The LPC’s Professional Development Committee coordinates a regular webinar series to provide opportunities to share knowledge, discuss on-the-ground experiences, and build on community expertise. Webinar recordings are made openly available here.

October 4, 2018

Publisher as Researcher

Date and time: Tuesday, November 6th, 1:00pm Eastern / 10:00am Pacific
Panelists: Laurie Taylor (University of Florida), Daniel Tracey (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Charlotte Roh (University of San Francisco), and John Warren (George Washington University)
Moderator: Karen Bjork (Portland State University)

This panel discussion covered ways Librarians can engage in researching library publishing, with a particular emphasis on the following:

  • How to research library publishing?
  • How to successfully connect with others to collaborate on research?
  • How to decide where to submit your research?
  • What are some of the benefits, to yourself and to the field, of publishing your research?

Panelist bios:

Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco, where she manages the institutional repository, the library publishing program, the copyright advisory team, and the open education program.

Laurie Taylor is Chair of the Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department at the University of Florida, Digital Scholarship Director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and Editor-in-Chief for the LibraryPress@UF.

Daniel G. Tracy is the Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at the University of Illinois Library and researches issues related to user experience and digital publishing.

John Warren is Director and Associate Professor in the Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program at George Washington University. He has authored several articles about publishing and the evolution of e-books, and most recently authored the Impact module for the Library Publishing Curriculum.

Karen Bjork is the Head of Digital Initiatives at Portland State University, where she manages the institutional repository and the library publishing program.

February 6, 2018

Figuring it out together: Building foundational knowledge for OER publishing

Date and time: Wednesday, February 6th, 2pm Eastern
Presenters: Karen Lauritsen, managing director, Open Textbook Network; Karen Bjork, head of digital initiatives at Portland State University; Carla Myers, assistant librarian and coordinator of scholarly communications for the Miami University Libraries

Join us for a conversation about building OER publishing capacity at your institution. In what we hope will be an interactive session, we will explore expectations, goals, and possibilities around designing open textbook publishing programs. We’ll discuss how programs and services can evolve, and how two institutions are dealing with tensions around finding time, defining roles, and securing funding. We’ll discuss the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative and how it’s being leveraged in a variety of institutional contexts, as well as the new Open Textbook Publishing Curriculum, which are living modules designed to support your work. We’ll also highlight the power of community in providing support and combating isolation. Bring your questions with you, including the goals and challenges you are anticipating or confronting in your own OER publishing programs.

This event is part of the 2019 Library Publishing Coalition/Open Textbook Network webinar exchange.

February 1, 2018

Best practices in open access publishing

Date and time: Thursday, March 15, 12:00pm Eastern
Presenter: Claire Redhead, Executive Director, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
Moderator: Melanie Schlosser, LPC Community Facilitator

In this webinar, Claire Redhead, the Executive Director of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), shares a global perspective on the OA publishing landscape, and explains the role that her organization plays in promoting high standards for OA scholarship, as well as explaining OASPA’s membership criteria.

View the slides from this webinar

January 17, 2018

Copyright and Creative Commons: Publishing with open licenses

Date and time: Tuesday, January 30, 1-2pm EST
Meredith Jacob, Public Lead for Creative Commons USA
Moderators: Barbara DeFelice (Dartmouth College) and Rhonda Marker (Rutgers University)

Publishing under an open license can have significant benefits for researchers, educators, and students – as well as boosting innovation and improving access to knowledge – but navigating copyright, fair use, and licensing isn’t easy. Creative Commons licenses are designed to help simplify the process, but they operate in this complex environment. In this webinar, you will learn how to apply different Creative Commons licenses in the publishing context, and delve into questions such as what “non-commercial” means, how to handle 3rd party copyrighted content in a CC licensed work, and what attribution is all about in the CC context.

As Public Lead for Creative Commons USA, Meredith Jacob maintains the core legal guidance around Creative Commons licenses.

