Keynote Speakers

Cheryl BallCheryl E. Ball

Cheryl is Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She  teaches classes in editing, multimedia authoring, and digital publishing. Ball has published articles and webtexts on multimodal composition and digital publishing inClassroom Discourse, Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Writing & Pedagogy. She has also published several books, including The New Work of Composing (co-edited with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman); RAW: Reading and Writing New Media (co-edited with Jim Kalmbach); andWriter/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (co-authored with Kristin Arola & Jenny Sheppard). She is co-PI on a $1m Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to build an open-access, multimedia, academic publishing platform, Vega.

Dan MorganDan Morgan

Dan is Digital Science Publisher at the University of California Press, and the Publisher of Collabra (, the Press’ new value-sharing OA journal. He joined UC Press in June 2014 to focus on mission-driven, not-for-profit, digital initiatives. He has worked in scholarly publishing for over 13 years, in publishing management, research, open access, and strategy roles. All of that time was at Elsevier where he ended up the head of the Psychology and Cognitive Sciences journals department, then Senior Manager for Open Access and other outreach for North America. He is a passionate advocate for open access, open science, and advancing scholarly communication.

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Tuesday, May 17: OER Preconference

11:30 – 1:00pm | Registration

1:00 – 2:30pm

PANEL: OERs: How and Why? [recording]

How and Why to Dramatically Decrease Textbook Costs
Amy Filiatreau, Lynn University
Jordan Chussler, Lynn University

Scaling up OER Publishing with a Networked Approach [slides]
Kate Pitcher, SUNY Geneseo
Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo

Publishing on a Dime: Opportunities and Challenges in Creating an OER Publishing Program
Karen Bjork, Portland State University
Marilyn Billings, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2:30 – 3:15pm | LIGHTNING TALKS

OER Snapshots [recording]

Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts: Building Support for OER from Existing Services on Campus [slides]
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University Libraries

ARL SPEC Kit: Affordable and Open Educational Resource Initiatives in Libraries [slides]
Anita Walz, Virginia Tech

The Global Open Textbook Co-operative Project: New Ways to Support International Perspectives on Learning
Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University

3:15 – 3:45pm | Coffee Break

3:45 – 5:00pm | WORKSHOP

Setting an OER Agenda [slides]
Dave Ernst, Open Textbook Network
Sarah Cohen, Open Textbook Network

Wednesday, May 18

8:00 – 8:45am | Registration

8:45 – 9:00am | Welcome Remarks

9:00 – 10:00am | OPENING KEYNOTE

Cheryl Ball, West Virginia University

10:00 – 10:30am | Coffee Break

10:30am – 11:45am | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

PANEL: Why Did You Publish That? How University Presses and Library Publishers Choose their Projects [recording]
Karen DeVinney, University of North Texas Press (moderator)
Karen Bjork, Portland State University Library
Derek Krissoff, Director, University of West Virginia Press
Margy Avery, Amherst College Press
Kathryn Conrad, University of Arizona Press
Peter Froehlich,  Purdue University Libraries

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House: On the Placement, Organization, and Relationships Between Library Publishing and Scholarly Communication 
Meredith Kahn, University of Michigan


Helping Fledgling Journals Leave the Nest [slides]
R. Philip Reynolds, Stephen F. Austin State University

How Library Publishing Programs Can Support Journals Leaving a Major Publisher in Favor of OA [slides]
Ted Polley, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Getting Titles into Link Resolvers [slides]
Wendy Robertson, University of Iowa

11:45am – 1:00pm | Lunch


PANEL: Publishing Undergraduate Scholarship: Should You Be Afraid? [recording]
Emily Symonds Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis [slides]
Jeffrey Rubin, Tulane University [slides]
Allegra Swift, The Claremont Colleges [slides]

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Collaborating Across Campus and the Community to Create Open Textbooks
Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Kansas State University

WORKSHOP: Publishing Assets as Linked Data with Fedora 4 (Part I)
David Wilcox, DuraSpace
Andrew Woods, DuraSpace

2:00 – 2:30pm | Coffee Break

Tour of Sandborn Music Reading Room


PRESENTATION: Scholarly Publishing Literacy: Reaching our Researchers [recording]
Carol Ann Borchert, University of South Florida
Jason Boczar, University of South Florida Libraries

