LPC Fellowship
These two-year fellowships are designed to enable participation in the LPC 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.

About the Program

Activities and Expectations

Service: Each fellow will undertake a service commitment within the LPC – generally serving on a committee, task force, or Board subgroup. This community involvement will allow LPC to benefit from the fellows’ experiences and perspectives, while allowing the fellows to develop relationships and learn more about the community. If a fellow completes a service assignment before the end of the fellowship (such as a 1-year task force), they may undertake a second service commitment. The specific service opportunities will be chosen by the Board in consultation with the fellows, and will be selected from the available opportunities based on the fellows’ interests and skills. 

Writing and presenting: Each fellow will write 2-3 posts per year for the LPC Blog reflecting on their fellowship experience and sharing their perspective on library publishing with the community. (Previous posts can be found in the Fellows Journal category on the blog.) The fellows will also present at the Library Publishing Forum

Other opportunities: The Fellowship Program is designed to be flexible and to afford the fellows opportunities that align with their skills and interests. While fellows’ service commitments will most often take the form of service on a committee or task force, there may be times (especially during the second year of the fellowship) when a different type of project is appropriate. For example, fellows may engage in research or may work with the Library Publishing Curriculum.

Resources and Benefits

Member resources: The fellows will have access to all LPC member resources, including the email list, the documentation portal, and member-only events like webinars and roundtable discussions. 

Travel support: The fellows will also receive travel support to attend the Library Publishing Forum. The travel support will be $1,000 + registration each year of the fellowship. (If necessary, the fellow can draw on both years’ travel support in a single year and present at the Forum virtually the other year.)

Mentorship: To support their activities during the fellowship, the fellows will meet regularly with their mentors and quarterly with a larger group that includes fellows, mentors, representatives of the LPC Board, and the Community Facilitator. To learn more about the organization and the community, fellows will also be invited (though not required) to attend the monthly LPC Board meetings as observers.

Call for Applications for 2019-21 Fellows

We are currently accepting applications for two-year fellowships that will begin on October, 2019 and end on September 30, 2021. Up to two fellows will be selected.

Eligibility

Candidates should be:

  • Currently employed in a library that is not a member of the Library Publishing Coalition
  • New to library publishing (applications need not be early career librarians, but should have become engaged in library publishing within the last three years)
  • Able to attend the Library Publishing Forum at least once during the fellowship (travel support is provided – see the full program description for details)
  • Able to dedicate 1-2 hours per week to the fellowship throughout the two years

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected by the Board based on the following criteria:

  • Strong candidates will have professional responsibilities related to library publishing in their current position, which could include running a publishing program or developing a new program. 
  • Strong candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to professional development in library publishing or scholarly communication. Candidates who are interested in sharing the knowledge and experience they gain during their fellowship with other professional communities will be prioritized.
  • Strong candidates will bring new perspectives to the LPC community. Candidates from underrepresented groups or regions that do not yet have professional communities related to library publishing will be especially competitive. 
  • Fellows will be expected to communicate with the LPC community through writing and presenting. Strong communication skills are required.

Timeline

  • August 1, 2019: Applications open
  • September 6, 2019: Applications are due
  • September 30, 2019: Applicants are notified
  • October 1, 2019: New fellows announced and begin two-year terms

Online Information Sessions

Please join us Tuesday, August 20, 3-4 Eastern or Tuesday, September 3, 12-1 Eastern for an information session on the fellowship experience with Charlotte Roh, the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco.

**Note: Both sessions will cover the same information.**

Information session 1: Tuesday, August 20
Time: 3-4pm US Eastern time
Connection information: https://zoom.us/j/717614890
To connect via phone:
Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 720 707 2699 US
Meeting ID: 717 614 890
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/atIpfec51

Information session 2: Tuesday, September 3
Time: 12-1pm US Eastern time
Connection information: https://zoom.us/j/688940229
To connect via phone:
Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 720 707 2699 US
Meeting ID: 688 940 229
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/atIpfec51

Contact

Email contact@librarypublishing.org with questions.

Application

The application will include:

  • An application form
  • A C.V.
  • A writing sample
  • A letter of support from library dean or supervisor (as appropriate)

Begin Your Application

Fellows

2017-19 LPC Fellows

Reggie Raju

Reggie Raju

Reggie is the Deputy Director for Research and Learning Services at the University of Cape Town Libraries, South Africa. He has been in academic libraries for more than 30 years. He holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Currently, he serves on the Academic and Research Libraries Standing Committee of IFLA and is the interim chair of the SPARC Africa Working Group. His research area is research librarianship with a specific focus on scholarly communication. He is the co-editor of the first two open access books published by UCT Libraries and has published a number of articles in national and international journals and has written a number chapters in books.


Charlotte Roh

Charlotte Roh

Charlotte is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco, a small Jesuit University near Golden Gate Park with a social justice mission. This social justice mission intersects with Charlotte’s work in scholarly communication around systemic bias and diversity representation, informed by her experience in academic publishing. Charlotte completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and received her MLIS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Spectrum Scholar, an ARL CEP Fellow, and the recipient of the 2017 LPC Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing..