The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Library Publishing Forum! After the success of our Virtual Forums in 2020 and 2021, we are thrilled to offer both in-person and online options this year, with a virtual preconference the week of May 16, 2022, followed by the in-person Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 25–26, 2022

Proposal submissions for both the virtual preconference and the in-person Forum are welcome from LPC members and nonmembers, including library employees, university press employees, scholars, students, and other scholarly communication and publishing professionals. We welcome proposals from first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs.

We are committed to expanding the diversity of perspectives we hear from at the Library Publishing Forum. Working towards some of the “Continuing Initiatives” from the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice, this year we ask all proposals to explicitly address how they are inclusive of multiple perspectives, address DEI, or incorporate anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches. We also encourage speakers to provide us with information about themselves that will assist us in identifying proposals that balance geography, identity, and representation, especially from marginalized groups. Presentations about specific communities should include members of that community in their speaker list, and for sessions with multiple speakers, we seek to avoid all-white and all-male panels. Everyone submitting a presentation will also have an opportunity to complete a brief, anonymous demographic survey so we can better understand who is submitting proposals to LPF.

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 for which 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, intersections of library publishing with broader social issues, and Open Educational Resources (OER).

We invite proposals for both our virtual pre-conference and the in-person Library Publishing Forum. Please review the event and session format descriptions carefully to determine which best fits your proposal.

Virtual Preconference

The virtual preconference will take place entirely online the week of May 16, 2022 (days TBD, most likely one to two afternoons). Session types include:

Full Sessions

These online sessions are 60 minutes long, including time for Q&A, and are delivered synchronously to an online audience. 

Full sessions must involve presenters from more than one institution or include significant interactive elements to effectively engage a large online audience. Examples of interactive elements include polling, chat discussion, or guiding attendees through independent activities. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format. 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. If you have a product or platform you would like to share, please consider a Lightning Presentation instead.

Individual Presentations 

These online sessions are 15 minutes long, with additional time for Q&A. Presenters will be asked to prerecord their presentations, which will be streamed for the scheduled time. Presenters attend the scheduled session and will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience during a synchronous Q&A session following the presentation.

Individual presentations are appropriate for one to two presenters on a single topic. These may be project updates, research reports, or new ideas. 

Lightning Presentations

These online sessions are 2–3 minutes, with additional time for Q&A. Presenters will be asked to prerecord their presentation, which will be streamed for the scheduled time. Presenters attend the scheduled session and will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience during a synchronous Q&A session following lightning presentations.

Lightning presentations are an opportunity to share and describe a poster or brief slide deck. These sessions work well for visual content, brief concepts, and product or platform updates.

In-Person Library Publishing Forum

The Library Publishing Forum will be taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 25 and 26, 2022, and we expect all sessions to be presented in person. Session types include:

Full Sessions 

These sessions are 60 minutes long, including time for Q&A.

Full sessions must involve presenters from more than one institution or include significant interactive elements to effectively engage an in-person audience. This could mean group discussion, guiding attendees through group or independent activities, or hands-on demonstration. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format (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. If you have a product or platform you would like to share, please consider a Poster Presentation instead.

Individual Presentations 

These sessions are 15 minutes long, with additional time for 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. 

Poster Presentations 

These sessions include a 90-second pitch and a one-hour viewing session. 

Poster presentations are best suited to visual content, concept ideas, and for presenters who want the chance to get individual feedback from attendees. Presenters will have an opportunity to provide a live 90-second pitch to invite attendees to visit their poster during the designated viewing session.

Proposal Information

Whether you are submitting for the virtual preconference or the in-person Forum, all proposals must include

  • Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Session title (and a brief social-media-friendly title)
  • Proposal format (Full, Individual, Lightning, Poster)
  • 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
  • An explanation of how the proposal is inclusive of multiple perspectives; addresses diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; or incorporates anti-racist or anti-oppressive approaches, topics or presentation techniques. Diversity encompasses many dimensions such as racial identities, ethnic identities, languages, geographic locations, ages, people with disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and lived experiences. 

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
  • Collaborations with on-campus, local and international partners

How to Submit

Submit proposals using the web form.

Extended Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021
Acceptance Notification: January 2022

Criteria for Selection

The LPC Program Committee will review and accept proposals based on

  • relevance to the audience
  • originality of the topic
  • clarity of description
  • potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation
  • consideration of how the proposed session contributes to a diverse and inclusive Forum
  • ensuring we provide opportunities on the program for as many voices as possible

Recognizing that library publishing has a unique opportunity to amplify marginalized voices in scholarly communication, the Committee will strive to select proposals that represent a variety of perspectives in all sessions, with racial and gender diversity being an integral part of that variety. 

Questions?

Email us at contact@librarypublishing.org.

More information about the Library Publishing Forum.