Library Publishing Forum 2018

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 21-23 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venue: McNamara Alumni Center | Hosted by: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


July 18, 2018:

Slides and videos available for this year’s Library Publishing Forum

Presenter slides and recordings from our video livestream are now available on the Forum program page and on the preconference page. Enjoy! 

July 9, 2018:

Digital Publishing Your Way: Moving Toward Multimodal, Flexible Platforms

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of reflections by community members on the recent Library Publishing Forum. See the whole series.  The 2018 Library Publishing Forum preconference, Owned by the Academy, gave participants a chance to learn more about publishing platforms that have a commitment to community-owned infrastructure. Elsevier’s 2017 acquisition of bepress put a … Continue reading Digital Publishing Your Way: Moving Toward Multimodal, Flexible Platforms

July 5, 2018:

What’s it like to be the local host of the Library Publishing Forum?

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of reflections by community members on the recent Library Publishing Forum. See the whole series. This post is guest written by Kate McCready and Laureen Boutang, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.  When we first considered the idea of hosting the Library Publishing Forum at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, we were … Continue reading What’s it like to be the local host of the Library Publishing Forum?

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Keynote: Catherine Kudlick

Catherine Kudlick photograph
After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Postrevolutionary France and “Disability History: Why We Need Another Other” in the American Historical Review. She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity. She is co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Disability History with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen. As director of the Longmore Institute, she directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. She has been active in electronic accessibility initiatives, first at UC Davis and more recently in public advocacy.

Affiliated Events

Owned by the Academy: A Preconference on Open Source Publishing Software

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018 (full day)
Location: Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Registration: $50 (limit 100)
Hashtags: #OwnedByTheAcademy, #LPForum18

KairosCamp Editors Workshop

Dates: Sunday, May 20 through Monday, May 21, 2018
Location: University of Minnesota
Registration: free (limit 15)

Library Publishing Curriculum Pilot Workshops: Content and Impact

Date: Thursday, May 24 (full day)
Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Andersen Library
Registration: By application


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.

Learn more about Sponsorship


About the Forum scholarships

For the first time this year, we are pleased to be able to offer scholarships for first-time Forum attendees, with a focus on individuals who will bring new and diverse perspectives to the community. There are two scholarships available, each of which will cover up to $1,000 in registration fees and other travel-related expenses, including airfare, hotel, and meals. Scholarship awardees will also be paired with a mentor, to help them get the most out of the conference.

Scholarship applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 20th.

Next Forum

The 2019 Library Publishing Forum will be hosted by Simon Fraser University on their campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 8-10, 2019.