Forum Info

October 4, 2021

Registration, Travel & Venue Information


There are separate rates and registrations for each of the two 2022 Forum events. Please check back; registration will be opening soon.

Registration rates for the 2022 virtual preconference on May 18 and 19

You decide! There is no set fee for the virtual preconference; it’s a pay-what-you-can registration.
Register for the virtual preconference

Registration rates for the 2022 in-person Forum in Pittsburgh on May 25 and 26

    • Standard: US$300
    • LPC member (limit two per member institution): US$200
    • Students (limited quantity available): US $50
    • Low- and middle-income countries (limited quantity available): US$50

Register for the in-person Forum

Presenters should register as soon as possible; we recommend by March 31 to ensure a spot. General registration is open through May 2 or whenever our maximum capacity is met.

Meals: Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks on May 25 and 26, as well as an evening reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres) on May 25.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

  • Registrations canceled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.
  • Registrations canceled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.
  • Registrations canceled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.
  • No-shows will not be refunded conference fees.


The in-person Forum will be held at the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh PA. (See Google map.)

COVID-19 and the Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh

(Section updated April 20, 2022)

Attending a large gathering or event increases your chance of being in close contact with people outside your household and being exposed to COVID-19. To make our in-person Library Publishing Forum as safe and welcoming as possible for all members of our community, we are instituting some additional health guidelines. All attendees must adhere to the guidelines outlined below while attending the Forum, along with any relevant University of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh and national health guidance in effect at the time. Violations of the health guidelines will be addressed as a violation of the LPC Code of Conduct. Note: Local and national guidelines are likely to change, please revisit sites for the most up-to-date information.

For this year’s in-person Forum, the Library Publishing Coalition is requiring all attendees to wear masks when indoors at all Forum events and venues. Attendees can remove masks when eating and drinking and when presenting at the Forum. A small supply of N95 masks will be available at the Forum registration table each day for those who do not have their own masks. We strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible and able to be fully vaccinated and boosted. We also encourage attendees to test before and after the Forum. Attendees should contact Forum organizers at if they test positive during or after the Forum. In the event that an attendee tests positive, notifications will be sent to all registered attendees of possible exposure.

Our venue, the William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh, is currently closed to the public. LPF attendees and speakers will be registered as guests, and will be required to present a photo ID each time they enter the venue. All guests must agree to follow the health rules that the University has in place at the time of the Forum and confirm that they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Not all forum spaces make physical distancing possible. Attendees are welcome to make adjustments as able. Please respect attendees who choose not to engage in close proximity.

Information about domestic and international travel requirements can be found on the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel pages. Information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania can be found on the Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania guide from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Please do NOT attend the event if you have recently tested positive or experienced symptoms of COVID-19.


The Forum has room blocks reserved at the following Pittsburgh hotels:

    • Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh University Place – $149 per night

Reserve a room at the Hilton

    • Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – $149 per night

Reserve a room at the Wyndham


Pittsburgh International Airport – PIT
Pittsburgh is served by the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh and 20 miles from Oakland. 

Public Transportation
Pittsburgh’s Port Authority provides public transit including buses, light rail, and funicular (called “inclines” in Pittsburgh). 

The 28X bus connects the airport to both the downtown and Oakland areas. Customers paying cash will be charged $2.75 at the farebox on the bus. ConnectCards can be purchased in Baggage Claim, next to Door 6, where the 28X bus picks up passengers to Downtown Pittsburgh, and can be loaded with funds to cover a round trip.

Many people would not recommend driving in Pittsburgh, but if you choose to do it, we are home to a Google office so our Google Map directions are excellent. Pittsburgh is connected to the world by major interstates nearby, including I-79, I-80, and the Pennsylvania turnpike. Parking is not exactly abundant in Pittsburgh, so we usually recommend that those driving in to the conference find a spot and then walk or use transit to navigate the city.

Walking, Cycling
If you’re not used to hills, make sure to get in some extra conditioning before you come to Pittsburgh. We are actually serious! Pittsburgh is a very walkable city, especially in downtown and Oakland. In terms of cycling, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is sometimes called “Mayor Bike Lane” for his campaigns to create bike infrastructure in the city. HealthyRidePGH provides our bikeshare service with stations all over downtown and Oakland. 


All University spaces, hotels, and historical sites/museums are required to be ADA compliant and accessible. 

The University of Pittsburgh embraces the “different-abilities” of it’s students, faculty and staff. The University of Pittsburgh is having an ongoing discussion about improvements to accessibility beyond ADA compliance. Gender neutral bathrooms have already been added to most campus buildings, including our libraries and the William Pitt Union, and lactation rooms are available across the campus. A full list of resources available for members of different populations is available from the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Carnegie Mellon University welcomes guests, visitors and alumni with disabilities to participate and attend campus programs and events, and welcomes the opportunity to accommodate requests for support. A list of services one can request through the Office of Disability Resources can be found by contacting the CMU Office for Disability Resources

The City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas have several accessibility resources available and the city-wide ADA coordinator is available for inquiries. The ACCESS Paratransit service provides transportation, including from the airport. For an extensive list of resources available in the city, we recommend the Pittsburgh Accessibility Guide from Visit Pittsburgh.

