LPForum 2021

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 2021 Library Publishing Forum will be a virtual conference. We are excited to be able to share Forum programming with the library publishing community as travel and large gatherings are impossible.

May 1014 | 12:00 PM to 5 PM Eastern Time


Monday, May 10

12:00 PM to 1 PM | Keynote address by Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Inequity in scholarly communication: Engaging societies and their researchers in a new sustainable future  [video]

1 PM to 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Capturing Open Access Publishing Efforts in the International Journal of Librarianship by the Chinese American Librarians Association: A Case Study  [video] [ slides]
Raymond Pun, Education/Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University; Grace Liu, Systems Librarian, University of Windsor

Poly Publishing: a choose-your-own ideals in publishing [video]
jaime ding, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Revising the Library Publishing Curriculum: Values, Progress, and Possibilities
Cheryl E. Ball, Wayne State University Libraries

Growing Knowledge in Living Handbooks: The Open-Access Platform PUBLISSO [video]
Gregor Schumann, ZB MED – German National Library of Medicine; Uta Woiwod, ZB MED – German National Library of Medicine

Developing a Press Approach to Omeka S with the Teams Module [video]
Alexander Dryden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Daniel G. Tracy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

State-of-the-art, non-commercial library publishing at TIB [video] [slides]
Xenia van Edig, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB); Dulip Withanage, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

2:15 PM to 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Working through the Pain: How Library Publishers are Learning from Workflow Documentation [video]
Jennifer Beamer, Claremont Colleges Library; Sonya Betz, University of Alberta Library; Brandon Locke, Educopia Institute; Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University Libraries

Transition Partnerships: How Library Publishing Services Can Support Society Publishing Transitions to Open Access Self-Sufficiency [video]
David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University; Rikk Mulligan, Carnegie Mellon University; Ryan Splenda, Carnegie Mellon University

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 PM to 5 PM

Publishing Undergraduate Research: From Serendipity to Strategy [video]
Sarah Frankel, University of Louisville; Rachel Howard, University of Louisville

Partnering with Student Journals to Increase Visibility and Discoverability [video]
Omar Dewidar, University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine; Jeanette Hatherill, University of Ottawa Library; Zacharie Saint-Georges, University of Ottawa Journal of Medicine

The Pursuit of High Research Activity Classification: Library/Learning Commons Support for Student Publishing [video]
Linda Cifelli, Kean University; Craig Anderson, Kean University

Meet Rebus Ink: An open, values-driven research workflow tool for the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences [video]
Zoe Wake Hyde, Rebus Foundation

Let’s Get Packing: How the Laurier Library partnered with the Bookstore and Printing Services to take over Coursepack Publishing [video]
Lauren Bourdages, Copyright and Reserves Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University Library; Melanie Ross, Copyright and Reserves Associate, Wilfrid Laurier University Library

Community Espress-ion: the Espresso Book Machine, public libraries, and the development of creative communities [video] [slides]
Elizabeth Murtough, University College Dublin

Tuesday, May 11

12:00 PM to 1 PM | Invited plenary: No More Apologies: LIS Publishing Reimagined
Speaker list: Megdi Abebe (she/her), Joyce Gabiola (they/m), Sofia Leung (she/her), Kristina Santiago (she/her/ella)

1 PM to 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM | Plenary: Sponsor Showcase

2:15 PM to 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
How DOAJ disseminates metadata from your open access journal to key discovery services worldwide  [video] [slides]
Dom Mitchell, Operations Manager, DOAJ

Save our Search: Ways to improve online journal discoverability [video]
Jennifer Kemp, Head of Partnerships at Crossref; Brian Cody, Scholastica CEO and Co-founder

Not a Needle in a Haystack! Increasing Journal Discoverability [video]
rachel lee, eScholarship Publishing, California Digital Library

WordPress Wizardry: Building Publications in WordPress [video]
Laureen Boutang, University of Minnesota Libraries; John Barneson, University of Minnesota Libraries; Shane Nackerud, University of Minnesota Libraries; Emma Molls, University of Minnesota Libraries

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 PM to 5 PM

Taking Open Textbooks Beyond Gen Ed: Building a New OER Publishing Model to Support Career and Vocational Education [video]
Robert Hilliker, Rowan University; Marilyn Ochoa, Middlesex County College

