March 10, 2022

Panel: VT-115

Day/Time: Thursday, May 19, 1:15pm – 2:15pm

Out in the Open: Launching a Diamond Open Access Book Hosting Service


  • Rebecca Wojturska, University of Edinburgh


With developing guidance and policies around Open Access publishing for academic books, and with relatively high book processing charges (BPCs) from publishers, it is more important than ever for libraries to engage with open access book publishing to provide support for their academics and students. It is even more important to be transparent about the process, so that we can foster an open community between libraries, providing viable alternative publishing solutions for the research community.

Edinburgh University Library offers a Diamond Open Access journal hosting service, and recently launched a complimentary book hosting platform, bringing both services under the rebranded name of Edinburgh Diamond. Edinburgh Diamond is free of charge to Edinburgh staff and students, and enables them to publish journals, textbooks, monographs and edited collections with full library support in the areas of hosting (via OJS & OMP), technical support, indexing, policy development, best-practice guidance and workflow training. The rebranded service launched in October 2021 and we are keen to document and share our journey with the library community throughout the world.

During the presentation I will reflect on the timeline, successes and learning points of launching the book hosting service and of the rebrand, and provide recommendations and conclusions to attendees. I will also discuss how to sustainably grow a books hosting service and how it is useful in supporting teaching and learning. Finally, I will consider the technical requirements of the project, and gather anecdotal evidence from academic and student users to document the successes of the project and launch.

The primary audience for this presentation is the librarian who is beginning their own book hosting service, or who is considering it, as well as those interested in open book publishing.

Learning objectives
· Learn about the tools required for launching a books hosting service from scratch
· Find out more about Diamond Open Access publishing in the library landscape
· Hear about lessons learned along the way, as well as advice and tips if anyone is considering launching their own book hosting service

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)


Braulio Munoz is both a scholar and a Professor Emeritus Braulio Muñoz is both a scholar and a novelist; his latest work, The Always Already, is a magical realism epic focusing on indigenous characters and cultures from Peru. Traditional publishing wasn’t a good fit for his latest novel–the epic length and mixed format with bilingual songs made it difficult to market–so we worked together to publish it as a print-on-demand book and as an ebook. Within six months, we brought a book into the world that’s been in the making for the past decade.

This presentation will be a case study of how an early publishing program at a small library with limited staff explored publishing fiction. Scholarly Communications Librarian Maria Aghazarian will provide a timeline of the project, associated costs, campus collaborations, unexpected roadblocks, lessons learned, and proposed next steps for our publishing program. Braulio Muñoz will speak about how this process compared with his experience in traditional publishing.

The audience will leave with: a model timeline and checklist for the publishing process; suggestions for skill building with limited resources; and a renewed sense of publishing opportunities in their communities.

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


The presentation will show the experiences of Brazilian university libraries with publishing services, especially of materials such as books, theses, dissertations, textbooks, and other alternatives. This study rethinks the contribution of the university library regarding scientific communication, with the premise around librarians leading execution of publishing services of knowledge products made by the university staff and/or academic community in general, considering a transparent, accessible, inclusive system. For better comprehension around this subject, a bibliographic study was executed. Through literature review, it verified that the subject in Brazil has scarce approach compared to international background, not existing such scope regarding the production of books and alternative materials beyond serials publications. Therefore, decision was to execute a field research with qualitative and quantitative approaches, using semi structured questionnaire as data collecting instrument about the experience in such projects at the Brazilian university libraries population. It got 36 responses representing 25 per cent of feedback, finding five university libraries with experience in editorial production of books, against 31 that do not offer such a service, but presenting their reasons and challenges. It concludes that editorial practices in Brazilian university libraries are still not mature, due to some gaps that each information unit needs to fill, but it develops the potential of librarians in the development of such projects and recommends reading materials to encourage the emergence of these initiatives in National territory.

March 10, 2022

Full Session: Openness is not enough: Dismantling structural inequities on our quest for public knowledge

Day/Time: Thursday, May 19,  1:15pm – 2:15pm


  • Kate Shuttleworth, Public Knowledge Project and Simon Fraser University
  • Amanda Stevens, Public Knowledge Project
  • Patricia Mangahis, Public Knowledge Project


The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) was started in 1998 to equalize access to scholarly research and has since succeeded in enabling the publication of over 25,000 journals worldwide, most of which are open access and many of which are located in the global south. However, when anti-black racism came to the forefront of public discourse in 2020, PKP looked internally and realized that in other ways it reproduces and enforces the structural inequities of the Canadian scholarly publishing community and IT industry.

PKP immediately formed an internal Equity and Inclusion Team (EI Team) to reflect on our practices and drive changes that address inequities and racial injustice. Our goal is to improve organizational transparency and prioritize the inclusion and experiences of members of equity-deserving groups within PKP, its decision-making processes and leadership, and its community.

