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: Dr. Arianna Becerril-García

Photo of Dr. Arianna Becerril-Garcia

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

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)


The Library Publishing Forum thanks our generous sponsors:

Library Publishing Coalition Sponsor

Organization-level sponsors:

Library Publishing Forum Keynote Sponsor

In addition to hosting this year’s Forum, Simon Fraser University has generously sponsored our keynote address through its conference fund.


Library Publishing Forum Sponsor

Organizations that have sponsored the Forum at $1,000 and above:

Library Publishing Forum Supporter

Organizations that have sponsored the Forum at $500 and above:

Schedule at-a-glance

Monday, May 6

Tuesday, May 7

Wednesday, May 8

Thursday, May 9

Friday, May 10

  • 8:30am – 9:30am: Library Publishing Coalition Membership Meeting (all Forum attendees welcome)
  • 9:30am – 5:00pm: Library Publishing Forum (conference)

Thursday, May 9

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration | Concourse

7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast | Concourse

8:00am – 8:30am | Welcome and Opening Remarks | Room 1400-1430

8:30am – 9:30am | Keynote address by Arianna Becerril-García, | Room 1400-1430 [video]

9:30am – 10:00am | Coffee Break | Concourse

10:00am – 11:00am | Concurrent Sessions

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
How Library Publishers and Open Source Tools Can Reshape Academic Publishing [video] [slides]
Steel Wagstaff, Educational Client Manager, Pressbooks; Michelle Reed, Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington; Heather Staines, Director of Partnerships, Hypothesis; Hugh McGuire, Executive Director, Rebus Foundation

Publishing an Open Access Monograph [slides]
Ally Laird, Open Publishing Program Specialist, Penn State University Libraries

Creating an Open Anthology: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota

Library Press as a Partner: Publishing an OER on OER
Johanna Meetz, Pacific University

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
Lever Press and Fulcrum: Sustaining a Commons Model of Library Publishing [video]
Jason Colman, University of Michigan Library; Emma DiPasquale, University of Michigan Library; Michael D. Roy, Middlebury College Library; Beth Bouloukos, Amherst College Library

Lessons from Teaching Publishing: The Digital Publishing Workshop @ Columbia University Libraries [slides]
Michelle Wilson, Columbia University

Student Journal Publishing 101 Workshop [slides]
Jessica Lange, McGill University

Supporting Student Publishing: Sustaining Networks and Responding to Student Feedback
Graeme Slaght, University of Toronto Libraries; Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries

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

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
Community Builds Solutions with Open Source: Editoria—Online Books Production
Alison McGonagle-O’Connell, Coko Foundation; Christine Fruin, Atla; Jason Colman, M Publishing/Fulcrum; John Sherer, UNC Press/Longleaf Services; Catherine Mitchell, California Digital Library (moderator)

FULL SESSION | Room 1520
Beyond the Book: Libraries as Music Publishers
Kathleen DeLaurenti, Open Access Editor, Music Library Association and Head Librarian, Friedheim Library, Peabody Institute; Zane Forshee, Guitar Faculty and Interim Director, LAUNCHPad, Peabody Institute; Matthew Vest, Lead for Outreach and Music Inquiry and Research Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles

Aperio: UVA’s Open Publishing Partnership—Shared Values, Not Reporting Lines [video]
Dave S. Ghamandi, Open Publishing Librarian and Aperio Journals Managing Editor, University of Virginia Library; Hanni Nabahe, Resident Librarian, University of Virginia Library; Chip German, Senior Director for Scholarly Communication, University of Virginia Library

Launching HSU Press: The First Three Years [video]
Kyle Morgan, Humboldt State University

Ideas in Open Access: A Case Study on a Series Collaboration Between the MIT Press and the MIT Libraries [video]
Catherine Ahearn, Knowledge Futures Group

What We Can Learn from the Graveyard of Inactive Undergraduate Student Journals [slides]
Robyn Hall, MacEwan University

Journal Interface Design: How Does It Impact the User Experience? [slides]
Israel Cefrin, Public Knowledge Project

The Weaknesses of Automated Taxonomy, A Case Study
Alexa Colella, Marketing Manager for Journals, University of Illinois Press; Steffanie Cain, Strategic Taxonomy Lead, University of Illinois Press

12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch

LPC Mentorship Program Meetup | Room 1520

TOME Discussion | Room 2200

1:15pm – 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
Fellows Forum [video1][video2][video3]
Kate McCready, University of Minnesota Libraries/2018-19 LPC Board President; Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town, 2017-19 LPC Fellow; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco, 2017-19 LPC Fellow

The Field-Specific Library Partnership Consortium: A Proposal [slides]
Jeff Pooley, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College

RavenSpace: Digital Publishing in Indigenous Studies 
Darcy Cullen, UBC Press; Beth Fuget, University of Washington Press

