**The winners of the 2019 award have been announced. Please check back in late 2019 for the call for nominations for next year’s award.**


As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research, theory, and innovative practice in library publishing services, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is pleased to support the Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing, which recognizes the best publication from the preceding calendar year. The LPC Research Committee issues an annual call for nominations, evaluates submissions, and selects a recipient for the award.

Award Details

The award recipient receives: 1. A cash prize of $250. 2. One complimentary registration for the Library Publishing Forum. 3. A $500 travel stipend. 4. An opportunity to present the scholarship to the library publishing community.


  • Originality: Submissions must present original research, theory, or practice.
  • Date: Submissions must have been published during the previous calendar year.
  • Format: We define publication broadly, to include research outputs such as an article, monograph, conference paper/proceeding, white paper/report, blog post, thesis/dissertation, multimodal digital project, etc.
  • Open Access: Submissions must be freely available (either via open access publishing or archiving in an open access repository) at the time of nomination. We encourage but do not require Creative Commons-licensed materials.
  • Peer Review: Given the broad definition of “publication” in this process, submissions need not have undergone traditional peer review.
  • Relevance: Submissions must address a topic or question directly related to library publishing services.
  • Author Teams: Submissions with multiple authors are eligible; however, only one cash prize and one Forum registration/travel stipend will be awarded.


Nominations may be made either by the author(s) or by any employee of a LPC member institution. Nominated author(s) do not need to be affiliated with a LPC member institution. The deadline for nominations is January 25, 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

The Research Committee considers the following when making their selection:

  • For theoretical works, the relevance and/or meaningful application to library publishing services of the conceptual framework(s) introduced;
  • For research (or evaluation) works, the appropriateness of the methodology and its execution;
  • For praxis-based works, the applicability of the process or findings to other institutional contexts;
  • The organization and clarity of the writing;
  • The extent to which the submission advances the field of library publishing in terms of its diversity, inclusivity, and/or accessibility;
  • The significance of the findings/conclusion, for example (but not limited to):
    • The immediate utility of the work for library publishing programs
    • The strength of findings that demonstrate value or impact of library publishing services
    • The likelihood that the work will change or influence practice.

Previous Awardees

2019: McCready, K.; Molls, E. Developing a Business Plan for a Library Publishing Program. _Publications_ 2018, 6, 42. https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6040042

2018: Tracy, D. (2017). Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience. College & Research Libraries, 78(2)https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.78.2.16583

2017: Roh, C., & Inefuku, H. (2016). Agents of Diversity and Social Justice: Librarians and Scholarly Communication. In K. Smith & K. A. Dickson (Eds.), Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Policy and Infrastructure (pp. 107–128). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. (edited)

2016: Okerson, A., & Holzman, A. (2015). The Once and Future Publishing Library. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources.