Library Publishing Directory

The Library Publishing Directory provides an annual snapshot of the publishing activities of academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and their future plans. In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators.

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Professional Development


The LPC’s Professional Development Committee coordinates an occasional webinar series to provide opportunities to share knowledge, discuss on-the-ground experiences, and build on community expertise. Webinar recordings are made openly available here.

10/04/18Publisher as Researcher
02/06/18Figuring it out together: Building foundational knowledge for OER publishing
02/01/18Best practices in open access publishing
01/17/18Copyright and Creative Commons: Publishing with open licenses
12/12/17Creating Accessible PDFs
09/07/ for Web Annotation
07/27/17ORCID in Publishing Workflows
01/25/17Maximizing Discovery and Impact of Scholarly Monographs in the OA Era: Barriers and Opportunities​
11/15/16Open Access Presses
10/19/16OA Journal Publishing: DOAJ Indexing and Best Practice
06/21/16Manifold: Open Source Publishing Platform for Digital Editions
05/24/16Working with Publication Agreements
04/26/16Analytics for Library Publishers
03/09/16Accessibility and Usability for Web Publications
02/17/16XML Document Parsing & Publishing: PKP Smarter Scholarly Texts Project
01/28/16Getting Your Copyright Ducks in a Row
12/09/15Submission Management for Library Publishers
10/19/15Open, Networked Textbooks: Building an Ecosystem

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Professional Development Guide

The Library Publishing Professional Development Guide compiles training and professional development materials (including courses, webinars, readings, and fee-based programs) for library publishers.

The production of this guide is sponsored and coordinated by the LPC’s Professional Development Committee, which bears primary responsibility for assessing professional development needs and planning and implementing professional development and training opportunities for LPC members throughout the year. The guide is hosted by the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to both Adrian Ho at the University of Kentucky Libraries and Melanie Schlosser at LPC.

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Job Board

The LPC maintains a list of jobs that incorporate library publishing roles. To be included in this list, the position must be located administratively in a library, or report directly to a library-based supervisor. The primary function(s) of the position must directly engage in the creation, dissemination, and/or curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works. Administrative positions that do not directly engage in these functions may be included if they include supervisory responsibility primarily for employees who are performing these functions. If you’d like to add a posting, please contact us.

