essays attached. However, a key challenge quickly became apparent: Omeka S assumes that the different sites will still maintain a shared pool of media assets, meaning all authors experience the assets of other authors as back-end “clutter” obstructing their work. Even more seriously it creates circumstances where one author may edit or even delete another author’s assets.

The Teams module addresses these concerns by introducing a new class of object into Omeka S, the Team, through which users, resources, and sites are linked. Various components of Omeka S then filter results based on a shared Team, eliminating clutter and reducing the chances of mistakes. Additionally, to address security concerns and provide greater flexibility, a supplemental access control setting allows administrators restrict user permissions on a Team-by-Team basis. This presentation will discuss the UX and operational challenges researchers and publishing staff face when using Omeka S as a long-form publishing platform, and describe how the Teams module can address those concerns.

State-of-the-art, non-commercial library publishing at TIB


  • Xenia van Edig, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  • Dulip Withanage, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)


With TIB Open Publishing, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – is about to launch a new open-access service on which scientific journals and conference publications can be published. In doing so, it is underlining its orientation towards open science and adding a significant new pillar to its activities to support the transition to open access. As a research partner, TIB is committed to professional, optimally accessible, and widely visible publications. The service is aimed at editors of scientific journals and conference publications who want a library-supported, non-commercial, but at the same time sophisticated, sustainable, and completely open access publication option. Our service is aimed at existing conference publications and journals as well as at new launches and it is open to all scientific disciplines. The scientists who act as editors and reviewers of the individual publications are responsible for the quality assurance of the content of the published articles. On the part of TIB Open Publishing, however, we ensure that formal quality standards are met by the hosted publications. There must be compatibility with the funding criteria („Plan S“) of the research funding agencies that are members of the cOAlition S. Our quality standards are therefore based on the technical implementation guidelines of Plan S, but also on the DOAJ Seal, the OASPA membership criteria, and the COPE guidelines. Our technical services encompass the hosting of journals and conference publications and the distribution of metadata and content to indexing, archiving, and registration systems. We offer a continuously enhanced XML-based publication workflow and engage especially with the OJS developer community in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We also develop OJS plugins for community use.