Local Information

Our local hosts have put together some information that may be of interest to Forum attendees. Check back later for additions to this content!
View the local information doc

October 4, 2021

Program and Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals is closed. Below are tentative schedules for the virtual Forum event on May 18 and 19 and the in-person Forum in Pittsburgh on May 25 and 26.

Virtual Preconference, Online, May 18

12:00pm – 12:15pm | Welcome and Opening Remarks

12:15pm – 1:15pm | Keynote address by Janne Pölönen, Secretary General, Publication Forum, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

1:15pm – 1:30pm | Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Inclusive Approaches to Open Access monograph funding: beyond the book processing charge
Professor Martin Paul Eve, COPIM Opening the Future lead, & Birkbeck (University of London); Dr Judith Fathallah, COPIM Open Book Collective, & Lancaster University; Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers; Lidia Uziel, COPIM & Associate University Librarian for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication, UC Santa Barbara

Assessing Library Publishing Programs
Johanna Meetz, The Ohio State University; Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona

2:30pm – 2:45pm | Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm | Concurrent Sessions

Where are all the books? Why OA ebook authors don’t get the recognition they deserve and how we can fix the situation
Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership; Terri Geitgey, Program Manager, Lever Press; Jeff Edmunds, Digital Access Coordinator, Penn State University Libraries

Our first publishing project: Lessons learned about ourselves and our work
Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, University of British Columbia Okanagan; Amanda Brobbel, Senior Manager, Writing & Language Learning Services, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Identifying Smaller Publishers with Values-Aligned Practices through Library Partnership Certification
Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Tennessee; Robin N. Sinn, Director of Collections and Open Strategies, Iowa State University

Critique of “Transformative” Reasons
Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg

3:45pm – 4:00pm | Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions

NGLP: Pilot implementations have launched!
Kate Herman, NGLP; Dave Pcolar, NGLP; Andy Byers, Janeway; Catherine Mitchell, CDL; Clay Farr, Longleaf Services

Houghton St Press: Student-led publishing at the London School of Economics
Lucy Lambe, Scholarly Communications Officer, LSE Library, London School of Economics and Political Science

Leveraging the flexibility of library publishing to deliver an accessible, media-rich ultrasound field guide to the world
Michael Schick DO, UC Davis Health; Rebecca Stein-Wexler MD, UC Davis Health; Yamilé Blain, University of Miami Health System; Justin Gonder California Digital Library

Can THAT have an ISSN? A guide to the wide range of resources covered by ISSN
Regina Romano Reynolds, director of the U.S. ISSN Center, Library of Congress

Virtual Preconference, Online, May 19

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Keynote address by Dr. Jane Anderson, NYU, co-director, Local Contexts

1:00pm – 1:15pm | Break

1:15pm – 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

Openness is not enough: Dismantling structural inequities on our quest for public knowledge
Kate Shuttleworth, Public Knowledge Project and Simon Fraser University; Amanda Stevens, Public Knowledge Project; Patricia Mangahis, Public Knowledge Project

Out in the Open: Launching a Diamond Open Access Book Hosting Service
Rebecca Wojturska, University of Edinburgh

Swift: A Case Study in Publishing Fiction
Maria Aghazarian, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Swarthmore College (she/her); Braulio Muñoz, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Swarthmore College (he/him)

Book Publishing by University Libraries in Brazil
Lucas dos Santos Souza da Silva, Bachelor’s degree on Library Science, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO); Dayanne da Silva Prudencio. Professor of the Library Science Department, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro

2:15pm – 2:30pm | Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Inclusion and Representation in the Scholarly Ecosystem
Caitlin Tyler-Richards, Michigan State; Lea Johnston, Editorial, Getty Research Institute (GRI) Publications; Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press (Moderator)

The BCcampus Open Publishing Suite: Guides for Your Open Publishing Initiative
Arianna Cheveldave, BCcampus; Kaitlyn Zheng, BCcampus

Introducing Lantern: A Multiformat OER Publishing Toolkit
Chris Diaz, Digital Publishing Librarian, Northwestern University; Lauren McKeen McDonald, Open Education Librarian, Northwestern University

Lightning Talks

  • Can a Monthly Newsletter Increase Journal Publishing Best Practices? | Kate Cawthorn, Digital Projects Librarian, University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources
  • Success, Failures, and the In-Between: Reflecting on a medical-student operated open access journal as it passes its third year in operation | Benjamin Saracco, Research and Digital Services Faculty Librarian, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; Amanda Adams MLS, Reference & Instruction Faculty Librarian, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Synchronizing the Asynchronous: Working through the Library Publishing Workshop as a Cohort | Jill Cirasella, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Gail Steinhart, Cornell University
  • Inclusive Language in NIST Technical Series Publications | Kathryn Miller, National Institute of Standards and Technology

3:30pm – 3:45pm | Break

3:45pm – 4:45pm | Concurrent Sessions

A library publisher, library consortium and library journal walk into a bar: A case study of adopting collaborative funding infrastructure to support library publishing
Curtis Brundy, Iowa State University; Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University; Sharla Lair, LYRASIS

The scoop on XML article-level metadata and why it’s critical to equitable research dissemination
Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement at NISO; Brian Cody, Co-Founder and CEO of Scholastica

4:45pm – 5:00pm | Closing Remarks

In-person Library Publishing Forum, Pittsburgh, May 25

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration 

7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast [Ballroom]