Scribbling in the Margins of the Scholarly Communication Notebook [video] [slides]
Maria Bonn, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; Josh Bolick, University of Kansas; Will Cross, North Carolina State University

Community, Storytelling, and Good Metadata: Marketing Advice for OER Librarians [video]
Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa, Pressbooks

Migration and More: Moving from DigitalCommons 
Laura Baird, Systems & Applications Librarian, Pacific University; Johanna Meetz, Publishing & Repository Services Librarian, The Ohio State University

After the migration: What editors like (and miss) after moving from bepress to OJS [video] [slides]
Kristin Hoffmann, University of Western Ontario; Emily Carlisle-Johnston, University of Western Ontario

A Consortium Approach to Library Publishing Via the Open Journal System and the Texas Digital Library [video]
Taylor Davis-Van Atta, University of Houston; Lea DeForest, Texas Digital Library; Susan Elkins, Sam Houston State University; Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University; David Lowe, Texas A&M University; Alexa Hight (chair), Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi; Laura Heinz, Texas Tech University; Kristi Park, Texas Digital Library; Denyse Rodgers, Baylor University; Laura Waugh, Texas State University; Justin White, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Amanda Zerangue, Texas Woman’s University; Adrian Shapiro, Texas Woman’s University; Alex Suarez, Texas Digital Library; N. Woodward, Texas Digital Library

Wednesday, May 12

12:00 PM to 1 PM | Invited plenary: Interweaving the golden threads into a publishing service  [video]
Moderator: Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town , South Africa
Panelists: Jill Claassen University of Cape Town; Omo Oaiya, West and Central African Research and Education Network – Nigeria; Caroline Ncube, University of Cape Town; Anna Leonard, University of Namibia

 1 PM to 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Promoting justice-forward language in publications: Policies and actions at your press [video]
Press 1: Sarah Muncy, University of Cincinnati Press, Managing Editor; Liz Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press, Director
Press 2: Amanda Krause, University of Arizona Press, Editorial, Design, and Production Manager; Kristen Buckles, University of Arizona Press, Editor-in-Chief
Press 3: Kristen Elias Rowley, Editor in Chief, The Ohio State University Press

Advancing Library Publishing Infrastructure: An Update on the Next Gen Library Publishing (NGLP) project [video]
Moderator: Catherine Mitchell (CDL)
Presenters: Paul Walk (COAR), Katherine Skinner (Educopia), Zach Davis (Cast Iron Coding), Kristen Ratan (Stratos)

2:15 PM to 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

The Power of No: Building a Sustainable Publishing Program [slides]
Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Johanna Meetz, The Ohio State University

Open Access Outreach Through Black Lives Matter Edit-a-thons: Building a Wikipedia Community of Practice [video]
Melissa Seelye, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University; Matt Martin, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University; Devone Rodrigues, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University; Toni Panlilio, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 PM to 5 PM

Choosing Formats for Accessible E-books and E-journals: An EPUB3/HTML5 Case Study [video]
Race MoChridhe, Atla

Open Access(ibility): Collaborating with Editors to Ensure Accessible Content [video] [slides]
Josh Cromwell, University of Southern Mississippi

Journal Seeks Publisher: How JLSC Imagined, Sought, and Found Its Next Partner [video] [slides]
Jill Cirasella, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Rebekah Kati, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Wendy C. Robertson, University of Iowa; David Lewis, Emeritus, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Daniel Bangert, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy; Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University

Thursday, May 13

12:00 PM to 1:15 PM | Plenary: Lightning Talks
Adapting Free Tools to New Digital Publishing Uses [video]
Daina Dickman, Sacramento State University; Mya Dosch Sacramento State University

Developing a Bilingual OER: Pursuing Student Translations for an Open Physics Textbook [video]
Moriana M. Garcia, University of Rochester; Kristen Totleben, University of Rochester

Open Editors [video]
Andreas Pacher, TU Wien Bibliothek

Project Open Source Academic Publishing Suite OS-APS) [video] [slides]
Markus Putnings, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), University Library / FAU University Press; Carsten Borchert, SciFlow GmbH; Frederik Eichler, Co-founder, SciFlow GmbH