09/11/19Scholarly Communication LibrarianUniversity of California, Santa CruzSanta Cruz, CA
08/14/19Publishing Librarian I/II/IIIWayne State University LibrariesDetroit, MI
07/03/19Scholarly Communications Librarian I/IIVillanova UniversityVillanova, PA
06/10/19Publishing and Repository Services LibrarianThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
05/29/19Open Education CoordinatorUniversity of OklahomaNorman, OK
04/23/19Copyright and Scholarly Communications ManagerBall State UniversityMuncie, IN
04/23/19Senior Software DeveloperCalifornia Digital LibraryOakland, CA
04/18/19Student Project AssistantPublic Knowledge Project (PKP)Remote
04/12/19Resident LibrarianIowa State UniversityAmes, IA
04/12/19Project ManagerBrown UniversityProvidence, RI
04/03/19Visiting Research Programmer for Scholarly Communication and Publishing (2-Year Appointment)University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-Champaign, IL
04/03/19Diversity Resident Librarian (2 positions)Penn State University LibrariesUniversity Park, PA
03/07/19Digital Publishing and Outreach SpecialistBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA
03/04/19Digital Publishing SpecialistUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
02/11/19General Software DevelopersPublic Knowledge ProjectRemote
01/24/19SWORD Server DeveloperPublic Knowledge ProjectRemote
01/15/19Production Assistant for Repository ServicesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
01/02/19Assistant Managing EditorUniversity of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
12/17/18Scholarly Communications LibrarianFlorida State University LibrariesTallahassee, FL
12/10/18Copyright and Scholarly Communications ManagerBall StateMuncie, IN
12/03/18Librarian for Digital Media and PublishingVanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN
11/19/18Director for Scholarly CommunicationsUniversity of North Carolina, GreensboroGreensboro, NC
11/19/18Scholarly Communications LibrarianVillanova UniversityVillanova, PA
10/08/18Digital Publishing Research FellowCal PolySan Luis Obispo, CA
09/18/18Open Access Publishing Program InternshipAmerican Theological Library Associationremote work
08/28/18Head of Scholarly Communications, Copyright, and PublishingDartmouth CollegeHanover, New Hampshire
08/16/18Journals CoordinatorUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
08/13/18Publication Management System CoordinatorCalifornia Digital LibraryOakland, CA
08/03/18Repository Services CoordinatorUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-Champaign, IL
07/16/18Library Publishing SpecialistUniversity of Texas, ArlingtonArlington, TX
06/14/18Associate Dean of Libraries–Digital StrategySimon Fraser UniversityBurnaby, BC
04/05/18Digital Publishing LibrarianColumbia UniversityNew York, NY
03/23/18Community Manager, FulcrumUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
03/07/18Sales and Marketing DirectorUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
03/06/18Librarian, Scholarly Communication (Assistant or Associate)University of ArizonaTuscon, AZ
02/22/18OER Publishing CoordinatorSUNY GeneseoGeneseo, NY
02/15/18Head, Library Publishing and Digital Production ServicesUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, Alberta
02/05/18Scholarly Communications OfficerSeattle UniversitySeattle, WA
01/19/18Digital Publishing and Copyright LibrarianUniversity of DelawareNewark, Delaware
01/11/18User Experience and Project Management LibrarianIUPUIIndianapolis, IN
01/11/18Library FellowValparaiso UniversityValparaiso, Indiana
11/10/17Associate Dean for Curation, Publishing and Preservation ServicesGrand Valley State UniversityAllendale, MI
10/18/17Scholarly Communications LibrarianWest Virginia UniversityMorgantown, WV
10/17/17Scholarly Communications LibrarianWest Virginia UniversityMorgantown, WV
10/06/17Scholarly Communications LibrarianButler UniversityIndianapolis, IN 46208 (317) 940-9714
10/04/17Digital Publishing LeadGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA
10/04/17Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing LeadGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA
10/04/17Scholarly Communications LibrarianButler UniversityIndianapolis, IN
10/03/17Scholarly Sharing StrategistOhio State UniversityColumbus, OH
08/21/17Publications & Support SpecialistPublic Knowledge ProjectBurnaby, British Columbia
07/17/17Assistant Director for Scholarly Communication & ProjectsColumbia UniversityNew York, NY
07/14/17LibraryPress@UF CoordinatorUniversity of FloridaGainesville, FL
07/10/17Publishing Services LeadOhio State UniversityColumbus, OH