8:30am – 9:00am | Welcome and Opening Remarks [Ballroom]

9:00am – 10:00am | Keynote address by Christen Smith, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin [Ballroom]

10:00am – 10:30am | Break

10:30am – 11:30am | Concurrent Sessions

Let’s Talk! Building Library Support for Scholarly Societies Publications
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota; Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh; Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University

PANEL [Dining Room A]
Let’s talk about academic labour: Changes in the academy and independent scholarly publishing
Jessica Lange, McGill University; Sarah Severson, University of Alberta

Should library publishers offer plagiarism screening? A pilot project at York University Libraries
Tomasz Mrozewski, Digital Publishing Librarian, York University

11:30am – 11:45am | Break

11:45am – 12:45pm | Concurrent Sessions

Strategic Career Management
John W. Warren, Director and Associate Professor MPS in Publishing, George Washington University; Additional speakers TBD

FULL SESSION [Dining Room A]
Multimodal Monographs: Content, Collaboration, Community
Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University; Sarah McKee, Senior Associate Director for Publishing, Emory University

12:45pm – 1:45pm | Lunch [Ballroom]

1:45pm – 2:30pm | Tours/Unscheduled networking time

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions (part 1)

WORKSHOP 1: A Focus Group on In-Progress Revisions to the Library Publishing Curriculum [Ballroom]
Cheryl E. Ball, moderator. Other Curriculum Board members TBA

WORKSHOP 2: Getting Started with Library Publishing Workflow Documentation [Dining Room A]
Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute; Brandon Locke, Educopia Institute

WORKSHOP 3: Your Input Needed – An Interactive Session to Improve Usability and Findability of OJS Documentation [Dining Room B]
Mariya Maistrovskaya, Digital Publishing Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries; Amanda Stevens, Associate Director of Publishing Services and Support, Public Knowledge Project

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions (part 2)

WORKSHOP 1 (continued): A Focus Group on In-Progress Revisions to the Library Publishing Curriculum 

WORKSHOP 2 (continued): Getting Started with Library Publishing Workflow Documentation 

WORKSHOP 3 (continued): Your Input Needed – An Interactive Session to Improve Usability and Findability of OJS Documentation 

6:00pm – 7:30pm | Reception [William Pitt Union Lower Lounge]

In-person Library Publishing Forum, Pittsburgh, May 26

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration 

7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast [Ballroom]

8:30am – 8:45am | Welcome and Opening Remarks [Ballroom]

8:45am – 9:45am | Labor Panel | Marcia Rapchak, University of Pittsburgh; Chloe Mills, Robert Morris University; Rachel Masilamani, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; Lauren B. Collister, University of Pittsburgh (moderator) [Ballroom]

9:45am – 10:15am | Break

10:15am – 11:15am | Concurrent Sessions

PANEL [Ballroom]
What it takes: Successful Open Publishing Programs
Amy Song, Pressbooks

Conversations with OER Creators: Advice for Accessibility
Elena Azadbakht, Health Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada; RenoTeresa Schultz, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

FULL SESSION [Dining Room A]
Discussion of University-based Publishing Infrastructure Virtual Convening
Ally Laird, Penn State University

11:15am – 11:30am | Break

11:30am – 12:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Maturing Our Program: Criteria for Selection, Content Advisories, and Celebrating Great Work
Laurie Taylor, University of Florida; Perry Collins, University of Florida; Chelsea Johnston, University of Florida; Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, University of Florida

FULL SESSION [Dining Room A]
Stepping Onto the Platform: Reflections on Michigan Publishing’s Switch to Janeway for OA Journal Publishing
Andy Byers, Senior Publishing Technologies Developer, Birkbeck, University of London/Open Library of Humanities; Jason Colman, Director, Michigan Publishing Services, University of Michigan Library; Mauro Sanchez, Senior Publishing Technologies Developer, Birkbeck, University of London/Open Library of Humanities; Lauren Stachew, Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator, Michigan Publishing Services, University of Michigan Library

12:30pm – 1:30pm | Lunch/LPC Members Meet-up [Ballroom]

1:30pm – 2:15pm | Birds of a Feather/Table Topics TBD [Ballroom]

2:15pm – 2:30pm | Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

PANEL [Ballroom]
Student Journal Forum: From a local event to a Canada-wide movement
Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries; Sarah Severson, University of Alberta Library

Using Open Access Publishing to Promote Undergraduate Research
Brett Say, Director of Honor Research Programs, University of Pittsburgh Honors College; Angel Zheng, Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh Honors College; Corey Schultz, Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh Honors College; Samantha Kirschman, Undergraduate Student, University of Pittsburgh Honors College

PANEL [Dining Room A]
Making Open Access Books Work: A Library-Press Partnership Perspective
Emma Vecellio, Library Relations Manager, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library

The Challenge of Disseminating Metadata on Library Published, Open-Access Books
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, co-director, punctum books; COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs)

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm

NGLP: Building in the Open, Building Together
Katherine Skinner, NGLP; Dave Pcolar, NGLP; Kate Herman, NGLP

5:00pm – 5:15pm | Closing Remarks [Ballroom]

March 11, 2020

Full Session: Making Digital Monographs: Rethinking Relationships and Collaborative Models

