The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is accepting proposals for the 2021 Library Publishing Virtual Forum to be held online May 1014, 2021, with sessions running from 12:005:00 p.m. EST.

Proposal submissions are welcome from LPC members and nonmembers, including librarians, university press staff, scholars, students, and other scholarly communication and publishing professionals. We especially encourage proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs.


About the Forum

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 Forum includes representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works, including publishing vendors, university presses, and scholars. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend.

Some categories we hope to receive proposals for this year’s forum include (but are not limited to): Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI), university presses, society and association partnerships, funding models, copyright, open access publishing, and Open Educational Resources (OER).


Proposal Formats

We invite proposals in the following categories:

  • FULL SESSIONS
    Time allotted: 60 minutes total, including time for Q&A
    Delivery format: Entire session delivered live over web
    Full sessions must involve presenters from more than one institution or include significant interactive elements to effectively engage a large online audience. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format. (e.g., speaker presentations, roundtable discussion, workshop, working session, etc.).  If more than one proposal comes in for similar topics, the committee may put you in touch with the other session presenters and encourage you to collaborate on a single session. Discussions focused around workflows and project case studies are preferred. If you have a product or platform you would like to share, please consider a Lightning Presentation instead.
  • INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS
    Time allotted: 15 minutes per presentation, plus additional time for Q&A
    Delivery format: Presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation, which will be streamed at the time of the session, and followed by time for live Q&A
    Individual presentations are appropriate for one to two presenters on a single topic. These may be project updates, research reports, or new ideas. The committee will combine multiple presentations into thematic 1-hour sessions. To help us match you with related presentations, the proposal abstract should highlight key topics and themes around which a full session could be organized.
  • LIGHTNING PRESENTATIONS
    Time allotted: 2–3 minutes, plus 2–3 minutes for Q&A
    Delivery format: Presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation, which will be streamed at the time of the session, and followed by time for live Q&A
    Lightning presentations are an opportunity to share and describe a poster or brief slide deck. Presenters will have the opportunity to describe their poster or deck to attendees in a pre-recorded 2–3 minute presentation, with a brief live Q&A afterward. These sessions work well for visual content, concept ideas, and product or platform updates.

All proposals must include:

  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s);
  • Session title (and a brief social-media-friendly title);
  • Proposal format (Full, Individual, Lightning);
  • Abstract (300 word max.);
  • Information on any interactive components of the session activities, if applicable;
  • Learning objectives;
  • 2–3 keywords/tags that represent the theme of your presentation and/or intended audience.

Feedback from previous years indicates that sessions incorporating the following are particularly well received:

  • Interactive sessions with plenty of time for questions and contributions;
  • Case studies with timelines, costs and metrics for success;
  • New initiatives, partnerships, or research;
  • Sharing of best practices; 
  • Examples of library publishers working together to tackle challenges at scale;
  • Exploring the role of library publishing in the bigger context of scholarly communication;
  • Cross-collaborations with on-campus, local and international partners.

Please note: The entire forum will take place virtually using the Zoom platform. We therefore highly encourage presenters to think creatively about how to leverage both the Zoom platform as well as other online tools to foster interactivity with audiences that may number in the hundreds.


How to Submit

Submit proposals using the web form.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021 

Acceptance Notification: February 2021


Criteria for Selection

The LPC Program Committee will review and accept proposals based on their relevance to the audience, originality of the topic, the clarity of description, and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation. Recognizing that library publishing has a unique opportunity to amplify underrepresented voices in scholarly communication, the Committee will strive to represent a variety of perspectives in all sessions, with racial and gender diversity being an integral part of that variety.


Questions?

If you have questions or would like feedback on a proposal concept, please feel free to contact Justin Gonder at justin.gonder@ucop.edu.

If you have other questions about the 2021 Library Publishing Forum, email us at contact@librarypublishing.org.