Library Publishing Forum 2020 (Original)

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.

March 31 Update: Save the date for the Virtual Library Publishing Forum!

In lieu of our in-person Forum, we will be holding a virtual conference the week of May 4-8. An official announcement and more details about the virtual Forum will be available via this page very soon. Please check back.

March 12 Update on the 2020 Library Publishing Forum and COVID-19

In light of ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, including increasing travel restrictions, the Library Publishing Coalition Board and Program Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person Library Publishing Forum. We feel that the community- and people-centered spirit of the LPC is reflected by this decision to support public health initiatives and maintain the safety of the larger community. We took this step in consultation with our local host, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to whom we are deeply grateful for their diligent work on behalf of the community of library publishers. 

The Program Committee will discuss the feasibility of a virtual conference or other programming to be held either during the week of May 4-8 or later this year. Please stay tuned for further announcements and plan to engage with the library publishing community from where you are! Announcements about virtual programming will be made via LPC’s public news list, which you can sign up for on our homepage

We deeply regret the necessity of this step, and we look forward to convening again in person in 2021. 


May 4-6 | Worcester, Massachusetts
Venue: Albert Sherman Center | Hosted by: University of Massachusetts Medical School


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

April 8, 2021:

2021 Virtual Library Publishing Forum: Registration, Program, Keynotes, and Plenaries

The Library Publishing Forum (May 10-14, 12pm to 5pm Eastern) is virtual this year! See below for information about registration, program, keynotes, and invited plenaries. Registration Register now! The registration fee is a super affordable US$25 for the whole week. However, we do not want cost to be a barrier to participation for anyone, so waivers will be … Continue reading 2021 Virtual Library Publishing Forum: Registration, Program, Keynotes, and Plenaries

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Claire Redhead

Our keynote speaker for the 2020 Library Publishing Forum is Claire Redhead, Executive Director of OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association).


Claire has an editorial background and 20 years experience of the scholarly publishing industry, beginning with a series of positions in UK publishing houses covering all aspects of academic journal and book publishing.  Claire joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) in 2012, initially responsible for managing membership and communications for the organisation. Quickly taking the lead to develop and grow OASPA during this time, Claire was appointed Executive Director in 2016.  Claire is responsible for overseeing OASPA’s annual conference and program of webinars, works closely with the OASPA board and its members, and sits on a number of industry working groups and committees to represent the views of the open access publishing community. OASPA is an international association with over 140 member organisations that focus on open access publishing or provide supporting services and infrastructure in this space.

The Library Publishing Coalition seeks to collaboratively approach major scholarly communications challenges and implement solutions for the community. OASPA is a strategic affiliate of the LPC in this work, and we welcome the opportunity to learn from Claire about the mission of the association and new policy developments in scholarly publishing and open access. The international perspective and diversity of views represented by OASPA will be critical to our conversations and our goals for the 2020 Forum.

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2020 Library Publishing Forum Round-up


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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In an effort to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of this community and to promote the broadest possible participation at the 2020 Library Publishing Forum, the Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to offer the third annual Library Publishing Forum Award. This year, we will offer up to three awards to aid individuals from diverse backgrounds in attending and contributing at the Forum. Awards for North American recipients will total $1,200 while awards for international recipients will total $1,800, in an effort to offset the elevated costs of international travel. The awards may be applied towards airfare, hotel, and other travel-related expenses; the cost of registration will be fully covered. To help them get the most out of the conference, awardees will be paired with a mentor. Awardees will also be asked to reflect on their experience at the Forum in a post for the LPC Blog.  


Applications will be accepted from individuals at both Library Publishing Coalition member and non-member institutions. Anyone who has not attended a previous Library Publishing Forum is eligible to apply. 

Ideal applicants will identify as members of a group (or groups) underrepresented among library and publishing practitioners. These groups include – but are not limited to – members of a racial/ethnic minority, first-generation college graduates, immigrants and refugees, persons with a disability, LGBTQ individuals. Applications from people who could contribute to the diversity of the Forum in other ways are also warmly welcomed.

How to apply for a scholarship

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form. Applications are due by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, November 15. The LPC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force will review applications and award the scholarships.  Applicants will be notified before the end of December.




Program Committee

Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota (chair)
Sonya Betz, University of Alberta
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati
Robin Bedenbaugh, University of Tennessee
Justin Gonder, California Digital Library
Johanna Meetz, Pacific University
Regina Raboin, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Host Liaison)
A.J. Boston, Murray State University (2019-21 LPC Fellow)
Sarah Hare, Indiana University (Board Liaison)

Library Publishing Forum Award Committee

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
Jody Bailey, Emory University (Board Liaison)

Local Arrangements Committee (UMMS)

Sally Gore, Manager, Research and Scholarly Communications Services
Morgan Kolinski, Financial Assistant
Patricia Levenson, Administrative Coordinator
Lisa Palmer, Institutional Repository Librarian
Mary Piorun, Director, Lamar Soutter Library
Regina Raboin, Associate Director (Host Liaison, LP Forum 2020 Planning Committee)
Marianne Siener, Library Accountant