Day/Time: Thursday, May 13, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Library Publishing and Scholarly Bibliographies: A Case Study


  • Ally Laird, Penn State University
  • Angel Peterson, Penn State University


The Pennsylvania State University Libraries Open Publishing Program publishes scholarly annotated bibliographies in partnership with units/departments within Penn State and editors across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since early 2020, we have almost doubled our production of bibliographies with both published and in progress projects, bringing our catalog up to twelve publications. We use the Drupal Biblio module to publish these annotated and searchable bibliographies, some of which are used by libraries and organizations around the world. We have learned a lot about scholarly bibliography publishing over the past five years and have used that knowledge to create a bibliography publishing workflow that ensures a timely and thorough process from the initial consultation to the final publication launch. In this session, we wish to highlight some of our bibliographies and discuss the publishing process, including the proposal review by our publishing board, consultations process with the editors, the content review and proofreading process, pain points in content organization and keyword searching, the creation and addition of content to our Drupal bibliography websites, and final publication. The publications we will highlight range in topic from indigenous knowledge for agriculture and rural development; utopian literature in the English language; and memoirs and primary sources documenting Polish Jews fleeing the Soviet Union during World War II. Attendees will come away from this session with an understanding of the scholarly bibliography publishing process at Penn State and proposed metrics for success.

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


  • Foroozan Rezaeinia, Publishing Expert in National Library and Archives of Iran
  • Somaye sadat Hashemi, Reference Librarian at National Library and Archives of Iran

Description:The National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) are a scientific, research, and service providing institution which was established in 1937. The Publishing Institute of the NLAI is one of the affiliated institutions of this organization, which was established in 1990.

Among the duties of publishing are reviewing and approving authorship, translating and publishing printed and manuscript works on Iran and Islam, especially the Islamic Revolution, research resources and library and information sciences, and publishing works compiled by different departments of the NLAI, including bibliographies, researches, and journals.

One of the goals of the organization’s publication is to provide a national model for library and archival publishing through the publication of scientific research resources; planning, ‌ coordinating and creating unity of procedure in the field of publishing activities of the organization; preparing of specialized works in the fields of knowledge and information sciences, ‌archival and documentary studies and researches such as subject headings, classifications, thesauruses, handbooks, sources of oral history, etc.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the content of what the NLAI has published during the years 2009-2019. The number of books published in these years is 64 which will be reviewed by qualitative research method and using checklist. The subject of the book is based on the information of the Iranian National Bibliography.

Data For Good: Open Journals @ Appalachian


  • Agnes Gambill, Appalachian State University


Data journals provide the academic community with high-quality, peer-reviewed datasets, data analyses, and data standards, yet few are in existence compared to the extensive number of traditional scholarly journals. The value of data journals is immense as it provides contributors and researchers with the ability to build upon openly published data sets, something that is integral to robust open science practices.

This presentation will discuss a case study of launching an open access publishing program to support the publication of two new open data journals at Appalachian State University, an R2 institution in the University of North Carolina System. The new initiative is a joint collaboration between Appalachian State University, the University of Arkansas, and SAS Institute. The data journals in question aim to publish articles and associated datasets that support one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This presentation will cover project timelines, costs associated with getting started, legal considerations, data storage options, and using the PubPub platform.