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Allison Levy, Brown University; Sarah McKee, Emory University; Sara Sikes, University of Connecticut

Description: Over the past decade, the scholarly community has created a remarkable, and often overwhelming, array of digital tools, publishing platforms, and models for open access funding and distribution. Humanities and social sciences scholars are increasingly eager to take advantage of these developments to explore new digital expressions, and potentially new audiences, for their monographs. But the production of digital monographs presents a unique challenge, as workflows, peer review standards, and even basic vocabulary are just beginning to evolve. Moreover, authors often require new kinds of support from their home institutions, particularly through libraries and digital scholarship centers, to realize their project visions. This session brings together authors and digital scholarship professionals to share their stories of collaboration in publishing digital monographs of all stripes—from enhanced open access editions of conventional print books to born-digital interactive scholarly works. How did these works come into being? Why were the authors committed to digital publication? What support did their home institutions provide? When and how did publishers enter the picture? What challenges emerged during the editorial and production processes, and how were they resolved? How can we encourage a shared vocabulary for these digital publications among the wider scholarly communications community? The session focuses less on demonstrating the case studies themselves and more on the ways in which various stakeholders collaborated to fully realize the project/author’s vision. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories, including challenges and questions arising with their own digital publications or works in progress.

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March 10, 2020

Panel: The Learning Curve: Scholarly Communication and Student Journals

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: TBD

Leveraging Library Expertise for Student Journal Success: A project to increase the impact and value of UBC undergraduate student journals

Presenters: Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia; Gavin Hayes, University of British Columbia

Description: At the University of British Columbia undergraduate research is a growing area of interest both for students and the institution. While UBC is actively supporting increased opportunities for undergraduate research, this interest has yet to extend to student publications. Despite the value of undergraduate journals and the central role they can play in the research process, there is little formalized support available to them and most rely on varying levels of financial and mentoring support from their affiliated departments. This presentation will outline a small grant-funded project to provide services and support for undergraduate student journals on campus as one initiative to engage undergraduates in the research process.

To begin we will summarize the four main objectives that we entered into the project with:

  1. To conduct an environmental scan of the student journal landscape
  2. To manage and grow a community of practice for student journal editorial staff
  3. To provide targeted professional development opportunities for student journal staff
  4. To encourage journals to adopt practices and policies that will enhance sustainability in the face of high turnover rates among journal staff

We will then outline how we operationalized each of these objectives throughout the course of the project. Specifically, we will speak to the identification and outreach strategies we employed when contacting journals and will share the results of the data we collected, including the results of a survey we distributed to student journal editors asking them to share their workflows and potential areas for professional development opportunities. Additionally we will point participants to the resources we have created for the student journals and our plans to facilitate better communication and knowledge sharing among them.

We will also speak to some of the challenges of doing this work, including the difficulty of engaging students, who are often busy and hard to schedule in-person events with, and the impact of high turnover on a sustained outreach campaign.

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March 10, 2020

Full Session: Ask the Editors: Expanded Uses for Faculty Needs Assessments

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Matthew Hunter, Florida State University; Laura Miller, Florida State University; Camille Thomas, Florida State University; Devin Soper, Florida State University

Description: The first portion of this presentation will share initial findings from a survey of faculty members engaged in editorial tasks (n = 44), conducted at the Florida State University Libraries in the Spring semester of 2018, and discuss how FSU Libraries utilized the survey to accomplish growth in our own library services. The research questions we sought to answer included the perceived values of commercial publishing services and publishing platform functionality as well as faculty perceptions of library-based open access publishing initiatives. In addition to providing data that informed the development of our services, the survey also served as a valuable marketing device to promote existing services and begin building relationships with supportive faculty members.

This presentation will describe the survey itself, including the research design, methodology, and results, and will also report on the initiatives that followed the survey. For example, our team used the results to inform the development of a library publishing strategic plan, a series of forums for faculty editors, and a number of publishing projects, including two open textbooks and two new journal publications. In order to make the session as engaging as possible for attendees, an interactive component will be provided to help participants get started on their own research design, including identification of key research questions and methodological considerations. They will also create a strategy to use the survey as a marketing tool at their own institution.

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March 10, 2020

Full Session: The Brave New World of Open Text Adaptation: Scholarly Issues and Beyond

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Anita Walz, Virginia Tech; Mark Konecny, University of Cincinnati

Description: As more open texts become available, educators have become more interested in modifying and enhancing existing works. Modifications are often aimed at creating specific classroom experiences and enhancing student participation. Modifications can also capture critical reflections in context of scholarly discourse. As institutions begin to support adaptation of open texts, a number of challenges arise: authors concerned for originality of their contributions often choose CC BY-NC-ND, which precludes future adaptation. And some formerly open publishers have requested removal of publisher and author identifiers from CC-licensed works, causing difficulties in attribution and citation.

How do we begin to address open license concerns and retain the advantages of text adaptation and reuse? How do we evaluate a work’s authority and contribution without knowing who wrote which text? What issues does this raise for promotion and tenure? Do we need to implement new ways for open, adapted texts to be evaluated and cited?