December 12, 2017

Creating Accessible PDFs

Date and time: Tuesday, December 12, 12:00pm Eastern/9:00am Pacific
Presenter: Carli Spina, Boston College Libraries
Moderator: Amanda Makula, University of San Diego (LPC Professional Development Committee)

This webinar covers the requirements for PDF accessibility, including how to create an accessible PDF and how to evaluate and confirm the accessibility of existing PDFs. In addition to the video above, the presenter has made her slides available.

About the presenter: Carli Spina is the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. She holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working, writing, and presenting on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and services for patrons with disabilities. She was the inaugural chair of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has also served as the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She regularly teaches courses, workshops, and webinars on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and technology. You can contact her on Twitter where she is @CarliSpina.

September 7, 2017

Hypothes.is for Web Annotation

Presenters: Hypothes.is staff Heather Staines (Director of Partnerships) and Jeremy Dean (Director of Education)
Organized by: LPC Professional Development Committee

July 27, 2017

ORCID in Publishing Workflows

Presenter: Alice Meadows, ORCID Director of Community Engagement & Support
Organized by: LPC Professional Development Committee

April 26, 2016

Analytics for Library Publishers


10 Altmetrics Trends to Watch if You are a Library Publisher
As scholarly communications have moved from print to online, the ecosystem of tools to quantify engagement and impact have evolved as well.  We will discuss trends affecting publishing in our digitally connected world, and how data can be mined and analyzed to both inform publishers and attract and engage authors.

Demonstrating journal impact with PlumX at the University of Pittsburgh
Academic publishers are facing increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, and library publishers are no exception.  Discover how the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh is using Plum Analytics to demonstrate impact for its 40 scholarly journal titles.   We will show aggregated analytic data at the journal level as well as metrics demonstrating the impact of individual journal articles.  We will also discuss our development of an Open Journal Systems (OJS) plugin for embedding PlumX into any OJS journal, and our proof of concept with the NISO SUSHI-Lite Working Group to show how this new standard can be used with a journal publishing platform like OJS to provide article-level usage data to any altmetrics system.


Andrea Michalek, President of Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company

Andrea Michalek co-founded Plum Analytics, with the vision of bringing more modern ways of telling the stories of research to individuals and organizations that fund, perform or publish research. Previously Andrea founded and was the Chief Technologist of EchoFactor, a spin-off division of Infonautics, that auto-categorized the open web into thousands of topic-based news feeds. In 2001, Andrea founded Topular LLC, a consulting practice where she served as an interim technology executive for software companies. Through her consulting, she has helped dozens of startups successfully launch their products. In 2007 Andrea helped launch the Summon® web-scale discovery service at Serials Solutions where she was Director of Technology. In 2013, Andrea and her Plum Analytics team joined EBSCO Information Services as a wholly owned subsidiary. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Science in computer science from Villanova University.

Timothy S. Deliyannides, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh 
As Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications and Publishing and Head of IT, Tim Deliyannides is responsible for the extensive electronic publishing initiatives of the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Tim has spent the last 15 years working with academic units and scholarly associations to promote Open Access to research and to help transform models of scholarly publishing. Tim oversees the publication of 40 scholarly peer-reviewed journals in addition to numerous author self-archiving repositories containing conference proceedings, electronic theses and dissertations, pre-print publications, and other grey literature such as white papers and technical reports.

March 9, 2016

Accessibility and Usability for Web Publications


Parallel discussions are currently happening about open access and accessibility but I strongly believe that these two critical topics needs to be viewed as a part of the same discourse. What is open access if its not open to all readers and conversely what is accessible if only to a small number of readers? Libraries have started to develop important strategies to accommodate users with print disabilities but with copyright limitations these materials are only available to a select few. Open knowledge should be accessible to everyone. This talk will focus on “what if?” we looked at open access and accessibility and scholarly communications as one and the same?

