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July 14, 2020

2020 Library Publishing Forum Round-up


It’s now been two months since the 2020 Virtual Library Publishing Forum. We’ve been busy gathering many of the videos, slides, notes, etc., from the Forum, which you’ll find linked from the 2020 Forum page on our website. Though not all sessions are online, an unprecedented number are, so this is a great time to revisit or investigate a session you weren’t able to attend.

When we transitioned the 2020 Forum to a virtual format, we gave those who were not able to present during the Forum the opportunity to convert their session material and present via a posting on the LPC blog. If you haven’t already, check out this array of new Forum material—impressive and varied in both content and format! 

Fellows Forum
Talea Anderson, A.J. Boston

Make the Open Access Directory Better for All: A Library Publishers Edit-a-thon
Julie Goldman, Sally Gore, Lisa Palmer, and Regina Raboin

“OK Publisher”: Undergraduate Internships as a Model for Sustainable Publication
Jonathan Grunert, Nicole Callahan

Leveraging Library Expertise for Student Journal Success: A project to increase the impact and value of student journals
Stephanie Savage, Gavin Hayes

Institutional Repository Collaboration: Providing Flexibility and Responsiveness with Hyku
Gretchen Gueguen, Amanda Hurford

Peer-to-Peer Blended Learning: A Model for Training Undergraduate Journal Editors
Calvin Chan, Christopher Chan, Shelby Haber, Portia Rayner, Keanna Wallace, Nadiya Zuk

Leveraging a Library Journal for Grounding and Growing a Library Press Journal Program
Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, Perry Collins, Chelsea Johnston, and Laurie Taylor

Accessibility beyond web standards for improving User Experience
Israel Cefrin

So you’ve been rejected from MedEdPORTAL: Demystifying Open Access to Medical Educators
Hannah J. Craven and Rachel J. Hinrichs

Our thanks again to all presenters and to all who were able to attend the 2020 Forum. We hope to see many of you next year in Pittsburgh!

LPForum 2019 Vancouver
January 10, 2019

Advancing Open! (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)

Date: Monday, May 6 (evening) and Tuesday, May 7 (full day)
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (SFU), 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (across the street from the Harbour Centre)

Advancing Open is an opportunity for the Canadian academic library scholarly communication practitioner community to convene and explore refreshed strategies to foster open scholarship in Canada. Practitioners, who have constant immersion in the open access space, are uniquely positioned to consider activities, supports, and priorities at local, regional, and national levels that will advance open access and related open scholarship activities across Canada.

This 1.5-day highly interactive workshop will be led and facilitated by members of our open access  practitioner community and is timed to immediately precede the Library Publishing Forum in Vancouver. We welcome participation from anyone from a CARL or non-CARL institution. We invite not only scholarly communications librarians but any and all working in areas of the library that also directly support scholarly communications, especially those working in collection development, systems, and subject liaisons.

This workshop, organized by the CARL Open Repositories Working Group (and led by its Community-Building and Engagement Task Group*), will result in a synthesis document that builds on previous CARL initiatives and can be used by the Canadian community of open access advocates, leaders and practitioners as an instrument to strengthen our collective ability to match strategy to tactical implementation.

Event website

LPForum 2019 Vancouver
January 10, 2019

PKP Spring 2019 Sprint

Date: Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

The Public Knowledge Project will be holding its spring sprint in conjunction with the Library Publishing Forum. PKP sprints run “unconference” style, typically focusing on rapid code development for our open source publishing applications. Small, self-organized teams work together to solve common software issues or make enhancements that benefit everyone.

As good software development also involves requirements gathering – UI (user interface) prototyping, UX (user experience) evaluation, and other non-coding tasks – you don’t need to know PHP or MySQL to contribute to the future of PKP software. To learn more, check out past PKP sprints by searching their blog.

Registration and agenda

LPForum 2019 Vancouver
December 20, 2018

Library Publishing Curriculum: Policy Lab [cancelled]

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (full day)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Instructors: Melanie Schlosser and Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute)

**This workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.**

The Library Publishing Coalition and the Educopia Institute are excited to host a hands-on “Policy Lab” workshop at the 2019 Library Publishing Forum based on our IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 7th (the day before the Forum) at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus. While this workshop is affiliated with and will complement the Library Publishing Forum, please note that you do not have to attend the Forum to participate in the workshop.

