LPC Committees & Task Forces

The standing committees of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) bear responsibility for producing the organization’s deliverables and providing oversight for its operations. Task forces are created in response to specific needs and opportunities identified by LPC’s membership or leadership.

Service on standing committees and task forces is open to any staff member at an LPC member institution. Each spring, the LPC Board issues a call for volunteers for open spots, and then appoints new members to terms beginning on July 1st. Task forces may occasionally be formed at other points in the year; in those cases, a separate call for volunteers will be sent out.

Directory Committee

The directory committee is charged with maintaining the Library Publishing Directory, ensuring that both the print and online versions of the Directory are useful to the membership, and communicating with the membership to ensure currency, accuracy and value of the information contained in the Directory. The goal of the directory is to document the current range of library publishing activities (including costs, staffing, and how libraries are financing these ventures); refine justification and positioning for library-based publishing activities; align library activities in this area with university needs and goals; and help additional libraries to envision and develop publishing services programs.

Current Members

July 2018 – June 2020     Jessica Kirschner, Texas Tech (2019-2020 chair)
July 2018 – June 2020     Robert Browder, Virginia Tech
July 2019 – June 2021     Ellen Dubinsky, University of Arizona
July 2019 – June 2021     Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Chicago
July 2019 – June 2021     Amanda Wentworh, SUNY Geneseo

Program Committee

The Program Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the program at the Library Publishing Forum. The Committee guides decisions about and assists with the planning of the Forum.

Current Members

July 2017 – June 2020   Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota (2019-2020 chair)
July 2018 – June 2020     Sonya Betz, University of Alberta
July 2018 – June 2020     Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
July 2018 – June 2020     Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati
July 2019 – June 2021     Robin Bedenbaugh, University of Tennessee
July 2019 – June 2021     Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
July 2019 – June 2021     Johanna Meetz, Pacific University
July 2019 – June 2020     Regina Raboin, University of Massachusetts Medical Center (Host Liaison, 1-year term)

Research Committee

The Research Committee develops the research agenda for the LPC and promotes and conducts research relevant to library publishing.

Current Members

July 2018 – June 2020     Ian Harmon, West Virginia University (2019-2020 chair)
July 2018 – June 2020     Nicky Agate, Columbia University
July 2018 – June 2020     Jason Boczar, University of South Florida
July 2019 – June 2021     Jennifer Beamer, Claremont Colleges
July 2019 – June 2021     Elizabeth Bedford, University of Washington
July 2019 – June 2021     Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech
July 2019 – June 2021     Matthew Hunter, Florida State University
July 2019 – June 2021     Sarah Wipperman, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee bears primary responsibility for assessing professional development needs and planning and implementing professional development and training opportunities for LPC members throughout the year.

The Committee is also responsible for planning and implementing professional development and training opportunities for LPC members throughout the year. These can include, but are not limited to: webinars from commercial product vendors; webinars from LPC members regarding innovative projects; webinars from other publishers/funders of publishing innovations (e.g., Mellon grant award winners); workshop sessions at the LPC Forum; etc. The Committee can also alert the community to other professional development opportunities being offered that are relevant to the Library Publishing community.

The Committee is also responsible for maintaining the Library Publishing Coalition’s Professional Development LibGuide being hosted at the University of Kentucky.

Current Members

July 2018 – June 2020     Ally Laird, Penn State (2019 – 2020 chair)
July 2018 – June 2020     Emily Cole, George Mason University
July 2018 – June 2020     Devin Soper, Florida State University
July 2019 – June 2021     Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo
July 2019 – June 2021     Amanda Hurford, PALNI
July 2019 – June 2021     Melanie Kowalski, Emory University
July 2019 – June 2021     Jessica Lange, McGill University

Task Forces

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (2019-2020)

This task force will build on the work of the Program Committee’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee by exploring the creation of a standing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee for the Library Publishing Coalition. The terms “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” are subject to multiple interpretations, and the weight they carry requires special attention. In order that the work of any so-named committee is direct, actionable, and impactful, this task force will ensure that it is charged with a specific, considered vision to drive its work.

Members

Michelle Wilson, Columbia University (chair)
Harrison Inefuku, Iowa State University
Hanni Nabahe, University of Virginia
Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University
Willa Tavernier, Indiana University

Publication Award Task Force (2019-2020)

This task force will investigate the feasibility of implementing a member publication award program and report back to the board with recommendations.

Members

Annie Johnson, Temple University (chair)
Sam Byrd, Virginia Commonwealth University
Clayton Hayes, Wayne State University
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota

Library Publishing Directory Task Force (2018-19)

This task force will supplement the regular work of the Directory Committee (which is charged with producing the annual Library Publishing Directory) by evaluating the Directory data collection process and revisiting the Directory data model.

Members

Jessica Kirschner, Texas Tech University (chair)
Robert Browder, Virginia Tech
Christine Fruin, ATLA
Chelsea Johnston, University of South Florida
Hanni Nabahe, University of Virginia
Willa Tavernier, Indiana University

Board liaison: Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University

Ethical Framework for Library Publishing Task Force (2017-18)

This task force will develop a framework for ethical practice in library publishing, including but not limited to the following topics: publishing practice, accessibility, and diversity and inclusion. The group will identify relevant resources and contextualize them for library publishers. When appropriate resources cannot be identified, the group will create them, or work with other LPC committees to do so. The task force will build in opportunities for input and feedback from the LPC membership as the framework is in development, to ensure that it represents the broad spectrum of activities and values in our community.

Members

Jason Boczar, University of South Florida (chair)
Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University
Monica Westin, California Digital Library
Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Kansas State University
Terri Fishel, Macalester College
Wendy Robertson, University of Iowa
Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University
Sarah Melton, Boston College
Jaclyn Sipovic, University of Michigan
Nina Collins, Purdue University
Camille Thomas, Texas Tech University
Valerie Horton, Minitex
Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco (2017-18 LPC Fellow)

Board Liaison: Laurie Taylor, University of Florida (ex officio)

Directory of Open Access Journals Task Force (2017-2018)

This task force will evaluate the needs of the LPC community related to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), mentor LPC member institutions through the DOAJ application process, and recommend any necessary ongoing support. The group was developed in consultation with DOAJ, and will receive training from DOAJ staff.

Members

Monica Westin, California Digital Library (chair)
Ian Caswell, University College London
Liza Hagerman, Purdue University
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota
David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University
Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois

Board Liaison: Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University (ex officio)

Web Content Strategy Task Force (2015-2016)

The Web Content Strategy Task Force was charged by the LPC Board to develop a strategy and prospective recommendations for improving the visibility, utility, and impact of the LPC’s online content. Such online content includes, but is not limited to: website, social media presence, LPC Directory, documentation portal, LPC-sponsored webinars, job board, and any reports/whitepapers created by the LPC.

Members

Sarah Melton, Emory University
Catherine Mitchell, California Digital Library
Micah Vandegrift, Florida State University