And, as a result, the following concerns for operations arise. Can we flag authorial contributions in the metadata? Are there platforms or technologies which could make iterative texts comparable and referential? In this presentation, we will address five specific areas of concern that we, as a community, should engage:

  1. Are adapted works problematic? A discussion of authority, reliability, and the classroom.
  2. Peer review and reliability in an iterative work. Can open peer review add authority to the adapted work?
  3. Evaluating an author’s contribution to a work for promotion and tenure. How can we make individual contributions more transparent?
  4. Metadata, file types, and online platforms. Creation of community standards (or a standard) to allow faculty to feel more secure in adapting, remix, and reuse.
  5. Funding adapted works to ensure currency and continued use? How to use peer review and post production review to support contributions.

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March 10, 2020

Workshop: One Size Does Not Fit All: Crowdsource Knowledge about Digital Publishing Workflows, Tools and Decisions

Day: Monday, May 4, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Anita Walz, Virginia Tech; Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech; Karen Bjork, Portland State University

Description: We’ve been experimenting with open textbook creation and production tools and workflows over the past five years. We notice a large number of variables which prompt our decision making around tools, including:

  1. Level of production support (DIY versus Boutique)
  2. Amount of interior design desired (for pedagogical purposes)
  3. Peer review process (open versus blind)
  4. Desire for easily adaptable content
  5. Author(s) technical fluency
  6. Copyediting methods
  7. Availability of trained staff or vendor services
  8. Budget

We will start this session by sharing example projects that demonstrate what we have learned about building workflows and using Pressbooks, Scribe, LaTeX, MSWord, and Google Docs.

We will then spend significant structured time eliciting and crowdsourcing participant knowledge regarding workflows and tools relevant to open monographs, digital publishing, and open textbooks. We hope to create and share a crowdsourced manual and invite contributions from participants who have identified additional decision criteria and/or have built various tools into their workflows, including but not limited to Manifold, Editoria, PubPub, Overleaf, Quire, RBookdown, Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).

Because we are crowdsourcing input, this session is more appropriate for people who have been publishing and/or experimenting with different workflows.

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March 10, 2020

Panel: The Practical Muse: Budgets, Roles, and Future Strategies

Day: Monday, May 4, 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: TBD

What is the Future of APCs? The Case at Dartmouth

Presenter: Shawn Martin, Dartmouth Library

Description: Many libraries, including Dartmouth, encourage open access by helping faculty pay for their article processing charges (APCs). The Dartmouth program started around 2011, and regulations (eg. no hybrid journals), the demand for APC funding has increased significantly over the past eight years, and we, like many institutions, have struggled with sustaining funding and finding the best way for libraries to encourage open access publishing in the future.

Over the past few months, I have analyzed the trends of Dartmouth’s APC fund. Most of the fund’s use is from STEM disciplines (especially the School of Medicine). APC charges have remained relatively stable over time. Somewhat surprisingly, the journals for which faculty request APC funds represent a wide variety of open access journals, not just large publishers such as Elsevier or Wiley. Finally, faculty, especially non-tenured and junior faculty, tend to request APC funds multiple times.

As we at the Dartmouth Library thinks about the future of the APC fund, we are faced with a complicated choice. The APC fund is a popular program with faculty, so decreasing the number of funded requests would not be well received. As more publishers utilize APCs, the library cannot simply increase funding indefinitely. What is the best way to encourage open access publishing? Should we focus funding on graduate

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Full Session: How Instructional Design & OER Can Redefine What’s Possible for Library Publishing

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Hugh McGuire, Pressbooks; Jessica Egan, The American Women’s College at Bay Path University; Tim Clarke, Muhlenberg College

Description: Open licenses and emerging technology are enabling a revolution in instructional design and educational publishing. Traditional approaches to both publishing and instructional design often relied on the static, linear format of the printed book. Now that it’s possible to create and distribute learning materials digitally under open licenses, there is both an opportunity and a mandate to apply apply the findings of learning science to improve both teaching & learning materials and the learning experience of the learners served by institutions of higher education.

By offering no-cost digital and low-cost print alternatives to expensive proprietary content, open, collaborative content creation platforms (like Pressbooks) make it easier for librarians, instructors, and learners to collaborate in low-risk experiments in teaching and learning, including faculty/student co-authorship of learning materials, enriched digital-first textbook publishing practices, modular open content adaptation, and more.

There’s no better way to lead than by example; in this panel, two experienced instructional designers working on OER development and open pedagogy projects will join the founder of a popular open content creation platform to showcase successful projects at their institutions that are being put to use in real classrooms today. The intention of this showcase is to share lessons learned and proven development workflows, foster a greater exchange between the professional domains of library publishing and instructional design, and provide generative models and opportunities for collaboration among institutions interested in building new resources or adapting existing material better suited to meet the needs of learners.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Experimental Session: Editorial Control in Library Publishing: Who Does What and Why?

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Room: TBD

Discussion Leader: Robert Browder

Description: Let’s talk about editorial control and productive capacity in library publishing environments. Here are several observations to prime the conversation.