The Art of Student Publishing: An Exploration of the Significance and Application of Artist Publishing Practices and Discourse for Undergraduate Publishing Initiatives 
Dana Ospina, California State University Dominguez Hills

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
The Art of Courting: Connecting Library Publishers with Extrainstitutional Scholar-Led Projects [slides]
Marcel LaFlamme, University of Washington; Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh; Eileen Joy, punctum books/University of California Santa Barbara; Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University

FULL SESSION | Room 2200
Students’ Perception of Open Textbooks [video] [slides]
Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Kristi Jensen, University of Minnesota

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
Platforms and People: Building a Publishing House in the Library [slides1] [slides2] [slides3] [slides4] [handout]
Maria Bonn, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; marilyn thomas-houston, Associate Professor Emerita, African American Studies and Anthropology, University of Florida, Editor, Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies; Daniel Tracy, Head, Scholarly Communication and Publishing, University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Janet Swatscheno, Digital Publishing Librarian, University of Illinois Chicago

A Repository for the Community: Report on the British Library – Ubiquity Press Hyku Project [video]
Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press; Torsten Reimer, British Library

Working Papers, A Work in Progress: Integrating Libraries with Publication and Preprint Services [video]
Anna Oates, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Lessons Learned from Online Publishing at the Library [video] [slides]
Brian Sweeting, Digital Publishing Manager, EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Rob Crawford, Digital Publishing Associate, EdLab, Teachers College, Columbia University; Gary Natriello, Ruth L. Gottesman Professor in Educational Research, Teachers College, Columbia University; Hui Soo Chae, Senior Director, Gottesman Library, Teachers College, Columbia University

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
Member and Mission Driven Publishing: Consortial Library Publishing Programs
Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, Atla; Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director, Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI); Olivia MacIsaac, Scholarly Communication Associate, Butler University; Justin Gonder, Senior Product Manager, Publishing, California Digital Library

Textbook Training Wheels: Developing Book Templates to Support OER Production
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University

Findable, Impactful, Citable, Usable, Sustainable: A Rubric for Rigorous Digital Publishing [video]
Nicky Agate, Columbia University Libraries; Cheryl Ball, Wayne State University

Dive into SCUBA: A Collaborative Conference in a Box (partial) [video]
Sarah Wipperman, University of Pennsylvania; Laurie Allen, University of Pennsylvania; Kenny Whitebloom, University of Pennsylvania

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Coffee Break | Concourse

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Concurrent Sessions

Unpacking the Impact and Usage of Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Case Study [video]
Kathryn Ruddock, University of Calgary; Christie Hurrell, University of Calgary

Open, Free, and Easy Altmetrics Through Community-Owned and Operated Infrastructure [video] [slides]
Juan Pablo Alperin, Public Knowledge Project and ScholCommLab

Building a Trusted Framework for Coordinating OA Monograph Usage Data [video] [slides]
Kevin Hawkins, University of North Texas

Building Frameworks for Assessing Digital Research Projects and Early Digital Publishing Services at UH Library [video] [slides]
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston Libraries

Bridging the Gap: Digital Humanities to Digital Monographs [video] [slides]
Sarah McKee, Sr. Associate Director for Publishing, Emory University

Navigating Support for Digital Projects: A Suggested Workflow for Non-Traditional Publications [video] [slides]
Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
ACRL Research Agenda for Scholarly Communications and the Research Environment
Yasmeen Shorish, Chair of Association of College and Research Libraries Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and Data Services Coordinator at James Madison University; Rebecca R. Kennison, Principal, K|N Consultants Ltd.; Nancy L. Maron, Founder, BlueSky to BluePrint, LLC

FULL SESSION | Room 2200
Solving Pesky Project Problems: Creative Ways to Manage the Work
Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota; Sonya Betz, University of Alberta; Kate McCready, University of Minnesota

6:00pm – 8:00pm | Reception, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Friday, May 10

7:30am – 5:00pm | Registration | Outside room 1400-1430

7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast | Concourse

8:30am – 9:30am | Library Publishing – What’s Our End Game? (LPC Membership Meeting) | Room 1400-1430

9:45am – 10:45am | Concurrent Sessions

Determining Our Own Knowledge Futures: How Independent and Open Publishing Tools Can Lead Us Forward
Travis Rich, Knowledge Futures Group

Open-Source Publishing Software: Surveying the Landscape
John W. Maxwell, Simon Fraser University

Libero Publisher: eLife’s New Initiative to Build a Collaborative, Modern and Modular Open-Source Publication Platform for the Research Community [slides]
Maël Plaine, eLife

The Faculty Experience—Creating an Open Textbook on Equity and Design: Outcomes and Challenges
Kristine Miller, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Kristi Jensen, University of Minnesota Libraries