LIGHTNING PANEL: Moving Forward Locally and Collectively [recording]

Project Management Tools to Get Us Up and Running[slides]
Kate McCready, University of Minnesota

Conducting a Comprehensive Survey of Publishing Activity at Your Institution [slides]
Meredith Kahn, University of Michigan

Project Meerkat: The Publishing Analytics Data Trust [slides]
Sarah Melton, Emory University

WORKSHOP: Publishing Assets as Linked Data with Fedora 4 (Part II)
David Wilcox, DuraSpace
Andrew Woods, DuraSpace

3:30 – 4:00pm | Coffee Break

Tour of The Factory, UNT Libraries’ Maker Space

4:00 – 5:15pm | PLENARY SESSION

PANEL: Librarian Engagement and Social Justice in Publishing [slides] [recording]
Charlotte Roh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Emily Drabinski, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Harrison Inefuku, Iowa State University

5:30 – 7:00pm | RECEPTION & Sponsor Showcase

Thursday, May 19

9:45 – 10:00am | Registration


9:45 – 10:15am | Coffee Break

Tour of Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room, UNT Libraries Special Collections

10:15 – 10:30am | Welcome Remarks

10:30 – 11:45am | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

PANEL: A Collaborative Solution to Scholarly Publishing’s Challenges: Building the Lever Press [recording]
Margy Avery, Amherst College Press [slides]
Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan
Allegra Swift, Claremont Colleges [slides]


Committing to the Non-Traditional: The Path to the Incorporation of 3D Models in an Online Journal [slides]
Dillon Wackerman, Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Robert Z. Selden, Stephen F. Austin State University

The “Georgia Coast Atlas”: Reimagining Online Atlas Publishing
Anandi Salinas, Emory University

Reading the Reader: Building a User-Centered Publishing Prototype in a Web Browser [slides]
Scott Young, Montana State University
Jan Zauha, Montana State University
Michelle Gollehon, Montana State University

WORKSHOP: OJS 3.0 and OMP 1.2: The Latest in Open Source Software for Library Publishing (Part I)
Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

11:45am – 1:15pm | Lunch


BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Negotiating Prospects and Perils of Publishing Undergraduate Research 
Andrew Rouner, Washington University in St. Louis Libraries
Emily Stenberg, Washington University in St. Louis Libraries

PRESENTATION: From Shoestrings to Pursestrings: Securing Funding for Small, Open-Access Scholarly Journals [slides] [recording]
Kelly Witchen, University of Michigan
Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan
Allison Peters, University of Michigan


Streamlining Monograph Production with Collaborative Knowledge Framework Tools [slides]
Justin Gonder, California Digital Library

Building a Hosted Platform for Managing Monographic Source Materials and Born Digital Publications [slides]
Jonathan McGlone, University of Michigan

The Costs of Publishing OA Monographs: Results from a Study of 20 University Presses [slides]
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint

WORKSHOP: OJS 3.0 and OMP 1.2: The Latest in Open Source Software for Library Publishing (Part II)
Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

2:15 – 2:45pm     | Coffee Break

Mini-Workshop: Digital Monograph P+L (RSVP REQUIRED)
Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint


PRESENTATION: Amplifying Student Voices in Library Publishing through Experiential Learning [slides[recording]
Jane Nichols, Oregon State University
Korey Jackson, Oregon State University


The Power to Publish: How Academic Librarians Support and Promote Scholarly Publishing [slides]
Jennifer Townes, Atlanta University Center
Emy Decker, Atlanta University Center

Changing Structures, Changing Cultures: The Role of the University in Scholarly Communication
Liz Glass, Brown University

Launching UNC Press’s Office of Scholarly Publishing Services
John McLeod, University of North Carolina Press

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Humanities Open Access Monograph Publishing in Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges
Aaron McCollough, UIUC
Jason Colman, University of Michigan

* This session was originally proposed by Melody Layton McMahon and Lisa Gonzalez, Catholic Theological Union, who were unfortunately unable to attend the conference.

4:30 – 5:30pm | CLOSING KEYNOTE  [ recording]
Dan Morgan, UC Press


7:00pm | Dine-Arounds