We will present on the Team’s various initiatives, including a staff survey to assess demographics and experiences, recommendations to increase employment equity and organizational transparency, a community Code of Conduct, and hiring practices to increase diversity. We’ll discuss the outcomes of our work so far, our goals for the future, challenges encountered, and how we can direct this work to increase PKP’s accountability and strengthen our contribution to the global scholarly publishing community.

We’ll call on other presenters and perspective to generate a discussion around

+ the ways our individual lived experiences and positionalities intersect with and impact our approach to this work
+ opportunities for further engagement with this work and future initiatives to undertake
+ challenges of assessing the impact of of our efforts to measure structural change
+ barriers encountered and gaps that remain to be addressed through ongoing commitments to dismantling structural inequities

Attendees will be invited to share their own initiatives, success, experiences, and challenges in these areas via polls, the chat box, and online brainstorming tools.

March 10, 2022


Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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


LSE Library launched Houghton St Press in 2019 as the first university press imprint dedicated to publishing student work. We now have 15 journals on the platform, all publishing student work in a variety of ways. This short session will talk through some of the challenges of the past 2 years and the benefits to the students, library and the university.

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


The faculty at UC Davis Health in collaboration with the California Digital Library (CDL) and Blaisdell Medical Library recently released Ultrasound in Resource-Limited Settings: A Case Based, Open Access Text. This interactive online text aims to provide an open access clinical resource for radiologists and clinicians who practice ultrasound in low and limited resourced healthcare settings. The project’s lead editors have been teaching and using ultrasound for many years in some of the least resourced healthcare settings in the world. In these regions, most people have no access to diagnostic imaging.  Ultrasound is particularly positioned to help fill this gap as the most portable, inexpensive, and versatile form of diagnostic imaging.

While standard, Western texts offer ample education about diseases that are common throughout the world, the project editors noticed that diseases that are common in resource-limited and tropical regions are often left out of guides and texts because the conditions are no longer common in the Western world. Ultrasound in Resource-Limited Settings: A Case Based, Open Access Text, aims to close that gap.

The team paired with the California Digital Library’s eScholarship Publishing Program to identify a platform to best showcase the project – one that could combine text, images and videos in a meaningful way, and could deliver the material efficiently over low-bandwidth connections. Manifold was identified as a perfect fit for the project, and members of the Manifold team at University of Minnesota assisted in getting the project off the ground.

In this brief project case study, attendees will learn how the combination of campus-based subject expertise, library publishing services and open source tools enabled the creation and global dissemination of this important work. Attendees will also have an opportunity to engage with the presenters during Q&A.

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


Although the ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) is often associated in the library world with scholarly journals, ISSN can be applied to such diverse ongoing publications that libraries might issue such as blogs, institutional repositories, newsletters, databases, conference proceedings, serial zines as well as popular publications such as magazine sold on Amazon. This presentation will be a tour of the wide world of ISSN and provide information on how libraries can apply for ISSN whether prior to publication, during publication, and even after publication has ceased. Benefits include exposure for your publication by high quality bibliographic records in the LC OPAC, LC MARC Distribution Service, OCLC WorldCat, and open data in the international ISSN Portal.

March 10, 2022

Full Session: NGLP: Pilot implementations have launched!

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18,  4:00pm – 5:00pm


  • Kate Herman, NGLP
  • Dave Pcolar, NGLP
  • Andy Byers, Janeway
  • Catherine Mitchell, CDL
  • Clay Farr, Longleaf Services


The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project is an Arcadia-funded collaborative effort to improve publishing pathways and choices for authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructure to support library publishers. Now in its third year, the Next Generation Library Publishing project has completed the first development phase of its two open source components, the Web Delivery Platform (WDP) and the Analytics Dashboard (AD). The current phase of the project seeks to implement the components to address specific use cases for library publishers through a series of projects and pilots.

This presentation will highlight the recently-launched NGLP pilots, allowing each of the three service provider partners (California Digital Library, Janeway, and Longleaf Services) to describe their service offering and how it is tailored to their pilot partners’ needs. These presentations will take the form of case studies, outlining the different context and priorities of each pilot (a consortial publishing solution, a unified journal and IR solution, and a scalable journal publishing solution) before jumping into the specifics of timeline, resourcing, business modeling, and pilot evaluation plans. Service provider panelists will then discuss the potential for service models following the pilot phase – in particular, engaging with the challenges of implementing values-aligned service models.

March 10, 2022

Panel: VW-245

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

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


In summer 2021, while our campus was still fully remote, two library employees (one a writing center director, the other a community engagement and open education librarian) were asked to collaborate with a team of researchers (faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students), who were setting out to bring fresh life to an institutionally supported press. Building on the press’s previous focus on social justice, EDI, and community collaboration, the press sought new collaborations with community, the library, and the writing centre to centre Open Access and accessibility of multimodal materials.