Revising the Model Publishing Contract for Open Educational Resources [video]
Cheryl E. Ball, Wayne State University Libraries; Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University Libraries

Using the Instructor Guide for Course Journals to support in-class, library-supported student publishing projects [video]
Kate Shuttleworth, Simon Fraser University; Karen Meijer-Kline, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Using Web Scraping to Enrich Metadata [video] [code]
Joseph Muller, Michigan Publishing

1:15 PM to 1:30 PM | Break

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Library Publishing and Scholarly Bibliographies: A Case Study [video]
Ally Laird, Penn State University; Angel Peterson, Penn State University

Analyzing the content of the publications of the National Library and Archives of Iran and examining the degree of compatibility of their subjects with the approval of the Publishing Council of the organization: a study of books published between 2009-2019 [video 1 of 2] [video 2 of 2] [slides]
Foroozan Rezaeinia, Publishing Expert in National Library and Archives of Iran; Somaye sadat Hashemi, Reference Librarian at National Library and Archives of Iran

Data For Good: Open Journals @ Appalachian [video]
Agnes Gambill, Appalachian State University

‘Opening the Future’ – a new funding model for open-access monographs: introducing an innovative approach to publishing OA books through library membership funding [video]
Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck (University of London), Open Library of the Humanities, & COPIM

The potential of Library Publishing Services to transform scholarly communication in Ireland [slides w/audio]
Dr. Johannah Duffy, Marino Institute of Education

The Evolving Scholar rethinks the publishing and publication processes [video] [slides]
Frédérique Belliard, Open publishing (open access) advocate and open scholarly communication lead, TU Delft Library; Nicoleta Nastase, Innovation Consultant, TU Delft Open

2:30 PM to 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Presenting Preprints: Are Library Publishers the New Facebook? [video]
Lisa Schiff, Associate Director, Publishing, Archives, and Digitization, California Digital Library, University of California; Juan Pablo Alperin, Co-director of the ScholCommLab; Associate Director of Research of the Public Knowledge Project; Assistant Professor in the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, Canada; Bruce Caron, Co-Founder, EarthArXiv; Founder, New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, Santa Barbara; Martin Paul Eve, Project Lead for Janeway; Co-Director, Open Library of the Humanities; Project Lead for Janeway; Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London; Alex Mendonça, Online Submission & Preprints Coordinator, SciELO Brazil

Beyond the “new normal”: a speculative reconsideration of undergraduate publishing [video] [slides]
Dana Ospina, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Developing Open Access Journals using OJS: Best practices maintaining, promoting, and growing your portfolio of student-run academic journals [video]
Gabe Feldstein, Boston College

Adapting Podcasts to a Digital Humanities Practice [video]
Corinne Guimont, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Virginia Tech: Joe Forte, Digital Humanities Specialist, Virginia Tech

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 PM to 5 PM

LPC Fellows Forum 2021 [video-Anderson] [video-Boston]
Jody Bailey, LPC Board President (2020-2021) and Head of Scholarly Communications Office, Emory University; Talea Anderson, LPC Fellow (2019-2021) and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Washington State University; A.J. Boston, LPC Fellow (2019-2021) and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Murray State University

Long-Term Preservation of Digital Library Publishing Content  [video] [slides-Van Dyck & Wise] [slides-Mulliken]
Craig Van Dyck, outgoing Executive Director, CLOCKSS Archive; Jasmine Mulliken, Stanford University Press; Alicia Wise, incoming Executive Director, CLOCKSS Archive

Friday, May 14

12:00 PM to 1 PM | Keynote address by Kaitlin Thaney, Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure
Opening minds to open infrastructure  [video]

1 PM to 1:15 PM | Break

1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

How to cooperate with Sci-Hub and Libgen (if at all) ? [video] [slides/text]
Mikael Böök, IFLA (personal affiliate)

“Transformative Agreements” & Library Publishing: A Short Examination [video] [text]
Dave S. Ghamandi, University of Virginia