Note: This workshop is based on the the freely-available Policy Module of the Library Publishing Curriculum, created by Sara Benson and Merinda Hensley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Janet Swatscheno (University of Illinois at Chicago); Harriett Green (Washington University in Saint Louis); and Melanie Schlosser and Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute).

LPForum 2019 Vancouver
October 11, 2018

Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources (preconference)

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (7:30am-5:00pm)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Co-sponsors: BCcampus and Open Textbook Network
Registration: US$25 for morning workshop, US$10 for afternoon mini-conference



As the use of OERs continues to grow throughout the academy, this preconference will address the growing need for distinctive practices for developing, supporting, and hosting OERs as part of library publishing. The morning will consist of a hands-on textbook publishing workshop (planned in collaboration with the Open Textbook Network), and the afternoon will include panels and presentations (planned in collaboration with BCcampus).


7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Open Textbook Publishing Workshop
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch break (on your own)
1:00 – 5:00 PM: Practices and Possibilities (mini-conference)


**Registration for the preconference is now closed.**

Morning workshop: US$25 registration fee (limit 50 participants, includes breakfast and AM coffee/snack break)
Update, March 15: The morning textbook publishing workshop is full. To be added to the waitlist for this workshop, email

Afternoon mini-conference: US$10 registration fee (limit 100 participants, includes PM coffee/snack break)

Registration for the morning and afternoon sessions is separate; attendees can register for just one session or both. The registration deadline is April 19.



Breakfast (7:30 AM – 8:00 AM)

Morning: Open Textbook Publishing Workshop (8:00 AM – 11:30 AM)

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn effective project management for supporting open textbook publishing. Working at tables with experienced open textbook project managers, attendees will develop strategies for setting expectations with authors, guiding textbook development, creating project timelines, and supporting editing, design and production based on local capacity. Prior to the workshop, some preliminary work will be required to establish a shared understanding of open textbooks.

Instructor: Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network
Table facilitators: Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Michelle Brailey, University of Alberta; Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech; Inba Kehoe, University of Victoria; Mark Konecny, University of Cincinnati; Amanda Larson, Penn State University; Carla Myers, Miami University; Anita Walz, Virginia Tech

Lunch Break (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Afternoon: Practices and Possibilities (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM)

In this series of presentations, you will engage with OER publishing from a programmatic and community perspective. Presenters will share their experiences developing and maintaining OER publishing programs, identify opportunities to collaborate and learn from OER stakeholders, and recommend future directions for the OER publishing community. Through activities and discussions, attendees will leave with practical next steps for their own programs, whether those programs are well-established, brand new, or merely in the conceptual stage.

Opening Remarks (1:00 PM – 1:15 PM)

Full Session (1:15 PM – 2:30 PM)

The Library as OER Publisher: Now What, Pandora? [video1][video2]
Karen Meijer-Kline, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Caroline Daniels, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia; Leonora Crema, University of British Columbia; Lucas Wright, University of British Columbia

Today libraries are seeking new creative partnerships with faculty in open textbook and OER creation. This workshop will review two case studies at libraries that do not yet have established open textbook publishing programs.

At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Library started small with an internal open education grant to test the concept of ‘Library as Open Publisher’. Based on that small success, they followed by extending the service through an expanded granting opportunity with the library taking on publishing projects in larger and various capacities. At University of British Columbia, the Library used faculty subgrants to explore what open publishing partnerships are possible, followed by program assessment with both faculty and students. Both libraries based their projects on the BCcampus Pressbooks platform, and found that services, once offered, evolved in unexpected ways. Just when we think we’ve sussed it, has the open textbook morphed into new entities not yet imagined?

In this changing landscape, what are we seeing and how do we recommend starting up these services? What will be our capacity to sustain them? What strategies accelerate or hinder progress? Rounding off the session, a learning technologist will shed light on what else might be in Pandora’s box that we will need to consider in a library-led publishing program. What new tools will instructors pull out of the box in 2020?

If your library had no new resources, could you pull off an open publishing program? What 15% of resources that you currently have at your disposal could be directed towards it? (Participants will be invited to engage in a “15% Solutions” Liberating Structure activity.)