Through this talk we would like to highlight some of our significant learning moments as partners in the iterative process of developing the press’s new Open Access directions/foundations. First, we would like to feature how the lead researcher established a working environment that centred care and support for the team. This process helped us, a librarian and writing centre director, feel included as partners on the editorial team rather than ancillary service providers.

A second lesson is largely a result of the first: both of us expanded our vision of our own work. The press, which is committed to supporting multiple modalities of knowledge creation and community engaged-research, caused us to consider aspects of our own intersected and supported non-traditional formats of scholarship including but not limited to podcasting, digital exhibits, ceremony, and graphic novels. As a result, taking the time to explore and collect information was integral to this project. The student editorial assistants, with support from the rest of the editorial team, were instrumental in writing environmental scans on many aspects of the project which informed the mission, values, and commitments of the press.

Finally, we experienced working on a project that centered social justice in its mission and values. From author agreements to open access licensing, the press centred Indigenous knowledges and consistently considered its relationality to the Indigenous peoples and their territory on which the press is situated.

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


Library presses and publishing programs have experts with skills and infrastructure to support discoverability and metadata creation that many smaller publishers lack. Many of these publishers, including both academic-owned publishers in low- and middle-income countries and many independent scholarly/learned society publishers, are at the same time concerned about visibility, transitioning to open access, and their future as an independent publishing organization. There is a definite need for technological expertise among smaller independent publishers. Library presses could reach out to such publishers and provide support with infrastructure, metadata, and other aspects of discoverability and preservation, but how can libraries and presses identify publishers with similar values who would be strong partners?

The Library Partnership (LP) certification is one approach; it updates and improves the former Publishers Acting as Partners with Public Institutions (PAPPI) evaluation system. LP certification includes a rubric that scores publishers’ practices in four areas: Access, Rights, Community, and Discoverability. Publishers earn credits or points for each practice that meets library values. Similar to LEED certification for architecture, LP certification determines how well a publisher’s practices align with professional values of librarianship. For library presses, LP certification scores can help identify strong potential publishing partners that need support with metadata, discoverability, preservation, and so on. Entering into such partnerships may help libraries meet goals related to supporting and maintaining a diverse publishing ecosystem and encouraging openness.

Presenters will introduce the LP certification rubric, discuss the scores earned by several publishers selected in a sample, and suggest potential next steps a library press might consider with each publisher in the sample. Presenters encourage and invite questions and ideas on the rubric criteria, the overall utility to library presses, the strengths and limitations of a scoring system, and the possibilities and challenges in actualizing such a certification.

Critique of “Transformative” Reasons


  • Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg


This session will summarize some of the major categories of the critiques of “transformative” agreements. Perspectives that critique negotiation approaches, the continued bundling of costs into large agreements, market concentrations, decline in scholarly standards, analysis of whether OA goals are even being met by TAs, as well as major equity and diversity concerns will be summarized and discussed.

March 10, 2022

Full Session: Where are all the books? Why OA ebook authors don’t get the recognition they deserve and how we can fix the situation

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2:45pm – 3:45pm


  • Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Terri Geitgey, Program Manager, Lever Press
  • Jeff Edmunds, Digital Access Coordinator, Penn State University Libraries


Research information management (RIM) systems support the aggregation of an institutional bibliography to support use cases as diverse as expertise discovery, strategic reporting, and faculty activity reviews. RIM is a rapidly growing investment area in North American research institutions, as documented in a recent OCLC Research report,

RIM systems take advantage of metadata harvesting at scale from sources like Web of Science and Scopus to collect this institutional bibliography. However, while the ability to harvest and reuse publications metadata is good for STEM journal articles, it is poor for scholarly monographs, disproportionately impacting humanities content. In fact, metadata about scholarly monographs and their chapters rarely makes it through the academic publishing supply chain to populate the RIM profiles of their creators, even at the same institution!

This presentation will examine the leaky pipeline from publisher to numerous other systems, and ultimately to readers, where metadata is lost, garbled, and sometimes added to in unpredictable and nonstandard ways. Using examples from library-based OA book publishers, the presenters will document the problems with the publishing supply chain. They will trace this from metadata creation in a title management system, to the assignment (or not!) of persistent identifiers, on to its distribution to vendors via ONIX, then on to its collection (or not!) in integrated library systems, publication indexes, and RIM systems.

We will also discuss the imperative for persistent identifiers in scholarly publishing, both for disambiguation and machine readability. We will also engage participants in reflection about the metadata journey within their own publishing operations and seek to collectively discuss solutions that will better serve libraries, universities, and, most importantly, scholars.

