The call for proposals is now open for the 2018 Library Publishing Forum!

We welcome proposals from Library Publishing Coalition members and nonmembers, including librarians, university press staff, publishing service providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other scholarly communications and publishing professionals. We especially encourage first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs to submit proposals.

We invite proposals for both full sessions (60 minutes, including Q&A) and individual panel slots (~15 minutes). Proposals for full sessions must involve multiple presenters from different institutions and/or an interactive format (e.g. workshop, working session, discussion session, etc.). Case studies and individual speaker presentations must be submitted as individual panel slots, and will be matched up with other presentations into themed sessions.

The submission deadline is January 19, 2018.



Proposals are welcome on any library publishing topic. We particularly invite those that address the following themes:

  • New directions: Share your new initiatives, partnerships, or research, or tackle new challenges in library publishing.
  • Accessibility: Share how your program is working to achieve the broadest possible access to scholarship or explore opportunities for increasing the accessibility of digital publications.
  • Discovery: Share how you are increasing the reach and impact of your publications or propose collaborative solutions to discovery challenges.
  • In(ter)dependence: Share your perspective on the consequences – good and bad – of relying on in-house development versus vendor-provided publishing tools, or catalyze collaboration around the ownership of academic information infrastructures.

How to Submit

Submit proposals using the web form.

All proposals will include:

  • A session title (and a brief, social media-friendly title)
  • Names and affiliations of presenters
  • An abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • A description of learning outcomes or benefits to attendees

Full sessions: Full sessions must involve multiple presenters from different institutions and/or an interactive format. The abstract should include the topic and a clear description of the session format (e.g., panel presentation, roundtable discussion, workshop, working session, etc.).

Panel slots: Panel slots are appropriate for individual (or pairs of) presenters. These may be case studies, project updates, research reports, demonstrations of new tools, etc. The abstract should include the topic and identify any of the conference themes with which it aligns.

Proposal Review and Notification

The LPC Program Committee will review and accept proposals based on their relevance to the audience, the clarity of description, and their potential for inspiring discussion, collaboration, and innovation.


Submission Deadline: January 19, 2018
Acceptance Notification: February 28, 2018


If you have questions about the 2018 Library Publishing Forum or would like feedback on a proposal concept, please feel free to contact Matt Ruen, chair of the Program Committee.

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