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


October 23, 2018:

Save the date: 2019 Library Publishing Forum preconference on publishing OERs

Mark your calendar – on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, join us in Vancouver, BC for Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources, cosponsored by BCcampus and Open Textbook Network. As the use of OERs continues to grow throughout the academy, this preconference will address the growing need for distinctive practices for developing, supporting, and hosting OERs as part … Continue reading Save the date: 2019 Library Publishing Forum preconference on publishing OERs

October 12, 2018:

Now open: Call for proposals for the 2019 Library Publishing Forum!

Have a cool project happening at your library? Mulling over a big topic? Want an excuse to collaborate with peers in the library publishing world? You’re in luck – the call for proposals for the 2019 Library Publishing Forum is now open! As we did for the 2018 Forum, we are accepting proposals for two … Continue reading Now open: Call for proposals for the 2019 Library Publishing Forum!

August 30, 2018:

Variety and values: Reflections on the Library Publishing Forum

For our 2018 conferences, the Library Publishing Coalition and the Association of University Presses collaborated on a Cross-Pollination Registration Waiver Program. The program sent two AUPresses members to the Library Publishing Forum and two LPC members to the AUPresses Annual Meeting. Each of the recipients was asked to write a reflection on their experience and … Continue reading Variety and values: Reflections on 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

Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources (preconference)

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (full day)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Co-sponsors: BCcampus and Open Textbook Network
Registration: Details TBA


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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Check back for information about scholarships.

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 date and location for the 2020 Library Publishing Forum will be announced at the 2019 Forum.