07/10/17Production Assistant for Publishing ServicesOhio State UniversityColumbus, OH
07/07/17Digital Publishing CoordinatorUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
06/16/17Scholarly Communication/Open Access Publishing ManagerAmerican Theological Library AssociationChicago, IL
06/12/17Assistant/Associate Librarian – Digital Publishing Project Librarian (Open Rank)Texas Tech UniversityLubbock,TX
04/07/17Head of Scholarly Publishing & Intellectual AccessUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
04/04/17Resident LibrarianUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
03/30/17Technical Communications Specialist (Open Publishing Program Specialist)Penn State UniversityUniversity Park, PA
03/28/17Associate Dean, Content Management and Scholarly CommunicationsKansas State UniversityManhattan, KS
03/09/17Scholarly Communication and Data Curation Librarian/Assistant ProfessorSt. John’s UniversityNew York. NY
03/06/17Digital Humanities LibrarianUniversity of KentuckyLexington, KY
03/02/17Scholarly Communications LibrarianGettysburg CollegeGettysburg, PA
02/02/17Digital Publishing LeadGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA
01/19/17Scholarly Publishing Outreach LibrarianUniversity of Washington LibrariesSeattle, WA
01/11/17Journals and Serials Strategic ManagerPurdue University PressWest Lafayette, Indiana
01/10/17Open Publishing/Collections LibrarianSyracuse UniversitySyracuse, NY
11/30/16E-Scholarship Repository LibrarianBoston CollegeBoston, MA
11/30/16Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and ConversionPepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA
11/16/16Scholarly Communications & Publishing Librarian and Head, Scholarly Communications and PublishingUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana-Champaign, IL
10/20/16​Digital Publishing SpecialistVirginia TechBlacksburg, VA
10/03/16Senior Associate Director for PublishingEmory UniversityAtlanta, GA
09/23/16Executive Director for Open Educational ResourcesState University of New York (SUNY) College at GeneseoGeneseo, NY
09/12/16Digital Publishing LeadGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA
08/12/16Digital Developmental EditorUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, BC
08/09/16Digital Publishing Services LibrarianNorthwestern UniversityEvanston, IL
07/29/16Scholarly Communications and Research LibrarianPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic MedicinePhiladelphia, PA
07/29/16Digital Repository CoordinatorUniversity of the PacificStockton, CA
07/14/16Assistant/Associate Librarian and Coordinator of Scholarly CommunicationMiami University (Ohio)Oxford, OH
07/08/16Research Outreach and Instruction LibrarianSUNY Polytechnic InstituteUtica, NY
07/08/16Assistant Professor – Digital Engagement LibrarianUniversity of Nebraska OmahaOmaha, NE
07/01/16Scholarly Communications AssistantGettysburg CollegeGettysburg, PA
06/16/16Publishing Outreach & Engagement CoordinatorCalifornia Digital LibraryOakland, CA
06/15/16Research Data Management Librarian and Head, Scholarly Communications DepartmentIndiana University BloomingtonBloomington, IN
06/15/16LibrarianUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX
06/15/16Scholarly Communications and Licensing LibrarianMITCambridge, MA
06/10/16Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship LibrarianCalifornia State UniversityFullerton, CA
06/10/16Hillman University Librarian and DirectorUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA
06/03/16Research Data Management Librarian and Head, Scholarly Communication DepartmentIndiana University BloomingtonBloomington, IN
06/03/16Associate College Librarian for Collections and Scholarly CommunicationsBates CollegeLewiston, ME
06/01/16Digital Initiatives LibrarianUniversity of San DiegoSan Diego, CA
05/03/16Digital Scholarly Publishing LibrarianUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
04/04/16Coordinator of Scholarly PublishingBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
04/04/16Head Librarian, Digital ScholarshipBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MA
04/01/16Designer for Online PublicationsBrown UniversityProvidence, RI
04/01/16Scholarly Communications LibrarianThe University of ManchesterManchester (United Kingdom)
03/31/16Copyright and Licensing LibrarianUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, NC
03/29/16Humanities and Digital Scholarship LibrarianMITCambridge, MA
03/29/16Scholarly Communications & Data Curation LibrarianUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
03/22/16Director of Publishing ServicesProject EuclidDurham, NC