Advancing Open Access Book Analytics for Library Publishing: Moving from use cases and case studies to next steps
Christina Drummond, Data Trust Program Officer, Educopia Institute / OA Ebook Usage Data Trust; Lara Speicher, Head of Publishing, UCL Press; Charles Watkinson Associate University Librarian for Publishing / Director, University of Michigan Press; Andrew Joseph, Digital Publisher, Wits University Press; Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communication, Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University

2:15 PM to 2:45 PM | Break

2:45 PM to 3:45 PM

Measuring Impact: Reflecting on University of Michigan Press’ COVID-19 Response [video] [slides]
Emma DiPasquale, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library

Changing a Library Publishing Program: How the USF Library was able to affectively scale-down library publishing services in the wake of COVID-19 [video]
Jason Boczar, University of South Florida

Learnings from Our First Virtual Book Launch [video]
Laurie Taylor, Senior Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies, University of Florida: Perry Collins, Copyright & OER Librarian, University of Florida: Chelsea Johnston, Scholarly Publishing & Repository Librarian, University of Florida; Tracy MacKay-Ratliff, LibraryPress@UF Designer and Coordinator, University of Florida

Context, not checklists! Workshopping a collaborative, context-driven approach to evaluating journals [pre-workshop video: Reviews: The Journal of Journal Reviews] [rubric] [try out the rubric and provide feedback] [contact the RJJR team] [responses to session comments and feedback]
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University; Brianne Selman, University of Winnipeg; Stephanie Towery, Texas State University; Leila Sterman, Montana State University; Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University; Teresa Schultz, University of Nevada, Reno

3:45 PM to 4:00 PM | Break

4:00 PM to 5 PM

(Re)defining a library’s journal hosting service: higher expectations, improved support [video]
Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries; Priscilla Carmini, University of Toronto Libraries

Enhancing Services to Preserve New Forms of Scholarship [video]
Jonathan Greenberg, NYU Libraries; Karen Hanson, Portico

Growing a sustainable publishing technology service for libraries [video] [slides]
Bart Kawula, Scholars Portal; Kaitlin Newson, Scholars Portal

An Update from the DOAJ and the LPC Community Relationship [video]
David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University; Emma Molls, University of Minnesota; Judith Barnsby, DOAJ

Developing a library-press partnership through team teaching a course in journal publishing [video]
Jeanne Pavy, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of New Orleans Library; Abram Himelstein, Editor-in-Chief, University of New Orleans Press

Case Study: Publishing Multilingual Open Access International Peer Reviewed Journals [video]
Jill Krefft, Florida International University

Keynote Speakers

Kaitlin ThaneyKaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a non-profit initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for the open technologies and systems that research relies on.

She previously served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.

Elaine Westbrooks

Elaine Westbrooks

Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which includes 9 libraries with approximately 300 librarians, archivists, and staff.

Westbrooks is a member of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee of Triangle Research Libraries Network, the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors.  She co-edited Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. Because of Westbrooks expertise and leadership in scholarly communications and the crisis of academic publishing, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Vox, Inside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Westbrooks has also emerged as a leading thinker on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries.  She has presented her research at the Digital Library Federation, Coalition for Networked Information, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.


May 8, 2024:

2024 Forum Sponsor Highlight: Manifold

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May 7, 2024:

2024 Forum Sponsor Highlight: Pressbooks

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May 2, 2024:

2024 Forum Sponsor Highlight: Janeway + Fulcrum

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Code of Conduct

All participation in the Virtual Library Publishing Forum is subject to the Library Publishing Coalition’s Code of Conduct.


Sponsors of the Library Publishing Forum demonstrate their commitment to the emerging community of library publishers, including their many affiliates and partners. Sponsorship dollars fund the costs associated with hosting this conference. A thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

Forum Sponsors

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Program Committee

  • Justin Gonder, California Digital Library (chair)
  • Robin Bedenbaugh, University of Tennessee
  • Sonya Betz, University of Alberta
  • Jason Boczar, University of South Florida
  • A.J. Boston, Murray State University (2019-21 LPC Fellow)
  • Jane Buggle, Dublin Business School
  • Johanna Meetz, Ohio State University
  • Regina Raboin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lauren Collister, University of Pittsburgh (2022 host liaison)
  • David Scherer, Carnegie Mellon University (2022 host liaison)
  • Christine Fruin, Atla (Board Liaison)