Library Publishing Forum 2019

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.


May 8-10 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Venue: SFU Harbour Centre | Hosted by: Simon Fraser University


August 19, 2019:

Call for proposals to host the 2021 Library Publishing Forum

The Library Publishing Coalition is seeking a host for its annual Library Publishing Forum in the spring of 2021. The Forum typically welcomes around 200 guests for 3 days of conference and pre/post conference activities. The LPC aims to hold the Forum in a variety of attractive locations throughout North America that provide convenient access … Continue reading Call for proposals to host the 2021 Library Publishing Forum

June 18, 2019:

Announcing the date and location of the 2020 Library Publishing Forum

We are very excited to announce that, after an open call for proposals, the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has been selected as the host for the 2020 Library Publishing Forum. Next year’s Forum will take place May 4-6 on UMMS’s campus in Worcester, MA. Statement from University of Massachusetts Medical School: “UMass Med School’s Lamar … Continue reading Announcing the date and location of the 2020 Library Publishing Forum

June 18, 2019:

Slides and video available from the Library Publishing Forum

If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Forum or want to revisit your favorite sessions, we have gathered slides and livestreamed video for many sessions. You can access them all from the online program. Slides and video are also available for this year’s preconference,  Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources. Forgot to send us your … Continue reading Slides and video available from the Library Publishing Forum

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Photo of Dr. Arianna Becerril-GarciaOur keynote speaker for the 2019 Forum will be Dr. Arianna Becerril-García, co-founder and Executive Director of (Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal).


Dr. Becerril-Garcia has a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, a Master in Computer Sciences from the same institution, and Computing Engineer from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and co-founder of the Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories (REMERI). She founded AmeliCA, a community-driven initiative for Open Knowledge in Latin America and the Global South. She has published numerous papers in research journals as well as three books. She has participated in more than 40 national and international conferences. Her research topics are open access, interoperability technologies, visibility of science, semantic web and linked data. Her recent works and international conferences are “A Semantic Model for Selective Knowledge Discovery over OAI-PMH Structured Resources”, Information (Switzerland, 2018); “The end of a centralized Open Access project and the beginning of a community-based sustainable infrastructure for Latin America: after fifteen years.”, ELPUB (Toronto, 2018), “The Open Access Model in Latin America”, COASP (Washington, DC, 2016); “Redalyc – ORCID integration: Inserting Latin-American authors in the global scientific conversation”, ORCID (Washington, DC, 2016).

Affiliated Events

Also see the program page for the schedule at-a-glance, including affiliated events.

Advancing Open! (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)

Date: Monday, May 6 (evening) and Tuesday, May 7 (full day)
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (SFU), 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (across the street from the Harbour Centre)

PKP Spring 2019 Sprint

Date: Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC

Library Publishing Curriculum: Policy Lab [cancelled]

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (full day)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Instructors: Melanie Schlosser and Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute)

Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources (preconference)

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (7:30am-5:00pm)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Co-sponsors: BCcampus and Open Textbook Network
Registration: US$25 for morning workshop, US$10 for afternoon mini-conference


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). To learn more and to sponsor this event, see the Library Publishing Coalition’s Publishers and Service Providers Program, which includes Forum-only and year-round sponsorship tiers.

View more information about our 2019 Forum sponsors on the sponsor page.


Library Publishing Coalition Sponsor

Project Muse | Ubiquity Press

Library Publishing Forum Keynote Sponsor

Simon Fraser University

Library Publishing Forum Sponsor

Books International | MDPI | MIT Knowledge Futures Group | Nord Compo | Overleaf | Public Knowledge Project | Society for Scholarly Publishing

Library Publishing Forum Supporter

Érudit | Pressbooks | University of British Columbia Library

Learn more about Sponsorship


Library Publishing Forum Awards

In an effort to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of this community and to promote the broadest possible participation at the 2019 Library Publishing Forum, the LPF Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee is pleased to offer the second annual Library Publishing Forum Award. This year, we are offering three awards of $1,200 each plus conference registration, to aid individuals from diverse backgrounds in attending and contributing at the Forum. The awards may be applied towards airfare, hotel, and other travel-related expenses. 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

**Applications for this year’s award are now closed.**

The Forum’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee will review applications and recommend awardees to the Program Committee, which will award the scholarships.  Applicants will be notified before the end of February.

Email with questions.

Program Committee

Program Committee

Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University (Chair); Sonya Betz, University of Alberta; Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota; Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University; Peter Potter, Virginia Tech; Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati; David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University; Maureen Walsh, Ohio State University; Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University (Host Liaison); Catherine Mitchell, California Digital Library (Board Liaison)

Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee

David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University (Chair); Nicky Agate, Columbia University; Ellen Dubinsky; University of Arizona; Andrew Kierig, George Mason University; Jessica Lange, McGill University; Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati; Maureen Walsh, Ohio State University

Local Arrangements Subcommittee

Sonya Betz, University of Alberta; Leonora Crema, University of British Columbia; Rebecca Dowson, Simon Fraser University; Ali Moore, Simon Fraser University; Keshav Mukunda, Simon Fraser University; Hope Power, Simon Fraser University; Angela Raasch, Simon Fraser University; Kate Shuttleworth, Simon Fraser University; Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University; Karen Meijer-Kline, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Elizabeth Padilla, British Columbia Institute of Technology; Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia; Darcye Lovsin, Langara College

Next Forum

The 2020 Library Publishing Forum will be held May 4-6 in Worcester, MA, USA, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.