Day/Time: Thursday, May 19,  3:45pm – 4:45pm


  • Curtis Brundy, Iowa State University
  • Harrison W. Inefuku, Iowa State University
  • Sharla Lair, LYRASIS


In July 2021, the Iowa State University (ISU) Digital Press became the publisher of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. ISU Digital Press committed to fully fund JLSC for the first year, but only up to half of the funding after that. The Digital Press and the JLSC Editorial Board were faced with the task that so many journals must take on—fundraising. In order to maintain JLSC as a OA publication with no charges to authors, and the financial constraints that resulted from the change in publisher, JLSC sought a broader network of support. They believed that broad and diverse community funding support would strengthen the reputation of the journal in the field and ensure long-term sustainability if they highlighted its inclusive organization and the support by multiple organizations. So, in late 2021, JLSC and the ISU Digital Press formed a partnership with the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). OACIP is a community-driven framework that enables all stakeholders to strategically evaluate and fund OA publications with the goal to help match prospective funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards seeking funding for OA publishing. Given the nature of the journal, we think it is an excellent example to showcase a non-profit approach to OA without article processing fees, supported by a multiple stakeholder funding community.

In this presentation, we will share what we are learning through this unique partnership by outlining what is working and what needs improvement. We will discuss if this case study is replicable and scalable for the library publishing community, and then, together, consider emerging opportunities for sustaining library publishing and further bolstering the Library Publishing Coalition’s commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, opportunity, and inclusion.