03/01/16Visiting Digital Publishing SpecialistUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana-Champaign, IL
02/29/16Coordinator of Scholarly PublishingBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OH
02/12/16Digital Services LibrarianThe College of William & MaryGloucester, Virginia
02/12/16Digital Services CoordinatorDePaul UniversityChicago, Illinois
02/12/16Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly CommunicationOregon State UniversityCorvallis, Oregon
02/04/16Scholarly Communication LibrarianUniversity of North TexasDenton, Texas
02/03/16Assistant Librarian (Digital Scholarship Librarian)Utah State UniversityLogan, Utah
01/25/16Head of the Office of Digital Innovation and StewardshipUniversity of Arizona LibrariesTucson, Arizona
01/08/16Publishing Services LibrarianUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis–Saint Paul, MN
01/07/16Digital Scholarship LibrarianGeorgia State University LibraryAtlanta, GA
01/06/16LibrarianThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, Texas
01/05/16Librarian for Digital Publishing, Curation, and ConversionPepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA
12/18/15Digital Products AssistantMIT PressCambridge, MA
12/10/15Scholarly Communications LibrarianWeill Cornell Medical College of Cornell UniversityNew York, NY
12/09/15Scholarly Communications LibrarianUniversity of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA
12/04/15Data Management SpecialistOregon State University LibrariesCorvalis, OR
11/17/15Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and PublishingVirginia Commonwealth University LibrariesRichmond, VA
11/13/15Digital Scholarship LibrarianDePaul University LibrariesChicago, IL
11/10/15Open Educational Resources CoordinatorUniversity of Oklahoma LibrariesNorman, OK
11/04/15Director, Center for Digital Research and ScholarshipColumbia UniversityNew York, NY
10/29/15Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and PublishingVirginia Commonwealth University LibrariesRichmond, VA
10/20/15Scholarly Publishing SpecialistPurdue University LibrariesWest Lafayette, IN
09/24/15Humanities and Digital Scholarship LibrarianGrinnell CollegeGrinnell, IA
09/22/15Digital Content ServicesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, Ohio
09/15/15Scholarly Communications Design Studio CoordinatorUniversity of Connecticut Storrs, CT
09/04/15Assistant Librarian (Digital Scholarship Librarian)Utah State UniversityLogan, UT
09/03/15Digital Scholarship LibrarianUtah State UniversityLogan, Utah
09/02/15Scholarly Communications & Digital Publishing StrategistUniversity of Cincinatti Cincinatti, OH
08/29/15Repository Outreach SpecialistPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, IN
08/10/15Data Repository DeveloperScience and Technology Facilities CouncilDidcot, Oxfordshire, UK
07/14/15DCS Projects CoordinatorThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OH
07/14/15Open Content and Digital Publishing LibrarianCal Poly: San Luis ObispoSan Luis Obispo, CA
06/05/15Digital Scholarship LibrarianCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburg, VA
05/13/15Scholarly Communications LibrarianMemorial UniversitySt. John's, Newfoundland, CAN
05/13/15Digital Scholarship LibrarianKansas State UniversityManhattan, KS
04/27/15Repository LibrarianUNC Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC
04/27/15Digital Publishing Services ManagerSUNY GeneseoGeneseo, NY
04/06/15Team Leader for Digital Learning and ScholarshipCase Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OH
04/06/15Digital Production CoordinatorNortheastern UniversityBoston, MA
04/06/15Librarian: Digital Scholarship & PublishingUniversity of South FloridaTampa, FL
04/06/15Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications SpecialistTemple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
04/06/15Deputy Director of Scholarly CommunicationsUniversity of North TexasDenton, TX
03/24/15Digital Scholarship LibrarianDartmouth CollegeHanover, NH
03/24/15Data and Visualization LibrarianDartmouth CollegeHanover, NH
02/01/15Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation and StewardshipUniversity of ArizonaTucson, AZ
01/28/15Digital Repository Analyst, Library & Information TechnologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC
01/26/15Program CoordinatorOhio State UniversityColumbus, OH
01/14/15Scholarly Communications Outreach LibrarianVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, VA
12/21/14Scholarly Communications LibrarianFlorida State UniversityTallahassee, FL