  1. Editorial control can be seen as a continuum. Authors or project owners exist at one end of the continuum and publishers exist at the other.
  2. Who holds editorial control determines how the productive capacity of library publishing departments is spent.
  3. The less editorial control publishing departments have, the more of their productive capacity is spent in supporting the authors and project owners who do have editorial control. Authors and project owners have more freedom to make choices about editorial and production processes.
  4. In the context of a publishing department that does not have editorial control, productive capacity is initiated through budget and staffing, but determined by the authors and project owners the department chooses to support. The productive capacity of such departments is subject to the skills and experience that project owners bring with them to collaborations. Thus, partners must be chosen carefully.
  5. The more editorial control publishing departments have, the more they are able to standardize their production processes, thereby creating the ability to publish higher volumes of scholarship.
  6. In the context of a publishing department that does have editorial control, productive capacity is initiated through budget and staffing, but maintained through carefully chosen workflows and a commitment to strictly adhere to those workflows.
  7. When publishers hold editorial control and enforce a systematic process, opportunities for creativity and experimentation in the publication process are diminished for authors/project owners while the ability to publish higher volumes of scholarship is increased.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Plenary: Career Development Lab: Professional Development and Transferable Skills in Library Publishing

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM
Room: TBD

Moderator: John W. Warren, George Washington University

Panelists: Kyle Gipson, Assistant Acquisitions Editor, Johns Hopkins University Press; Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, The MIT Press; Hanni Nabahe, Resident Librarian, Scholarly Resources and Content Strategy, University of Virginia Library; Elizabeth Scarpelli, Director, University of Cincinnati Press & CLIPS; Laurie N. Taylor, Senior Director for Library Technology and Digital Strategies, University of Florida; Editor-in-Chief, LibraryPress@UF

Description: The Career Development Lab provides discussion, strategies to employ, and possible answers to the following questions: What are the key skills needed for successful careers in library and university press publishing in the next ten years? Has scholarly and academic publishing shifted from a ‘trade’—an apprenticeship, learned mostly on the job—to a ‘profession’—learning and applying a body of relevant skills and best-practices? What is the value of a master’s degree in publishing master’s in library and information science, MBA, or other graduate degree? How can we be inclusive of diverse voices and perspectives, so that they integrated seamlessly into the fabric of library and academic publishing, and what can individuals in the profession do to welcome new voices? We will engage audience participants in some of these questions in an interactive format, and will actively seek input and comments from participants. This event welcomes early career professionals as well as those further along in their publishing career.


LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Full Session: Sharing, Learning, and Supporting Across Institutions: Experiences from the Pilot Year of the LPC Mentorship Program

Day: Monday, May 4, 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Chelsea Johnston (University of Florida), Sarah Wipperman (Villanova University), Ian Harmon (West Virginia University), Jody Bailey (Emory University), and Ally Laird (Pennsylvania State University)

Description: While mentoring is common within librarianship, the structure of mentoring programs varies widely. Mentor/mentee relationships may be casual or formal; participants may or may not belong to the same institution or follow similar career paths; the goal may be career-focused or may be to foster a sense of support and belonging. Whatever the structure of a mentoring program, establishing and communicating grounded expectations determine the success of the relationship.

In 2019, the Professional Development Committee of the Library Publishing Coalition launched its pilot Mentorship Program. The Program aims to orient mentees to the LPC and enrich mentors’ experiences with the LPC, building relationships between the two, and to further the development of library publishing through a professional, semi-structured mentorship program. Mentors and mentees were paired up in late February 2019 and provided with suggestions and guidelines on meeting throughout the year.

In this presentation, two pairs of mentors/mentees from the LPC Mentorship Program will discuss shared and separate experiences with establishing a trusted and productive mentoring relationship. We will also recommend strategies for successful mentoring, such as discussing preferred outcomes/goals and being upfront about limitations. There will be ample time for audience questions, and other LPC mentor/mentee pairs are encouraged to attend and share their experiences during this time. Through our session, we hope to host an open conversation that encourages attendees to examine their connections to mentoring, growing a stronger practice within the LPC community.

Learning Outcomes

Through this session, attendees will:

  • Learn more about the LPC Mentorship Program
  • Discover strategies for establishing a successful mentoring relationship
  • Engage in a discussion about mentorship and share experiences

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Experimental Session: Decoding the Directory: Library Publishing Directory Focus Group Session

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University; Robert Browder, Virginia Tech; Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona; Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Chicago’ Amanda Wentworth, SUNY Geneseo

Description: The Library Publishing Directory provides an overview of the activities, technologies, organizational structure, partnerships, and priorities of library publishers worldwide. In the seven years since the first Directory was released, the library publishing landscape has evolved, with changes to the types of publications produced, services provided, platforms used, and more. In preparing for the most recent edition, the LPC decided to revisit the directory’s data model, asking whether the data we collect reflects the current state of the field and meets the purposes originally outlined for the Directory: introduce readers to library publishing, facilitate collaboration between publishers and other publishing entities, and enable benchmarking. To this end, the LPC formed a task force in the Spring of 2019 to evaluate the current data model and the survey used to collect such information. Led by the LPC Directory Committee, this session aims to continue the work of this task force, turning directly to LPC members for feedback on the directory’s data model and survey. After briefly reviewing the recent changes made to the 2020 Directory as a result of the task force’s work, this interactive session will ask attendees (the focus group) to share thoughts on additional considerations for future Directories, including:

  • How to best capture the evolving relationship between university presses and library publishing programs
  • How to best capture the full breadth of what we publish, such as emerging publication types and legacy journals
  • Identifying a subset of Directory questions that are more broadly applicable than the current in-depth survey
  • General feedback on any gaps in data collection or responses to the directory’s purpose.

