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


February 13, 2018:

Library Publishing Forum registration and scholarships

Registration is now open for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum (May 22-23), Owned by the Academy: A Preconference on Open Source Publishing Platforms (May 21), and the KairosCamp Editors Workshop (May 20-21). Registration Instructions  Instructions and fees are detailed on our website. New this year: Special discounted rates for students and attendees from low- and middle-income countries! First-Time Attendee … Continue reading Library Publishing Forum registration and scholarships

November 14, 2017:

Publishing platforms preconference: Call for showcase participants!

The Library Publishing Coalition seeks participants for a showcase session at the Library Publishing Forum’s preconference on open source publishing platforms (May 21st, 2018) at  Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The preconference is affiliated with the Library Publishing Forum, which will take place May 22nd and 23rd at the University of … Continue reading Publishing platforms preconference: Call for showcase participants!

November 14, 2017:

Call for proposals: 2018 Library Publishing Forum

The Library Publishing Coalition Program Committee is delighted to announce that the call for proposals for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum is now open! The Program Committee welcomes proposals on any library publishing topic. We particularly invite those that address the following themes: New directions: Share your new initiatives, partnerships, or research, or tackle new … Continue reading Call for proposals: 2018 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

KairosCamp Editors Workshop

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

Library Publishing Curriculum Pilot Workshop

Date: Thursday, May 24
Location: University of Minnesota
Registration and more: Check back in spring 2018 for details

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

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Location: Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Registration: $50 (limit 100)


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.


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, etc. 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 Friday, March 16.

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 by Friday, April 20th.



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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.

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Next Forum

The 2019 Library Publishing Forum will be hosted by Simon Fraser University on their campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, dates TBD.