July 10, 2018

Owned by the Academy: A Preconference on Open Source Publishing Software

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 (full day) Location: Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Registration: $50 (limit 100) Hashtags: #OwnedByTheAcademy, #LPForum18


This full-day workshop will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the landscape of open source publishing software and associated service providers, and give platform developers the opportunity to interact with each other and with the community.

Contact Melanie Schlosser for more information.


Registration for this event is now closed.

Featured Platforms

Most of the formal program for the day will consist of presentations and hands-on sessions by a selected set of open source publishing platforms, including:


The program can also be accessed at https://ownedbytheacademy.sched.com. Sessions marked with   will be livestreamed via LPC’s Twitter account.

Directions to Wilson Library

Please refer to the Campus Map for all directions.

From The Graduate Hotel:

  • Walking: 20-30 minutes.
    • Walk West on Washington Ave. The Graduate Hotel is on the “East Bank” of Campus.
    • Cross the river on the upper pedestrian level of the bridge.
    • Once you’re on the “West Bank” of campus, turn left to head south to Wilson Library.
  • Campus Shuttle: The “University Ave Circulator” has a stop at Northrop Mall on Washington Avenue (West of the Hotel). Take that to the Carlson stop on the West Bank. Please check the schedule as the buses will be running less frequently during the May Intersession.
  • Light Rail: The Green Line Light Rail has an East Bank stop in front of the Graduate Hotel. If you take the Westbound train to the West Bank stop, stay on the street/rail line level and walk back east along Washington Ave. towards Blegen Hall. At Blegen Hall, there will be a set of outdoor stairs leading up to the Plaza level. As you emerge from the stairs, continue straight (heading south) towards Wilson Library.
  • Nice Ride: Go to the bike rack at the “McNamara Center” and bike along the walking directions. There is a rack on the West side of Wilson Library where you can return your bike. Plan your route here: https://secure.niceridemn.org/map/ Single rides are charged at $3 per half hour from the time the bike leaves the station. A 24 Hour pass is $6 for unlimited 30 min rides.

If you’re driving:

Wilson Library’s Address is: 309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

The best place to park is in the 21st Avenue Ramp which is across the street from campus. Wilson Library is set back off 4th street (which you cross to get from the ramp to the library) in between the Carlson School of Management and the Rarig Theater.

Call for Showcase Session Participants

*This call is now closed.*

We are pleased to issue an open call for participants for a showcase session that will allow attendees to learn more about the broader ecosystem of open source publishing software. This hour-long, mid-day plenary session will be structured like a poster or exhibit session. Each participating organization will have a space to display materials and demonstrate their platform, tool, or service. Attendees will be encouraged to interact with as many participating organizations as they wish.

Showcase session participants will be selected by the preconference planning group based on fit with event goals and available space. Participants are expected to register for and attend the full preconference, and are encouraged to attend the Library Publishing Forum as well.

We especially invite representation from:

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


Planning Group

  • Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition (Chair)
  • Vanessa Gabler, University of Pittsburgh
  • Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
  • Kevin Hawkins, University of North Texas
  • Emma Molls, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Potter, Virginia Tech
  • Kristen Ratan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University/Public Knowledge Project
  • Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan


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February 13, 2018

KairosCamp Editors Workshop

Dates: Sunday, May 20 through Monday, May 21, 2018 Location: University of Minnesota Registration: free (limit 15)


The two-day KairosCamp Editors Workshop will be held May 20–21, 2018, at University of Minnesota Library prior to the start of the 2018 Library Publishing Forum. This free workshop, staffed by experts in scholarly multimedia publishing, is developed for book or journal editors and publishers who are interested in beginning or honing their experience with multimedia content. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of editorial, design, and production of multimedia content within a scholarly publishing context, including a brief history of scholarly multimedia publishing over the last 25 years. Specific discussions on acquisitions and developmental feedback, peer review, copy- and design-editing, and publication and preservation processes will be covered over the two days. Participants will leave with a set of digital media best practices that they can share with colleagues at their home institutions. For more information on KairosCamp Authors and Editors workshops, please visit http://kairos.camp.

Registration and Logistics

KairosCamp-LPF is limited to 15 participants and is free for Library Publishing Forum attendees. By registering, participants are committing to attend both days of the workshop. Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis (with no more than two people per organization attending, please). If registration is full, email contact@librarypublishing.org to be placed on a waitlist. 

In addition to the free workshop, participants will receive two nights of free lodging at The Graduate Minneapolis (the conference hotel) during the pre-conference workshop as well as breakfast and lunch during the two-day workshop. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Minneapolis, LPF registration, and any additional lodging they may need for the LPF conference itself. KairosCamp is generously funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.



May 20: 9am – 4pm

Morning: What is digital media publishing?
Histories, examples, pros/cons – a close look at the scholarly, social, and technical infrastructures of digital publishing

Afternoon: Developmental Editing
Peer- review options and editorial development for digital media scholarship.

May 21: 9am – 4pm

Morning: Design Editing
How does one “edit” digital media scholarship? How do editorial workflows change with digital media?

Afternoon: Access and Preservation
The relationship between technical infrastructures, (open) access, preservation, and rights.

December 19, 2017

Library Publishing Curriculum Pilot Workshops: Content and Impact

Date: Thursday, May 24 (full day) Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Andersen Library Registration: By application

The Library Publishing Coalition and the Educopia Institute are excited to host a pair of in-person workshops at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum based on our IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project. Both full-day workshops will take place on Thursday, May 24 (the day after the Forum) at the University of Minnesota. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants, to be selected through a brief but competitive application process. While the workshops are affiliated with and will complement the Library Publishing Forum, please note that you do not have to attend the Forum to participate in the workshops. See below for workshop descriptions, scholarship information, and application instructions. 

Note: These workshops are based on the first two Library Publishing Curriculum modules to be released in March of 2018. Learn more about the release!

Workshop Descriptions

Library Publishing Curriculum: Content

The Content workshop will cover how library publishers attract, select, edit, manage, and disseminate content. Attendees will learn how to recruit partners and select content for their program, and how to incorporate diverse voices into each part of the publication process. The workshop will also share information on common production workflows, identifying the resources and staff skills needed to support various editorial strategies and content types.

Instructors: Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University and Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco

Library Publishing Curriculum: Impact

The Impact workshop will focus on how library publishers measure and extend the impact of their work. Attendees will learn to identify and apply specific impact measures for publications, to assess the performance of a publishing program and publication portfolio, and to build an engagement strategy and evaluate its effects.

Instructor: Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan

How to Apply

The original application deadline (Friday, March 30) has passed. The application form will remain open to fill open spots in the workshops, and new applications will be approved on a rolling basis until May 11th. If you missed the original deadline, but are still interested in participating in a workshop, please fill out the application form.

Please note that the application will ask for:

  • A brief applicant bio
  • A brief personal statement that addresses how attendance at the workshop will benefit the participant

Diversity Scholarships

*The application deadline has passed, and the diversity scholarships have been awarded.*

We are delighted to be able to offer four scholarships for workshop attendees, aimed at ensuring a diverse group of participants. Each scholarship consists of up to $1,000 in reimbursement against allowable travel expenses incurred for workshop attendance (determined according to U.S. federal guidelines, as this is funded through a federal grant). The scholarship application deadline was March 30, 2018, and applicants will be notified by April 13, 2018.


Email hannah@educopia.org with questions.