12/03/14Digital Collections CoordinatorKing Abdullah University of Science and TechnologyThuwal, Saudi Arabia
12/03/14Director, Purdue University Press and Head, Scholarly Publishing ServicesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, Indiana
12/02/14Digital Library Applications DeveloperTemple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
12/01/14Institutional Repository CoordinatorSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings, South Dakota
11/25/14Contractor- Digital Repository AssistantFramingham State UniversityFramingham, MA
11/21/14Office for Scholarly Communication Staff AssistantHarvard UniversityCambridge, MA
11/20/14Data and eScience LibrarianUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX
11/18/14Research Data Curation LibrarianUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan
11/18/14Discovery Services and Data Curation LibrarianGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, GA
11/12/14Digital Publishing Production LeadGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA
11/06/14Emory Center for Digital Scholarship Post-doctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities PublishingEmory UniversityAtlanta, GA
09/19/14Digital Projects LibrarianWesleyan UniversityMiddletown, CT
09/18/14Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication LibrarianSmith CollegeNorthampton, MA
09/15/14Director, Research and InformaticsVirginia TechBlacksburg, VA
09/09/14Repository Collections SpecialistVirginia TechBlacksburg, VA
09/09/14Scholarly Communications Outreach CoordinatorHofstra UniversityHempstead, NY
09/03/14Associate University Librarian for Scholarly ResourcesGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DC
08/21/14Digital Scholarship LibrarianClaremont Colleges LibraryClaremont, CA
08/13/14Supervising Programmer/AnalystStony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NY
08/11/14Digital Initiatives LibrarianRochester Institute of TechnologyRochester, NY
08/06/14Science Collections LibrarianTufts UniversityMedford, MA
08/04/14Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and PublishingKansas State UniversityManhattan, KS
08/01/14Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and PublishingKansas State UniversityManhattan, KS
07/30/14Scholarly Communications Outreach CoordinatorGrand Valley State UniversityAllendale, MI
07/25/14Director of Collections, Copyright and Scholarly CommunicationPrinceton Theological Seminary Princeton, New Jersey
07/25/14Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly CommunicationsPennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania
07/23/14Editor, Princeton University Library ChroniclePrinceton UniversityPrinceton, New Jersey
07/17/14Digital Resources and Initiatives ManagerPittsburg State UniversityPittsburg, Kansas
07/15/14Digital Initiatives LibrarianKansas State UniversityManhattan, Kansas
07/14/14Academic Librarian-Reference Services and Institutional RepositoryLincoln UniversityJefferson City, MO
07/10/14Executive Director, ALCTSAssociation for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of ALA,Chicago, IL
07/10/14Data Services LibrarianThe George Washington UniversityWashington, District of Columbia
06/27/14Library Faculty FellowWestern Illinois UniversityMacomb, IL
06/25/14Metadata and Cataloging LibrarianGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, Virginia
06/21/14Digital Publishing SpecialistVirginia TechBlacksburg, Virginia
06/18/14Librarian: Copyright Officer – University LibraryTexas State UniversitySan Marcos, TX
06/11/14Manager, Researcher Information SystemsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, Illinois
06/05/14Head, Digital Research and PublishingUniversity of Iowa LibrariesIowa City, IA
05/30/14Director, Purdue University Press and Head, Scholarly Publishing ServicesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette, Indiana
05/20/14Digital Scholarship LibrarianUniversity of Northern IowaCedar Falls, IA
05/20/14Supervising Programmer/AnalystStony Brook UniversityStony Brook, New York
05/13/14Digital Scholarship LibrarianUniversity of Northern IowaCedar Falls, Iowa
05/05/14Librarian/Assistant ProfessorBoise State University LibrariesBoise, Idaho
05/02/14Digital Scholarship LibrarianBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, Massachusetts
04/01/14Library Faculty, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Tenure-TrackMiddle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboro, TN
02/20/14Director of Library PublishingUniversity of North Texas LibrariesDenton, TX
11/13/13Head of Digital Scholarship StrategyUniversity of Nevada Las VegasLas Vegas, Nevada