Whether your library’s open textbook / OER program is longstanding or just getting started, we promise a lively and engaging discussion that will leave you with many practical tips and a few puzzles unsolved.

Break (2:30 PM – 3:00 PM)

Presentations (3:00 PM – 4:45 PM)
If You Build It, Will They Come? Faculty Preferences for Textbook Publishing Programs [video]
Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University

What do faculty look for when publishing textbooks? While marketing the launch of a new affordable textbook publishing program at Texas Tech University Libraries, most faculty we spoke to expressed interest. But this engagement did not translate to submissions for our initial call for proposals.  Since the outline of services and the values that drive our program—affordability, locality, and customizability—did not attract a pilot group, we decided to survey our faculty about which factors they value in a textbook publishing program. With these results in hand, we could shape a publishing program which was guided by these drivers but also had features which would enable it to be competitive with other textbook publishers for our faculty’s patronage.

This presentation will review the results of our survey: what features do faculty prefer when searching for a publisher for their textbook? What features would they value in a textbook publishing program being created in the library? Factors queried about include print vs digital, author retaining copyright, peer review, speed of publication, customizability, and availability of supplementary materials, as well as the value of locality and publisher prestige.

Advancing Open and Affordability: University Presses, Libraries, and Textbooks
Annie Johnson, Temple University

The textbook landscape is changing. Since 1978, the average cost of undergraduate textbooks has increased 810% or 3x the inflation rate. In response to this development, many colleges and universities have begun to make textbook affordability a priority on their campuses, encouraging faculty to use no or low-cost materials instead of expensive commercial textbooks.

University presses are part of the solution when it comes to the challenge of high textbook costs. Presses that publish textbooks generally make it a point to create affordable versions for students. However, while university presses are increasingly experimenting with open access book publishing, involvement in publishing open textbooks has been limited. Why is this? Could university presses and libraries work together to publish high-quality open textbooks? This presentation will report on a survey of university presses about attitudes towards and involvement with the publication of open textbooks. It will explore how open textbooks published by presses are similar to and different from open textbooks published by libraries. Finally, the presenter will give examples of press/library partnerships around the publication of open textbooks and offer ideas for how more of these collaborations might work in the future.

Open Content Deserves Open Platforms: Principles & Practices for a Publicly-Owned Publishing Infrastructure [video] [slides]
Steel Wagstaff, Educational Client Manager, Pressbooks; Allison Brown, Digital Publishing Services Manager, SUNY Geneseo; Lillian Hogendoorn, Program Coordinator, eCampusOntario; Amanda Wentworth, OER Publishing Coordinator, SUNY Geneseo

Many publishers are pivoting from selling expensive textbooks to selling expensive courseware (often wrapped around OER content). Changes in their product offerings are often accompanied by marketing campaigns touting personalized learning, inclusive access, and all-in-one subscription models. While library publishers have made important strides in displacing proprietary content with openly-licensed alternatives, fewer inroads have been made in regard to courseware and the platforms used to create it.

In this 60-minute session, we will present our vision of a publicly-owned, open-source publishing infrastructure capable of producing media-rich, interactive, openly licensed books and other educational material. We will present seven guiding principles for publishing platforms that we want to build and use:

  1. Publicly owned: Is open-source & uses open-source components
  2. Plays well with others: Uses broadly-accepted standards
  3. Lets users come & go freely: Allows for easy import/export of content & data
  4. Can be adapted to local needs: Allows content to be cloned/remixed
  5. Helps learners accomplish their goals: Includes interactive components
  6. Is inclusive & participatory: Is accessible, easy to use, and includes web annotation
  7. Is demonstrably efficacious: Permits ethical, learner-centered analytics

Presenters will describe recent investment by SUNY system and eCampusOntario to build a more robust open publishing infrastructure (using Pressbooks and other tools) and how this work aligns with the mission of their library publishing programs. We will explore questions of responsibility (Who funds this work? Who should govern these platforms?), maintenance (Who takes care of the system? Who takes care of the content?), and collaboration (How do diverse institutions work together in pursuit of common goals? How do we know that what build will meet the needs of communities outside our own?).

Closing (4:45 PM)

Planning Committee

Sonya Betz, University of Alberta (chair)
Lauri Aesoph, BCcampus
Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University
Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus
Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition

Preconference Sponsors


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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 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: 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

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 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.


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