Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (7:30am-5:00pm)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Co-sponsors: BCcampus and Open Textbook Network
Registration: US$25 for morning workshop, US$10 for afternoon mini-conference


As the use of OERs continues to grow throughout the academy, this preconference will address the growing need for distinctive practices for developing, supporting, and hosting OERs as part of library publishing. The morning will consist of a hands-on textbook publishing workshop (planned in collaboration with the Open Textbook Network), and the afternoon will include panels and presentations (planned in collaboration with BCcampus).


7:30am – 8:00 AM: Breakfast
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Open Textbook Publishing Workshop
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch break (on your own)
1:00 – 5:00 PM: Practices and Possibilities (mini-conference)


Morning workshop: US$25 registration fee (limit 50 participants, includes breakfast and AM coffee/snack break)
**Update, March 15: The morning textbook publishing workshop is full. To be added to the waitlist for this workshop, email**

Afternoon mini-conference: US$10 registration fee (limit 100 participants, includes PM coffee/snack break)

Registration for the morning and afternoon sessions is separate; attendees can register for just one session or both. The registration deadline is April 19.



Morning: Open Textbook Publishing Workshop (8:00 – 11:30 AM)

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn effective project management for supporting open textbook publishing. Working at tables with experienced open textbook project managers, attendees will develop strategies for setting expectations with authors, guiding textbook development, creating project timelines, and supporting editing, design and production based on local capacity. Prior to the workshop, some preliminary work will be required to establish a shared understanding of open textbooks.

Instructor: Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network
Table facilitators: Karen Bjork, Portland State University; Michelle Brailey, University of Alberta; Corinne Guimont, Virginia Tech; Inba Kehoe, University of Victoria; Mark Konecny, University of Cincinnati; Amanda Larson, Penn State University; Carla Myers, Miami University; Anita Walz, Virginia Tech

Afternoon: Practices and Possibilities (1:00 – 5:00 PM)

In this series of presentations, you will engage with OER publishing from a programmatic and community perspective. Presenters will share their experiences developing and maintaining OER publishing programs, identify opportunities to collaborate and learn from OER stakeholders, and recommend future directions for the OER publishing community. Though activities and discussions, attendees will leave with practical next steps for their own programs, whether those programs are well-established, brand new, or merely in the conceptual stage.

Full Session

  • The Library as OER Publisher: Now What, Pandora? (Karen Meijer-Kline, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Caroline Daniels, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia; Leonora Crema, University of British Columbia; Lucas Wright, University of British Columbia)


  • If You Build It, Will They Come? Faculty Preferences for Textbook Publishing Programs (Jessica Kirschner, Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • Keeping a Collection Strong: The Plan for Upgrading, Maintaining, and Building Canada’s Open Textbook Repository (Lauri Aesoph, BCcampus)
  • Advancing Open and Affordability: Libraries, University Presses, and Textbooks (Annie Johnson, Temple University)

Full Session

  • Open Content Deserves Open Platforms: Principles & Practices for a Publicly-Owned Publishing Infrastructure (Steel Wagstaff, Pressbooks; Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo; Lillian Hogendoorn, eCampusOntario; Amanda Wentworth, SUNY Geneseo)

Planning Committee

Sonya Betz, University of Alberta (chair)
Lauri Aesoph, BCcampus
Jonathan Bull, Valparaiso University
Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus
Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network
Matt Ruen, Grand Valley State University
Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition


Email with questions.