About Katya Pereyaslavska

Katya Pereyaslavska (M.A., M.I.) is currently seconded to the Association of Research Libraries as a Visiting Program Officer for Accessibility and Universal Design and tasked with raising awareness of inclusive library practices and accessible publishing. In her day-to day role as the Accessibility Librarian at Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, Katya has been responsible for the development of a service and major research initiatives such as the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE), Accessibility Information Toolkit for Libraries and the Report on Accessible Media (ROAM).  Dedicated to leadership and project management, Katya has completed the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and has mentored young professionals through a series of workshops on accessibility and copyright at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and Western University.


February 17, 2016

XML Document Parsing & Publishing: PKP Smarter Scholarly Texts Project


This talk is intended for editors, editorial assistants, journal managers, XML aficionados, developers, and anyone else who has an interest in document format conversion and parsing. We’ll be examining PKP’s current XML parsing kit, discussing the merits of automated vs. manual markup, and discussing how to accommodate an XML-based workflow with currently available tools. If you’re interested in producing National Library of Medicine JATS XML content from authors’ Word document submissions with a minimum of effort, and getting matching HTML/PDF/ePub output, you should be interested in this webinar!

About Alex Garnett

Alex Garnett, is Data Curation and Digital Preservation Librarian at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. At SFU Library, he works on initiatives relating to the new Research Data Repository; at the Public Knowledge Project, he works on new tools for automatic typesetting and rendering of scholarly articles, and at SFU Archives, he works on implementing digital preservation tools such as Archivematica and BitCurator. His father was a regular expression.

January 28, 2016

Getting Your Copyright Ducks in a Row


There are a lot of copyright issues, big and little, obvious and more obscure, that may come up in Library Publishing. Ownership, permissions, licensing, rights transfer, credits, and more: this session will explore the issues, and solutions or practices that may work for a variety of institutions. This will serve as an introduction to issues for those new to Library Publishing, and as an opportunity for more experienced individuals to ask questions and offer their own perspectives. Open licensing issues will be integrated throughout.

December 9, 2015

Submission Management for Library Publishers


Is your inbox overflowing with attachments? Are your journal editors looking for an easier way to communicate with authors and reviewers? Join the Library Publishing Coalition’s Professional Development Committee for a discussion of submission management and a brief demo of Submittable. Submittable allows publishers to manage submissions and editorial workflows efficiently and securely, providing customized submission and review forms, automated tasks and notifications, and seamless integration with a variety of publishing platforms.

About JR Plate

I joined Submittable just over 2 years ago as their 5th full-time employee. The last two years have been incredible; watching Submittable grow and help organizations we work with save valuable time, energy and in most cases money by streamlining their submission or application process. Submittable now has 20 full time employees and 9,000+ customers. We continue to grow on all fronts and are excited about the direction our software platform is headed.

October 19, 2015

Open, Networked Textbooks: Building an Ecosystem


There is a huge and important push in academia towards Open Textbooks. This is as much about academia controlling the tools of their information trade as it is about lowering costs and increasing accessibility for students. This webinar will explore some thoughts about how the Open Textbook movement can become a thriving ecosystem, and how university library and academic publishing centers can contribute to making that vision a reality.

About Hugh McGuire

“Literary technologist” Hugh McGuire is the founder of LibriVox, a open source publisher of public domain audiobooks, and pressbooks.com, an online book production platform. Pressbooks is being used by a variety of Open Textbook projects, including BC Campus (in Canada), University of Minnesota, Lumen Learning and others. Pressbooks recently launched Pressbooks EDU, focused on academia, and in particular Open Textbooks.

Hugh is also co-editor, with Brian O’Leary, of Book: a Futurist’s Manifesto — Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing, published by O’Reilly in 2012

About Pressbooks

Pressbooks EDU can turn any faculty, department or library into a mini-publisher, giving them the ability to create books that are accessible on all platforms: in print, and on all smartphones, tablets, Kindles and computers. In addition to supporting open textbooks projects,Pressbooks is already working in academia, by powering the publication of scholarly monographs, course texts, dissertations and other documents. Pressbooks clients include The University of Minnesota Press, Tufts University School of Medicine, Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan Library, Harvard Business Review Press and Fortress Press.