Feedback from participants will help shape the data model and survey process moving forward.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Full Session: Creative Staffing Solutions for Library Publishing: Layout, Graphic Design, Copyediting, Project Management, and More

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Room: TBD

Presenters: Marianne Reed, University of Kansas; Johanna Meetz, The Ohio State University (formerly Pacific University); Chelsea Johnston, University of Florida

Description: Like many areas of librarianship, the library publishing community is increasingly challenged to do more with less. As library publishers, we aim to offer traditional publishing services such as consultation about the publishing lifecycle, hosting of content and its long-term preservation, along with more uncommon services such as copyediting, layout, graphic design, and project management. Library publishing programs also face new demands for support for digital scholarship and digital humanities programs.  In this panel, three institutions will discuss staffing solutions for their publishing programs. These programs range from new to established; support ranges from one librarian to a department with several staff positions. Representatives from the University of Kansas, Pacific University, and the University of Florida will share strategies, lessons learned, and planned next steps for future initiatives.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Panel: Customizing Technology to Meet Editorial and Production Challenges

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 2:45 PM to 3: 45 PM
Room: TBD

Serving the Niche: Choosing Monograph Production Workflows to Suit Library Publishing Needs

Presenters: Lauren Stachew, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan; Patrick Goussy, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan

Description: Michigan Publishing Services, a division of Michigan Publishing within the University of Michigan Library, provides publishing services to the University of Michigan community, including faculty, faculty emeriti, students, and others campus-wide. After an approval process, when a monograph is accepted and moved into production, how do we determine the best workflow for the book—and author’s—needs?

Serving the Niche: Choosing Monograph Production Workflows to Suit Library Publishing Needs will outline various production workflows utilizing different resources and expertise: external production vendors, internal tools and partnerships, and collaborative publishing platforms, using example monographs from our open access Maize Books imprint. In examining our workflows, we will discuss determining a book’s complexity, associated production costs, and managing expectations and timelines.

We hope that this presentation will encourage other library publishers to consider operating their own service-based monograph publishing division. For libraries who already publish monographs, we hope that sharing our production workflows will be helpful in determining and/or streamlining their own workflows going forward.

Migrating Journals: Working with Editors

Presenter: Johanna Meetz, Pacific University

Description: In 2019 Pacific University migrated all journals published via Digital commons to Ubiquity Press’ journal publishing platform. This presentation will discuss that process, with a focus on working with faculty editors who are both located locally as well as across the country. It will focus on:

  • Communicating with stakeholders about the migration, including journal editors (timing, testing the new platforms, and deciding when to go live)
  • Training editors to use a new platform (this was a challenge because I never use the same features of the site as the editors do)
  • Working with editors on site designs (some editors were very particular with the design, others were less invested and both present unique challenges)
  • Working through growing pains (general dissatisfaction with platform idiosyncrasies)

In addition to these issues, I will also briefly discuss some of the more technical/logistical obstacles, like:

  • How we chose to handle articles that were still in review in the old platform after the new platform went live
  • How we chose to handle training for an editor who came on board as we were transitioning to the new platform
  • Making changes to article templates (including cover sheets) to reflect new information (titles, websites, etc) of journals

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Experimental Session: Help Me Plan a Publishing Program: A Collaborative Discussion on Developing or Expanding Library Publishing Services

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Room: TBD

Presenter: Emily Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis

Description: Are you developing or expanding a library publishing program? Do you attend presentations and leave with great ideas you’re not sure how to implement at your institution? How do you take practical steps while incorporating larger philosophical goals? This will be a chance for participants to brainstorm together and participate in discussion groups to address how to move forward with program development. The session will focus on 2-3 discussion topics, voted on by participants. Depending on the size of the group, there may be smaller breakout sessions. Takeaways will include a version of the 3-3-3 Action Plan for participants to work from after the conference.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Panel: Discovering Best Practices Through Research and Assessment

Day: Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: TBD

How are we doing? Annual survey of University of Florida journal publishing program serves to educate and assess DEI practices

Presenters: Suzanne Cady Stapleton, University of Florida; Chelsea Johnston, University of Florida

Description: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a strategic direction of importance to the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, throughout library services and activities. In 2019, the journal publishing team at the UF Libraries retooled its annual survey of publishing partners to explore the current status and understanding of DEI in scholarly publishing. The survey instrument served not only to assess current practice, but also to inform and educate responders on DEI practices. In the survey, DEI was broadly defined to include composition of contributors (authors, reviewers, editors) as well as content and format of published material. Questions in the survey included multiple choice, ranking, and open-ended responses for current and anticipated practices. A selection of questions were repeated from the 2018 survey to review trends over time. Results from both years indicate satisfaction with the ability to find the journal online (discoverability), journal usage, and archiving as well as the quality and promptness of the service team. Open-ended comments enabled nuanced responses, important for questions such as “In your opinion, what can editors and publishers do to reduce barriers faced by under-represented or marginalized scholars in academic publishing?” Survey results are shared with participants, while respecting privacy, and inform publishing program development. The survey introduced a number of DEI practices and considerations for journal publishers. Related topics were featured during the Libraries’ Publishers Round Table series before and after the survey was distributed. This annual assessment tool impacts the journal publishing program policies and educational programs, and guides development of future services.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Panel: Publishing Services That Leverage Open Access and Scholarly Communications Expertise

