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.


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

Schedule at-a-glance

Sunday, May 20

Monday, May 21

Tuesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 23

  • Full day: Library Publishing Forum (conference)
  • Evening: social outing [tentative, details TBD] (social)

Thursday, May 24

Tuesday, May 22

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration

7:30 – 8:30am | Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30am | Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:30am | Keynoteaddress by Catherine Kudlick, San Francisco State University

Disabilité! Accessibilité! Diversité!: Expanding the Cultural Framework for Library Publishing [slides] [video]

9:30 – 10:00am | Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:00am | Concurrent Sessions

University Libraries and University Presses: Working towards true collaboration [slides]
Thomas Hickerson, Libraries & Cultural Resources, University of Calgary; Brian Scrivener, University of Calgary Press; Guylaine Beaudry, Concordia University Library; Geoffrey Little, Concordia University Press

Digital Preservation for Library Publishers: Raising Awareness [slides]
Heather Staines, Hypothesis; Wendy Robertson, University of Iowa; Jeremy Morse, University of Michigan Publishing

Charting the New Frontier in Library Publishing: Using Janeway as an Open-Source Library Publishing Platform [video]
David Scherer, Rikk Mulligan, and Dan Evans, Carnegie Mellon University

Reaching Public Library Audiences with the DPLA Exchange [slides] [video]
Michelle Bickert, DPLA

Evolution Through Collaboration: Exploring Participatory Change in a Library Publishing Program [video] [slides]
Matt Ruen and Jacklyn Rander, Grand Valley State University Libraries

11:15am – 12:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

Your Sh*t Isn’t Really Open: A challenge to all of us in ScholCommLand
Amy Buckland, University of Guelph

Exploring Open Data Policies for Library Publishing [slides] [video]
Monica Westin, California Digital Library

Understanding the New Publishing Goals of Scholars: Toward a Sustainable Model for Broadly Accessible Library Publishing [slides] [video]
Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Accessible Transformations of Early Web-based Archives [video]
Karl Stolley and Katie Ediger, Illinois Institute of Technology

New Directions in Digital Library Publishing: Increasing Access to Non-Textual Cultural Dance Narratives [slides] [video]
Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Library; Harriett Green, University of Illinois Library

Library and Societies as Publishing Partner [slides] [video]
Suzanne Stapleton, University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

Coalition A Canadian Initiative for a Sustainable Publishing Environment in HSS [video]
Emilie Paquin and Élise Bergeron, É

A University Library and a Scholarly Society Walk Into a Bar… Leveraging Open-Source Technologies Together to Help Researchers Tell a More Textured Story About Their Work [video]
Nicky Agate, Columbia University

12:15 – 1:15pm | Lunch

Making scholarly communications and the research environment more open, inclusive, and equitable (ACRL Research Agenda)
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint

1:15 – 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

No Publisher Is an Island: How to Find and Work with Freelance Editorial and Design Professionals [slides] [slides]
Jody Bailey, University of Texas at Arlington; Peter Potter, Virginia Tech; Kellie M. Hultgren, KMH Editing; Madeleine Vasaly

The Michigan Experience: A Cross-institutional, Cross-stakeholder Publishing Collaboration [video]
Carolyn Morris, BiblioLabs

Subject Librarianship in Flux: Scholarly Communication Partnerships at Dublin City University [video] [slides] [bibliography]
Alexander Kouker, Dublin City University Library

Toward Justice: Reflections on A Lesson Before Dying: Community Engagement through Library Publishing [slides] [video]
Robin A. Bedenbaugh and Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee

The Publishing Cooperative at the Open Textbook Network: Challenges & Opportunities in Launching an Open Textbook Publishing Program [slides] [video]
Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network; Beth Bernhardt and Anna Craft, UNC Greensboro; Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Corinne Guimont and Anita Walz, Virginia Tech; Amanda Larson, Penn State University ; Carla Myers, Miami University

2:30 – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Fellows Forum [slides] [slides]
Catherine Mitchell, California Digital Library/2017-18 LPC Board President; Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town, 2017-18 LPC Fellow; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco, 2017-2018 LPC Fellow

Think Like an Editor
Patrick Hogan, American Library Association

The Pain of Peer-Review for a Small Press
Amy Filiatreau, Lynn University

Support for Multilingual Journals using Open Journal Systems [slides]
Camille Thomas and Jessica Kirschner, Texas Tech University; Vanessa Gabler and Timothy Deliyannides, University of Pittsburgh

Extending and Measuring Impact [slides] [video]
Elizabeth Scarpelli, Director, University of Cincinnati Press; Jason Colman, Director, Michigan Publishing Services, University of Michigan Library; John W. Warren, Director, George Mason University Press/Mason Publishing

3:30 – 4:00pm | Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions

DigitalCommons Users Discuss the bepress Acquisition
Paul Royster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Roger Weaver, Missouri Science and Technical University; Marilyn Billings, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Phillip Fitzsimmons, Southwest Oklahoma State University; Terri Fishel, Macalester College

