Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) members comprise a robust network of libraries committed to enhancing, promoting, and exploring this growing field. Our members include academic and research libraries and library consortia that have or are considering library publishing programs.
Membership Benefits: The LPC is a vibrant community that is strongly member-driven. Specific benefits of membership include the opportunity to:
- Engage with an international community of practice
Membership includes access to the LPC listserv, the opportunity to attend member-only events such as roundtable discussions, and special registration rates to the annual Library Publishing Forum.
- Jump-start or enhance your library publishing initiatives
Membership includes access to the LPC’s Shared Documentation Library, where members share everything from checklists for starting new journals to model MOUs. A webinar series brings members together with leading experts and creators of tools and services.
- Lead change in scholarly communications and publishing
Members have voting rights in the Coalition and can serve on committees and task forces that directly advance the field of library publishing.
Eligibility: Academic and research libraries and library consortia that have or are considering library publishing programs are eligible for membership in the LPC. We welcome members from around the world; however, we comply with U.S. regulations and sanctions and cannot admit libraries in nations where U.S. trade sanctions apply.
Dues: Membership in the LPC is by institution and dues are $2,000 USD per year (July through June).
Committees & Task Forces
As a member-driven organization, much of the work of the Library Publishing Coalition is undertaken by members through standing committees and task forces. The LPC Board issues an annual call for volunteers in the spring, and any staff member from an LPC Member institution may volunteer to serve.
Directory Committee: The Directory Committee produces the annual Library Publishing Directory. The Directory documents the current range of library publishing activities around the world, connects library publishing professionals, and helps additional libraries to envision and develop publishing services.
Professional Development Committee: The Professional Development Committee assesses the professional development needs of LPC’s membership, and plans webinars and other professional development opportunities throughout the year.
Program Committee: The Program Committee creates the program for the annual Library Publishing Forum, and oversees and assists Educopia staff in planning the Forum.
Research Committee: The Research Committee develops the research agenda for the LPC and promotes and conducts research relevant to library publishing. It also awards the annual LPC Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing.
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (2019-2020)
Publication Award Task Force (2019-2020)
Strategic Affiliates Program
To facilitate collaboration and open communication, the Library Publishing Coalition welcomes peer organizations as strategic affiliates. See our list of current affiliates.
Eligibility: To be eligible for affiliate status, an organization must be membership-based, must have a focal area in scholarly communications, and must have substantial engagement with libraries, publishers, or both. It must also provide an equivalent affiliate opportunity (formal or informal) within its organization for the LPC. On a case-by-case basis, the LPC Board may admit to the program other mission-aligned non-profit organizations that do not currently have a membership structure in place. We encourage interested organizations who do not meet the criteria for the Strategic Affiliates Program to look at our Publishers and Service Providers Program.
Benefits: One or more staff members (or elected leadership, in the case of organizations that do not have paid staff) of the affiliate organization may enroll in the LPC’s member email list and may attend webinars, roundtables, and other non-fee-based, member-only events.
Other engagement: We work with our strategic affiliates to identify other benefits and engagement opportunities on a case-by-case basis. These may take the form of collaborative projects (e.g. joint task forces or collaboratively developed professional development opportunities), negotiated one-off benefits for members (e.g. scholarship opportunities or discounted event registrations), negotiated ongoing benefits for members (e.g. membership fee waivers or discounts). Negotiated benefits and planned collaborations will be included in the strategic affiliate memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Fees: Strategic affiliates do not pay any fees or membership dues.
How to apply: Organizations interested in coming strategic affiliates of the LPC should contact us. The LPC Board is responsible for determining eligibility for the program and approving new strategic affiliate relationships.
Publishers & Service Providers Program
To encourage communication and collaboration across sectors and to support its operations, the Library Publishing Coalition welcomes non- and for-profit organizations to engage with the LPC community through its Publishers and Service Providers Program.
Eligibility: The program welcomes non- and for-profit publishers and service providers that work with, or provide services of interest to, library publishers. The LPC Board is responsible for determining eligibility for the program and approving sponsor contracts.
Costs and benefits: Costs vary by tier, from free (inclusion in the LPC’s Publishers and Service Providers List) to significant financial support of the organization (with attendant recognition and benefits). Lower paid tiers include only sponsorship of the annual Library Publishing Forum, while higher levels include Forum sponsorship plus organizational sponsorship. See the full program description for details.
Timing: Sponsorship is annual, based on the calendar year. New sponsors may be added at any time, but fees will not be prorated. The Publishers and Service Providers List is updated annually, at which point participants must reaffirm their desire to be included.
LPC Fellowship Program
The LPC Fellowship Program is designed to enable participation in the community by important voices who are not at member institutions, to broaden access to library publishing to underrepresented groups, and to mentor new library publishers. Fellows have access to all LPC membership benefits, including the member listserv, the documentation portal, roundtables, and other member-only events. They also receive travel support to attend the Library Publishing Forum, and benefit from structured opportunities to interact with the LPC community and leadership. As part of their fellowship, each fellow participates in a targeted service or research project. Keep up with the fellows on the LPC Blog via the Fellows Journal.
2019-2021 LPC Fellows
Talea is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Washington State University, where she manages the university’s institutional repository and supports open education initiatives. She has research interests in open pedagogy and web accessibility, especially as these pertain to library publishing and library-based open initiatives. Talea received a Library Publishing Forum First-Time Attendee Scholarship in 2018.
Arthur “AJ” Boston is an assistant professor and scholarly communication librarian at Murray State University Libraries (W. Kentucky, USA). Boston administers Murray State’s institutional repository and directs the MSU Office of Research and Creative Activity. Boston earned his MSLS at the University of Kentucky. Research interests include hip-hop and scholarly communications; research assessment reform; Creative Commons for studio art students; machine learning applications in publishing; citizen science, podcasting, and other tools with potential for engaging the public with the academy. [Twitter: @AJ_Boston / ORCID: 0000-0001-8590-4663]