Upcoming Webinars

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. Unless otherwise indicated, webinar participation is member-only. The recordings are made freely available on this site, however, to help support the larger community of library publishers. To access the recordings, see the list of past webinars.

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)
Call-in info: Will be sent to the LPC member listserv

In this panel discussion, we’ll talk about ways Librarians can engage in researching library publishing. We’ll discuss 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.

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These member-only discussions take place approximately every other month. Each one has a specified topic and an LPC member facilitator, and they often include at least one guest participant. They are informal (no presentations, no recordings), and are designed to give the LPC community an opportunity to discuss a topic of interest, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration and areas that need further investigation or programming. Roundtable discussions are open to all staff at member institutions.

LPC New Member Roundtable

Date: September 20, 2018
Hosted by: The LPC Board
Moderated by: Kate McCready (University of Minnesota, 2018-19 LPC Board President)

If your library recently joined the LPC (whatever ‘recently’ means to you), if you’re new to the community, or if you just want to chat with some new folks, please join us on Thursday, September 20 from 1:00 to 2:00pm ET  for a New Member Roundtable!

The session will be informal, but attendees will have the chance to:

  • Meet members of the Board and colleagues from other member institutions
  • Learn a bit about LPC and opportunities to engage in the community
  • Share challenges, ideas for collaborative projects, and more
  • Ask questions about pretty much anything!

Roundtable, November 2017: bepress

Date: November 17, 2017, 2:00pm EST
Topic: Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress
Hosted by: The LPC Board
Moderated by: Joshua Neds-Fox (Wayne State University)

Many in the LPC community utilize bepress’s Digital Commons to underpin our publishing efforts, open access programs, and scholarly communications outreach. Some also have concerns about the actions of Elsevier, the multi-national scholarly publisher who recently purchased bepress, within the scholarly communication environment. Certainly the purchase is discussion-worthy, and we anticipate that our membership may have practical considerations to share in relation to these two vendors. What do we as individuals, as library representatives, and as a Coalition, think about the acquisition? How does it affect our strategies around publishing and open access? How can we support each other—our colleagues who are staying with bepress and those who are looking to migrate away—in making decisions about future directions, and in working together to support those decisions? Join us for a roundtable discussion addressing the purchase and the potentially complex future of Digital Commons in the academic library.

Roundtable, September 2017: Preservation

Date: September 29, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm EDT
Topic: Preservation
Moderated by: Wendy Robertson (University of Iowa, NASIG)
Guests: Ted Westervelt (Library of Congress), Bronwen Sprout (University of British Columbia, PKP), Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute), Sam Meister (MetaArchive Cooperative)
Co-Sponsors: MetaArchive and NASIG

This is a chance to talk about what LPC members are doing to preserve the content they publish, as well as to learn about some preservation-related programs in our space. Guests and attendees will help us identify ways that the LPC can support its members in preserving their content, and opportunities to partner with other organizations to further the goal of a stable scholarly record. We hope that this will also inspire local conversations, so please feel free to invite staff working on preservation issues elsewhere in your library to attend.

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LPC meetups are informal gatherings at library and scholarly communications events. These events are open to everyone, whether affiliated with an LPC member institution or not, and are a great way to meet colleagues in library publishing and to learn more about the LPC. See below for recent and upcoming meetups.

PKP 2017 International Scholarly Publishing Conference

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Location: Saint-Houblon, 5414 Avenue Gatineau
Organized by: Kevin Hawkins

NASIG Annual Conference

Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017
Organized by: Carol Ann Borchert

Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Organized by: Hillary Corbett

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Community Calendar

The LPC community calendar includes national and regional professional events of relevance to the library publishing community as well as LPC-hosted events and meetups. To submit an event for inclusion, contact melanie@educopia.org.

Nothing from November 15, 2018 to December 14, 2018.