Library Publishing and Open Educational Resources: Challenges and Opportunities for Teachers [slides] [handout]
Celia Regina de Oliveira Rosa, Universidade de São Paulo; Teresa Cardoso, Universidade Aberta de Portugal (UAB-PT)

Collaboration Through Richer Metadata
Shayn Smulyan, Crossref

Lemons into Lemon-aid: An Update on Turning PKP’s Metadata Problems into Actionable Challenges [slides]
Mike Nason, University of New Brunswick Libraries and PKP; James MacGregor, PKP

Wikidata: Open Linked Data for Library Publishing
Jere Odell, IUPUI University Library; Ted Polley, IUPUI University Library; Mairelys Lemus-Rojas, IUPUI University Library

Publishing with Static Site Generators
Chris Diaz, Northwestern University

Using the Jekyll Static Site Generator for Journal Production
Robert Browder, Virginia Tech

10:45am – 11:15am | Coffee Break | Concourse

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

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
ScholarLed: Solidarity, Self-determination, and the Limits of Reform
Dave S. Ghamandi, University of Virginia; Sherri Barnes, UC Santa Barbara Library; Eileen Joy, punctum books

FULL SESSION | Room 1520
Continuing to Build on What We’ve Learned in OER Publishing: Working Together in the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative [video]
Karen Bjork, Portland State; Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network; Kathy Labadorf, University of Connecticut; Amanda Larson, Penn State University; Emily Frank, Affordable Learning LOUISiana; Maira Bundza, Western Michigan University; Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech; Anna Craft, UNC Greensboro; Carla Myers, Miami University

FULL SESSION: | Room 1600
One Platform, Many Possibilities: Lessons Learned from the Manifold Pilot
Annie Johnson, Temple University Libraries and Press; Meredith Carruthers, Concordia University Press; Liz Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press; Liz Bedford, Verletta Kern, and Elliott Stevens, University of Washington Libraries; Beth Fuget, University of Washington Press (moderator)

FULL SESSION | Room 2200
Do They Teach That in Library School?: Educational Preparation for Scholarly Communication Work in Libraries
Maria Bonn, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; Josh Bolick, University of Kansas; Will Cross, North Carolina State University

12:15pm – 1:15pm | Lunch | Concourse

SPARC Member Meetup | Room 1520

1:15pm – 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

FULL SESSION | Room 1400-1430
Library Publishing and Copyright: Common Questions and Answers [slides]
Kyle K. Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University; Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University; Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, Atla; Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries; Carla Myers, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, Miami University

Brown University’s Digital Publications Initiative: Supporting the Development and Publication of Digital Scholarly Monographs [slides]
Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University Library

Being an Editor on a Library-Hosted Platform
Jessica Lange, McGill University

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
Order Out of Chaos: The Role of Standards (Existing and Emerging) in Building a Distributed Infrastructure
James MacGregor, Public Knowledge Project; Davin Baragiotta, Érudit; Fabio Batalh, Érudit; Élise Bergeron, Érudit

FULL SESSION | Room 2200
Toward Best Practices for OER Quality: A Conversation about OER Quality and Emerging Best Practice Solutions [slides]
Anita Walz, Virginia Tech; Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech

2:30pm – 3:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

Copyright Reform for Open Access
John Willinsky, Stanford University

Leveraging Library Publishing to Promote Diversity [slides]
Suzanne Stapleton, University of Florida; Christy Shorey, University of Florida; Perry Collins, University of Florida

Supporting Journals to Assess and Improve Their Practices When Using a Library Hosted Editorial Initiative [video] [slides]
Pierre Lasou, Université Laval

Bridging the Gaps: Finding Creative Solutions to Unmet Needs in a Growing Library Publishing Program  [video] [slides]
Julia Lovett, Associate Professor, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Rhode Island; Andrée Rathemacher, Professor, Head of Acquisitions, University of Rhode Island

Supporting Monograph Creation: Creative and Scholarly Publishing at the University of Victoria Libraries [video] [slides]
Inba Kehoe, Copyright Officer, Scholarly Communication & Research Repository Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries; Christine Walde, Grants & Awards Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries

FULL SESSION | Room 1600
Kick-Start Your Digital Preservation Strategy
Emma Molls, University of Minnesota; Emma DiPasquale, University of Michigan

FULL SESSION | Room 2200
Aligning the Definition of Published Scholarly Products with Today’s Practices [slides1] [slides2] [slides3]
Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library; Chip German, Senior Director for Scholarly Communication, University of Virginia Library; Craig Van Dyck, Executive Director, CLOCKSS Archive

3:30pm – 4:00pm | Coffee Break | Concourse

4:00pm – 5:00pm | CLOSING PLENARY | Room 1400-1430
Big Challenges in Library Publishing [video1][video2]
Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition; Nicky Agate, Columbia University; Dave Ghamandi, University of Virginia; Inba Kehoe, University of Victoria


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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