March 10, 2022

Full Session: Assessing Library Publishing Programs

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18,  1:30pm – 2:30pm


  • Johanna Meetz, The Ohio State University
  • Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona


Assessment of library publishing programs can take many forms. It can be formal or informal, internally motivated or externally requested. In our presentation we share our experience with two different approaches to the assessment of library publishing programs at Ohio State University and the University of Arizona.

At Ohio State University, our assessment was internally motivated. In 2020, the department was fully staffed for the first time in many years, so it was a good time to gather information and reflect on our current practices in order to move forward in an informed and purposeful way. We talked with some of our journal editors, with our internal collaborators (IT department, subject librarians, and copyright services department), and internally among the staff of our department. This assessment enforced the importance of communication, highlighted the services stakeholders value the most, and allowed us to rethink our workflows to create more standardized and sustainable practices. It also resulted in additional collaboration and created new connections across the Libraries.

Library publishing at the University of Arizona had grown haphazardly over the years since the service began in 1994. The 2019 assessment was driven by an immediate need to identify alternative hosting options to replace a locally hosted, though out-of-date, version of OJS. However, as the service had never been formally evaluated, we took the opportunity to look at the history and scope of the service, with the intention to identify a sustainable service plan. The evaluation process resulted in a major restructuring of the service, migration of content to two hosting platforms, alignment of the publishing service goals with those of the Libraries, and an articulated plan of action to remedy gaps in best practices for library publishing.

March 10, 2022

Full Session: Inclusive Approaches to Open Access monograph funding: beyond the book processing charge

Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18,  1:30pm – 2:30pm


  • 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


This session explores alternative funding models for Open Access books that seek to maximise diversity and inclusion, by moving beyond the standard BPC-based approaches. Book Processing Charges favour wealthier institutions and academics and those whose research funding is already secure. This defeats the goal of Open Access to maximise access and contribution to academic research, and it stultifies academic fields. Alternative approaches are needed to broaden the ability of scholars from less privileged institutions to access research, and to publish books Open Access.

This session will showcase the COPIM Project’s work in making these alternative approaches a reality. Speakers will present on three strands of our work, beginning with an overview of the Open Book Collective (OBC) – a non-profit, community-governed platform and organisation that will facilitate the exchange of information and funding between OA book publishers, infrastructure providers, and libraries. The OBC embodies the benefits and values of collaboration over competition in OA publishing.

We’ll also highlight Thoth, an open metadata management and dissemination system tailored to tackle the problems of getting Open Access works into the (closed) book supply chain and library catalogues.

Finally, we’ll discuss our innovative funding model Opening the Future as an example of how mutually supportive collaborations between publishers and libraries can unlock OA for books to the benefit of all.

The presentations will be followed by audience discussion of the different funding models that libraries and library publishers have explored, collective or otherwise, including benefits and drawbacks. As more schemes and partnerships emerge, libraries will increasingly need to be able to navigate and assess OA options more simply, and with policy changes on the horizon, publishers will need to explore their OA choices. Our session promises to tease out these important discussions from all stakeholders in the library and publishing communities.

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

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    • Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center – $149 per night

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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!
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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]

April 8, 2021

Invited Plenary: No More Apologies: LIS Publishing Reimagined

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

Speaker list

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


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

April 8, 2021

Invited Plenary: Interweaving the golden threads into a publishing service

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

April 2, 2021

Keynote: Opening minds to open infrastructure

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

Keynote Speaker: Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney

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

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

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

April 2, 2021

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

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

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Westbrooks

Elaine Westbrooks

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

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

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

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr4b

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

An Update from the DOAJ and the LPC Community Relationship


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Case Study: Publishing Multilingual Open Access International Peer Reviewed Journals


  • Jill Krefft, Florida International University


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

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

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr4a

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

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


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


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

Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship


  • Jonathan Greenberg, NYU Libraries
  • Karen Hanson, Portico


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

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

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

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

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

Growing a sustainable publishing technology service for libraries


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


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

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr2

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

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


  • Emma DiPasquale, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library


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

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


  • Jason Boczar, University of South Florida


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

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

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

Learnings from Our First Virtual Book Launch


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


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

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

In this presentation, we will:

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

March 19, 2021

Panel Fr1

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

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


  • Mikael Böök, IFLA (personal affiliate)


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

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

“Transformative Agreements” & Library Publishing: A Short Examination


  • Dave S. Ghamandi, University of Virginia


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

March 19, 2021

Panel Th2

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

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


  • Dana Ospina, California State University, Dominguez Hills


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

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

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


  • Gabe Feldstein, Boston College


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

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

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

Adapting Podcasts to a Digital Humanities Practice


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


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

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

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

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

March 19, 2021

Panel Th1b

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

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


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


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

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

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


  • Dr. Johannah Duffy, Marino Institute of Education


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

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

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

The Evolving Scholar rethinks the publishing and publication processes


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


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