Day: Monday, May 4, 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Room: TBD

(Re)defining a library’s journal hosting service

Presenters: Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto; Graeme Slaght, University of Toronto

Description: Whether your library is currently planning a journal hosting service or has been offering one for a while, you may find yourself wondering if this service truly reflects the goals of your institution and best practices in scholarly publishing. For example, does your service support subscription journals as well as open access journals? Is there a requirement that journals distribute their content under an open license? Is there an expectation that hosted journals would follow best practices and publishing standards that would facilitate their inclusion in indices, directories, and databases, such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)? At the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), a journal hosting service was offered long before the library’s Open Access Support criteria were formalized, and as a result the two were rather out of sync. In this presentation we will go over the UTL’s collaborative cross-campus project to examine the two sets of criteria and align its hosting service with the library’s goals for open access support and with best practices in scholarly publishing.

Conducting a copyright audit on hosted journals and best practices for training and documentation

Presenters: Jessica Lange, McGill University, Ana Rogers-Butterworth, McGill University

Description: Many small journal programs operate on a ‘hosting and advising’ model. In such models, the publisher provides hosting and technical support and acts as an advisor to journals on issues such as indexing, copyright etc. While this model has its benefits (streamlined, easy, low cost) it has some challenges, particularly as journal editors may or may not take the advice, read documentation, or follow through on the publisher’s suggestions. In reviewing the copyright information on the library’s journals sites, it was apparent that although the library was providing copyright advice to their hosted journals, many were not following through on their recommendations. To confirm this suspicion, the librarian conducted a ‘copyright audit’ of the journals in their publishing program based on the recommendations of Vanderjagt (2017). In line with the findings of Scholsser (2016), the audit revealed that most journals were not following suggested best practices. This has led the librarian to re-evaluate the publishing program’s training and onboarding program as well as its documentation.

This session will discuss how to conduct a copyright audit at your own institution and will describe the revised training model for the library’s hosted OJS journals. The session will also include a brief discussion of how small journal-publishing programs can get their journals to act on the publishing program’s copyright advice and incorporate it into the journal’s publishing practices.

Schlosser, M. (2016). Write up! A study of copyright information on library-published journals. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 4. DOI:

Vanderjagt, L. (2017). Bridging the Gap: Best Practices for OA Journals Articulating Policies for Open Repository Archiving. Presentation at the Public Knowledge Project Conference, Montreal, Canada.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Experimental Session: XML Publishing Workflows: Tools, Practices, and the Future

Day: Tuesday, May 5, 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
Room: TBD

Presenter: James MacGregor, Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

Description: Publishers, hosting institutions and upstream services are increasingly investing in XML as part of the scholarly publishing process, and new tools are being developed to reduce both the cost and complexity of publishing in XML. Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has been incredibly active in this space, and is working with other leading community members to establish the best standards and tools for editors, authors and readers. We are very happy to now be able to present the tools available today, and present our plans for the future.

Included in this experimental session will be a demonstration of our Texture JATS editor integration in OJS; a demo of some of the JATS publishing and display tools we have been working on; and an update on our work in the Word->XML conversion space (focusing on Grobid and meTypeset in particular). We will also discuss our current development roadmap, including a review of the gaps in the workflow we have already identified, and then invite discussion on any aspect of this publishing workflow and associated set of tools. Finally, we will provide a test environment for session participants to use at their leisure throughout the rest of the conference, and will be available for follow-up questions.

LPC Forum 2020
March 10, 2020

Panel: Creativity at the Forefront: User-oriented and Shared Infrastructure Services

Day: Monday, May 4,  2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: TBD

That’s a pretty big job, eh? Supporting Open Infrastructure in CanadaLessons from Coalition Publica

Presenters: Jessica Clark, Coalition Publica/Érudit; James MacGregor, Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

Description: North of the 49th parallel, an ambitious national project is afoot to build open infrastructure for digital scholarly publishing and research. Known as Coalition Publica (, this project is spearheaded by partners Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), two long-established Canadian leaders in scholarly communication.

Officially launched in 2017, Coalition Publica has developed both technical infrastructure and a harmonized suite of services in consultation with the Canadian scholarly communications community, combining PKP’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Érudit’s centralized dissemination platform ( Almost 40 journals, based at 20 different hosting institutions, are now benefiting from Coalition Publica’s infrastructure and services.
But providing support across the miles—sorry, kilometres—isn’t easy and the Coalition Publica team has learned valuable lessons about supporting open infrastructure in a distributed context, in areas such as coordinating distributed teams, de/centralizing information, managing documentation, and communications with stakeholders. Jessica Clark, Coalition Publica Project Coordinator, and James MacGregor, PKP’s Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services, will share their experiences of marshalling a distributed support network across 10 provinces, two official languages, and a growing number of evolving priorities.
While the Canadian context presents some unique challenges, Coalition Publica’s experience may be informative for other open infrastructure projects, seeing as these are an increasingly common approach to providing national-level scholarly publishing support. James and Jessica also hope to exchange with LPF attendees about their challenges and successes in supporting open infrastructure or similar distributed projects.