2022 Library Publishing Forum

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum includes representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works, including publishing vendors, university presses, and scholars. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend.

The 2022 Library Publishing Forum is scheduled to take place at the William Pitt Union in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 25–26, 2022. A virtual preconference is scheduled for May 18 and 19, 2022.


Virtual preconference, online
May 18–19 | 12:00 PM to 5 PM Eastern

In-person Library Publishing Forum, Pittsburgh
May 25–26 | Pittsburgh, PA
Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University


October 6, 2021:

2022 Library Publishing Forum Call For Proposals

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in or considering publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not … Continue reading 2022 Library Publishing Forum Call For Proposals

July 21, 2021:

Finding Connectedness, Inspiration, and Comfort at the 2021 Library Publishing Forum

Last year’s Program Committee was tasked with planning the first born-virtual Library Publishing Forum. Recognizing that a week-long online event would just add to a year’s worth of Zoom fatigue and isolation, they made a concerted effort to add as much compassion and humanity to the experience as they possibly could. (And they managed to … Continue reading Finding Connectedness, Inspiration, and Comfort at the 2021 Library Publishing Forum

June 21, 2021:

2021 Library Publishing Forum videos and slides

Did you miss a session at the virtual 2021 Library Publishing Forum? Maybe want to see one again? Here’s your chance! We’ve been busy in the past few weeks gathering videos, slides, etc., from our second virtual Forum and linking to them from the Forum page on our website.  Though not all sessions are available, … Continue reading 2021 Library Publishing Forum videos and slides

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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: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1649-0879) 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 http://www.laurenbcollister.com

Code of Conduct

All participation in the Library Publishing Forum is subject to the Library Publishing Coalition’s Code of Conduct.


Sponsors of the Library Publishing Forum demonstrate their commitment to the emerging community of library publishers, including their many affiliates and partners. By becoming a sponsor, you will reach a highly influential, international audience of potential new partners and clients. Sponsorship dollars fund the costs associated with hosting this conference (venue, catering, reception).

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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