Keynote Speakers

We’re pleased to share a list of the keynote speakers for the virtual Forum event and for the in-person Forum in Pittsburgh. More information about the speakers and their topics will be posted when available. List is subject to change.

Keynotes for the virtual Forum event (May 18–19)

Dr. Jane Anderson, NYU, co-director, Local Contexts

Jane Anderson is an Associate Professor at New York University in Lenapehoking (New York) and Global Fellow in the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy in the Law School at NYU. Jane has a Ph.D. in Law and works on intellectual and cultural property law, Indigenous rights and the protection of Indigenous/traditional knowledge and cultural heritage. For the last 20 years Jane has been working for and with Indigenous communities to find, access, control, and regain authority and ownership of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property collections and data within universities, libraries, museums and archives. Jane is co-founder of Local Contexts which delivers the Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels and Notices. She is also the co-founder of the Equity for Indigneous Research and Innovation Co-ordinating Hub (ENRICH) which is a collaboration between NYU and the University of Waikato, NZ.

Janne Pölönen, Secretary General, Publication Forum, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies

Janne Pölönen (ORCID: works as the Secretary General of Publication Forum at the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. Since 2010, he has developed the national community-curated quality classification of peer-reviewed journals and book publishers, which supports the performance-based research funding system of Finnish universities. His recent publications are in the fields of research evaluation, bibliometrics, scholarly communication and open science. He is also involved in policy work, including the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication, the National recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland, and EOSC Co-creation project on Making FAIReR Assessments Possible.

Keynotes for the in-person Forum in Pittsburgh (May 25–26)

Christen Smith, Founder of Cite Black Women and Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Christen A. Smith is a Black feminist anthropologist and the creator of Cite Black Women.—a campaign that brings awareness to the race and gender politics of citation, and the erasure of Black women’s intellectual contributions in global society. In 2018 Cite Black Women was listed as one of the Top 10 Issues by Essence Magazine; featured by The Times Higher Education of London. In 2018 Cite Black Women also launched its podcast, which was listed as one of the Top Podcasts by Black Women for Black Women by The Grio in 2019.

In addition to her work on citation and Black women’s intellectual contributions to the Americas, Christen researches the immediate and long-term impact of police violence on Black communities in the Americas–particularly on Black families and Black women. She is the author of Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence and Performance in Brazil , which won Honorable Mention for the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) in 2017. Her research and writing has been featured in a wide range of public media outlets including Democracy Now!, Al-Jazeera, BBC’s World Have Your Say, Pacifica Radio, The New York Times, The Nation, PBS NewsHour, Maclean’s (Canada), The Feminist Wire, and in the Brazilian magazine Caros Amigos.

Christen is an associate professor of anthropology and African and African diaspora studies, and director of the Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Closing Panel

Marcia Rapchak, University of Pittsburgh

Marcia Rapchak is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaching in the MLIS program. Her research and teaching interests include information literacy, online learning, and critical librarianship. Previously, she was Head of Teaching and Learning in Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. She received her MA in English from The Ohio State University, her MSLS from the University of Kentucky, and her doctorate in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University. Marcia is on the Council of Representatives for the union at Pitt and was involved in unionizing efforts since 2019.


Chloe Mills, Robert Morris University

Chloe has recently stepped up to be University Librarian at Robert Morris University after 14 years of working there as a librarian. Prior to moving into administration she was a union member, union liaison, and then union treasurer in her tenure as a faculty librarian. Her research interests are unionization and collective bargaining in higher education, with a focus on the concerns of academic librarians, business librarianship, and library management.
Chloe has her library science MLIS from University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Classical Studies from the University of Illinois. She received a BA in Linguistics and Philosophy from Reed College in Portland, OR. She has worked formerly as a maid, a driver, graduate assistant, video store manager, high school Latin teacher, and phone interviewer. She has two children, Cassius (11) and Anne Elizabeth (7) Cothran Morrissey, whom she manages to raise and love while fulfilling her expanding work duties, maintaining her many meaningful friendships, reading eclectically, and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Rachel Masilamani, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Rachel Masilamani has provided reference and instruction services in academic, public, and special libraries for over 25 years. She believes that libraries are powerful places for breaking down barriers to information access, building communities, and helping everyone access the resources they need to achieve success on their own terms. From 2011-2021,  Rachel assisted entrepreneurs seeking to start their own businesses at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She was also a founding organizer of the United Library Workers (ULW) union, and a bargaining committee representative for first contract negotiations.



Lauren B. Collister, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)

Lauren B. Collister, Ph.D., is the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. She oversees the library publishing program as well as the repository, copyright and intellectual property, and open scholarship initiatives for the library. Building on her background in linguistics, she currently researches language and advocacy for open scholarship, and is co-editor of the 2022 Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management published open access from MIT Press. Read more about Lauren’s work at

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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 [video]

1:15pm – 1:30pm | Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Inclusive Approaches to Open Access monograph funding: beyond the book processing charge [video]
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 [video] [slides]
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 [video]
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 [video]
Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Tennessee; Robin N. Sinn, Director of Collections and Open Strategies, Iowa State University

Critique of “Transformative” Reasons [video]
Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg

3:45pm – 4:00pm | Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions

NGLP: Pilot implementations have launched! [video]
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 [video]
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 [video]
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 [video]
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 [video]

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 [video]
Rebecca Wojturska, University of Edinburgh

Swift: A Case Study in Publishing Fiction [video]
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 [video] [slides]
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 [video]
Arianna Cheveldave, BCcampus; Kaitlyn Zheng, BCcampus

Introducing Lantern: A Multiformat OER Publishing Toolkit [video]
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? [video] | 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  [video] | 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 [video] [slides] | Jill Cirasella, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Gail Steinhart, Cornell University
  • Inclusive Language in NIST Technical Series Publications [video] [slides] | 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 [video]
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 [video]
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] [video] [slides]

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 [slides and other materials]
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 [video] [slides]
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 [video] [slides]
Amy Song, Pressbooks

Conversations with OER Creators: Advice for Accessibility [video] [slides]
Elena Azadbakht, Health Sciences Librarian, University of Nevada Reno; Teresa 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 [slides]
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 [video] [slides]
Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries; Sarah Severson, University of Alberta Library

Using Open Access Publishing to Promote Undergraduate Research [video] [slides]
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 [video] [slides]
Emma Vecellio, Library Relations Manager, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library

The Challenge of Disseminating Metadata on Library Published, Open-Access Books  [video][slides]
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]


Program Committee

  • Sonya Betz, University of Alberta (chair)
  • Jason Boczar, University of South Florida
  •  Emily Carlisle-Johnston, University of Western Ontario
  • Annie Johnson, Temple University
  • Lucinda Johnston, University of Alberta
  • Regina Raboin, UMass Chan Medical Center
  • Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh (host liaison)
  • David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University (host liaison)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

  • Isabel Espinal, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Harrison Inefuku, Iowa State University
  • Alissa Miller, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Yumi Ohira, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Angel Peterson, Penn State University