Approaches to Tracking the Impacts of Library- and Press-Published Monographs [slides] [video 1] [video 2]
Stacy Konkiel, Altmetric; Kevin Hawkins, University of North Texas; Sarah McKee, Emory University

A Statewide Solution for Libraries Supporting Self-Publishing [video]
Valerie Horton and Matt Lee, Minitex; Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota Libraries

6:00 – 8:00pm |Reception, Weisman Art Museum

Wednesday, May 23

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration

8:00 – 9:00am | Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30am | LPC Membership Meeting: Navigating the choppy waters of library publishing infrastructure

9:45 – 10:45am | Concurrent Sessions

Iterating the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing: A Working Session [video 1] [video 2]
Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco

What’s Your (Business) Plan? How to Move your Library Publishing Service Forward Strategically [slides]
Kate McCready, Emma Molls, Shane Nackerud, and Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota

How we designed an open access & open source publishing workflow for research output of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences [slides] [video]
Dylan Degeling, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

An Open-Access Triple Triumph: Collaborating at Syracuse University Libraries [slides] [video]
Amanda Page, Syracuse University Libraries

New Directions in Open Scholarship: From Journals to Monographs – a Use Case [slides]
Rosarie Coughlan, Queen’s University

10:45 – 11:15am | Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

DOAJ Application Workshop with Editor Judith Barnsby [slides]
Judith Barnsby, DOAJ; members of the LPC DOAJ Task Force

Librarians and Specialists and Coordinators, Oh My!: Labor in Library Publishing [slides]
Annie Johnson, Temple University; Emily Gattozzi, Bowling Green State University; Nina Collins, Purdue University

Balancing Vendor Collaborations for Sustainable Library Publishing [slides]
Matthew Hunter, Florida State University; Peter Potter, Virginia Tech; Brian Hole, CEO, Ubiquity Press; James MacGregor, Public Knowledge Project

12:15 – 1:15pm | Lunch

Library Publisher-University Press lunchtime conversation
Beth Fuget, University of Washington; Kathryn Conrad, University of Arizona Press

1:15 – 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

The University Press and the Library Publisher: Spanning Boundaries to Create Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Professional Development Resources for Library Publishers [slides]
Hannah Ballard, Educopia Institute; Sara Benson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Peter Berkery, AAUP; Laurie Taylor, University of Florida; John W. Warren, George Mason University Press/Mason Publishing

Strengthening the Scholarly Record: A Workshop on Crafting Metadata Records and DOIs with Crossref [slides]
Jennifer Kemp and Shayn Smulyan, Crossref

Getting Found / Staying Found: Practical Strategies for Improving Discovery for Online Journals [slides] [video]
Roger Gillis, Dalhousie University/Public Knowledge Project; Andrea Pritt, Pennsylvania State University/Public Knowledge Project; Andrea Kosavic, York University Libraries; Sonya Betz, University of Alberta; Jeannette Hatherill, University of Ottawa

2:30 – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Developing Library Support for Publishing Expansive Digital Humanities Projects
David Hansen and Paolo Mangiafico, Duke University Libraries; Liz Milewicz, Duke University

Expanding Scholarly Communication Instruction for the Next Generation
of LIS Leaders: Building an Open Educational Resource to Support the Work of Scholarly Communication
[slides] [video]
Maria Bonn, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Publishing Literacy in the For-Credit Classroom: Assessing Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research Student Editors [slides] [video]
Sarah Hare, Indiana University

Beta Testing an Open Access Monograph Publishing Lab: Brainstorm Books at UCSB Library [slides] [video]
Sherri L. Barnes, University of California, Santa Barbara; Eileen A. Fradenburg Joy, Punctum Books

Getting the Word Out: Strategies for Reaching Your Readers [slides] [slides] [video]
Kathryn Conrad, University of Arizona Press; Emily Hamilton, University of Minnesota Press; Becky Welzenbach, University of Michigan Library; John W. Warren, Mason Publishing Group/George Mason University Press

3:30 – 4:00pm | Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions

Taking the Leap: Experiences Planning and Implementing a Migration to OJS 3 [video 1] [video 2]
Sarah Hare, Indiana University; Emma Molls, University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota; Ted Polley, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

What OA Policy Administrators, I.R. Managers, and Scholarly Communication Officers Want from Publishers
John G. Dove, Paloma & Associates; David Scherer, Carnegie-Mellon University; Barbara DeFelice, Dartmouth College; Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University

On Adding Platforms to Improve Sustainability: The Case for the Minimal Journal [video]
Kerri O’Connell and Alexander Gil Fuentes, Columbia University

If They See Them, They Will Come​: Improving Visibility and Reuse of Library-Published Journals [slides] [video]

Marianne Reed, University of Kansas Libraries


5:00 – 5:15pm | Closing Remarks

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