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Shared Documentation

The LPC supports the development of common practices by assembling model documents such as MOUs, author agreements, and position descriptions from participating institutions. Member institutions are encouraged to contribute documentation. Please see the policies and procedures for the shared documentation.

MEMBER-ONLY CONTENT: While the contributing institution name and document title are displayed publicly in the list below, the documents themselves are only visible to LPC members. If you work at a member institution and would like to access the documentation portal, email us to request a website account.

DateTitleContributorContent Type
08/15/19Memorandum of Understanding: Open Access Journal Hosting through the LibraryPress@UF with the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of FloridaUniversity of FloridaMOUs & Contracts
07/09/19Design BriefUniversity of FloridaOther
01/24/19New Publication Goal Development WorksheetUniversity of Minnesota LibrariesProcedures & Checklists
01/24/19Memorandum of AgreementUniversity of Minnesota LibrariesMOUs & Contracts
01/24/19Philosophy of Service and Business PlanUniversity of Minnesota LibrariesOther
01/17/19Terms of Service for journals and departmentsCalifornia Digital LibraryMOUs & Contracts
12/20/18Michigan Publishing Services Project ProposalUniversity of MichiganOther
12/20/18Memorandum of Understanding TemplateWayne State University LibrariesMOUs & Contracts
11/13/18Distribution Contract for Third Party Print RunUNC CharlotteMOUs & Contracts
11/08/18New Journal ToolkitIndiana UniversityOther
07/27/18Decision tree for Aquiline BooksUniversity of North TexasProcedures & Checklists
07/27/18Sample Author Agreement, eScholarship PublishingCalifornia Digital LibraryMOUs & Contracts
07/27/18Independent Contractor Copyright AgreementUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
12/22/17Contribution Publication AgreementUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
11/09/17Libraries Journal Hosting AgreementUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
07/30/17Publishing AgreementUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
07/30/17Publishing Agreement for ReprintsUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
05/31/17Print Run AgreementUniversity of North TexasMOUs & Contracts
12/09/16Procedure: Assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)Ohio State UniversityProcedures & Checklists
08/07/13Open Journal Systems (OJS) Quick Reference GuideUniversity of North TexasProcedures & Checklists
08/07/13E-Journal Project Starter ToolkitUniversity of North TexasProcedures & Checklists
08/07/13A Guide for Starting a Scholarly Open Access E-JournalUniversity of North TexasProcedures & Checklists
07/18/13ValpoScholar (IR) Faculty and Staff ChecklistValparaiso UniversityProcedures & Checklists
07/09/13E-Journal Hosting AgreementVirginia TechMOUs & Contracts
07/09/13E-Journal Hosting AgreementUniversity of North Carolina, GreensboroMOUs & Contracts
07/09/13E-Journal Hosting AgreementOhio State UniversityMOUs & Contracts
07/09/13E-Journal Hosting AgreementUniversity of ArizonaMOUs & Contracts
07/09/13E-Journal Hosting AgreementTulane UniversityMOUs & Contracts
07/09/13Library Services for Creating and Publishing Student Research Journals Appendix 2: Issues to ConsiderUniversity of KentuckyProcedures & Checklists
07/09/13Application Form for New JournalsCalifornia Digital LibraryProcedures & Checklists

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The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) partners with its host organization, the Educopia Institute, to conduct targeted research to document the current range of library publishing activities (including costs, staffing, and how libraries are financing these ventures); refine justification and positioning for library-based publishing activities; align library activities in this area with university needs and goals; and help additional libraries to envision and develop publishing services programs.

Current Projects

Library Publishing Workflows (IMLS 2019-2021)
This project seeks to investigate, synchronize, and model a range of workflows to increase the capacity of libraries to publish open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing (IMLS, 2016-2019).
This project seeks to design and implement a competency-based, synchronous and asynchronous curriculum for library publishing.

Research Committee

LPC’s Research Committee coordinates research priorities, facilitates inter-institutional collaboration on projects, and provides guidance for researchers affiliated with the LPC.

The committee also administers the annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing.


An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing

Library publishing is distinguished in part from other types of scholarly publishing by a focus on adherence to the values and ethics of librarianship. An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing supports good practice in this area by providing resources and guidance in a number of ethical areas of importance to library publishers. Version 1.0 (published July 2018) covers publishing practice; accessibility; diversity, equity, and inclusion; privacy and analytics; and academic and intellectual freedom.


Citation: Library Publishing Coalition Ethical Framework Task Force. (2018) An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing, Version 1.0. Atlanta, GA: Educopia.


How-To Guide for Library Publishers: Directory of Open Access Journals Application

This guide walks library publishers through the DOAJ application process step-by-step, and includes explanations of commonly misunderstood questions, information specific to library publishing. (Published August 2018.)

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See below for more resources related to DOAJ.

Publishers and Service Providers

LPC’s Publishers and Service Providers List includes vendors, hosting platforms, and other types of service providers who are interested in working with the community of library publishers. While some of the organizations listed are also sponsors of the Library Publishing Forum or the LPC, sponsorship is not necessary for inclusion on the list.

Any organization that meets the criteria for the Publishers and Service Providers Program can ask to be included on the list. List information is provided by the participants and is not verified by the LPC. List information is updated annually, or throughout the year on request. Inclusion on the list does not constitute an endorsement by the LPC or any of its members.

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Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a nonprofit online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals (and is a strategic affiliate of the LPC). To be indexed in the DOAJ directory, journals need to meet the rigorous DOAJ selection criteria. Securing inclusion for a journal in the DOAJ is evidence of a commitment to quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly publishing practices. However, the process for application and inclusion in the DOAJ is complex and sometimes lengthy. LPC works closely with DOAJ to help library publishers follow best practices in open access publishing and successfully index their OA journals in the directory.

How-To Guide for Library Publishers: Directory of Open Access Journals Application

This guide walks library publishers through the DOAJ application process step-by-step, and includes explanations of commonly misunderstood questions, information specific to library publishing. (Published August 2018.)

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LPC’s DOAJ Liaison

To provide additional support for LPC members navigating the DOAJ application process, LPC has an official DOAJ liaison position. The liaison is an LPC community member who is familiar with DOAJ’s requirements and processes and is able to communicate with DOAJ staff and editors if necessary.

The current DOAJ Liaison is David Scherer (daschere at David is the Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant at LPC member institution Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. He has been a DOAJ volunteer editor since 2015, and currently serves as managing editor for a group of volunteers working with English-language journals. LPC members are encouraged to reach out to David with questions or for assistance navigating the DOAJ application process.

Library Publishing Bibliography

The Library Publishing Bibliography provides an evidence base to inform best practices in and demonstrate the impact of library publishing. It is updated annually in the summer. Recent citations are displayed below, and the full bibliography is maintained in Zotero.

Ayre, L. B., & Craner, J. (2017). Open Data: What It Is and Why You Should Care. Public Library Quarterly, 36(2), 173–184.

Bailey, D. R. (2017). Creating digital knowledge: Library as open access digital publisher. College & Undergraduate Libraries, 24(2–4), 216–225.

Bargheer, M., & Walker, K. (2017). Library Publishing and the University Press in the United States and Germany: Lessons from Two Academic Contexts for Sustaining the Scholarly Book. Verlegerische Dienste an Bibliotheken Und Universitätsverlage in Den U. S. A. Und Deutschland: Unterschiede Und Gemeinsamkeiten Beim Publizieren Wissenschaftlicher Bücher., 41(3), 291–307.

Colman, J. (2017). Sustainable Book Publishing as a Service at the University of Michigan. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–4.

Conrad, K. M. (2017). Public Libraries as Publishers: Critical Opportunity. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(1), 1–1.

Coughlan, R., Brown, G., Glushko, R., & Kehoe, I. (2017). A Quest to Survey Library and University Press Collaborations in Canada: A Case Study in Research Approach and Design. Research Library Issues, (292), 16–26.

Hawkins, K. S. (2017). Achieving Financial Sustainability: Are We Asking the Wrong Questions? Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–3.

Jhamb, G., & Samim, A. (2017). Contribution to Open Access Repository by the Central Universities of India: A Case Study of Shodhganga. Library Philosophy & Practice, 1–19.

Katz, S. (2017). Publishing a Literary Magazine in the Library. Journal of Library Administration, 57(8), 901–910.

Lippincott, S. K. (2017). Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era. United States of America: ATG LLC (Media).

Murphy, A. (2017). Functioning in the Grey: Kennesaw State University’s Library Journal Publishing Projects. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–1.

Reed, M., & Rosenblum, B. (2017). Sowing the Seeds of Journal Success: Cultivating Relationships with Journal Editors and Staff. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–1.

Rowley, J., Johnson, F., Sbaffi, L., Frass, W., & Devine, E. (2017). Academics’ behaviors and attitudes towards open access publishing in scholarly journals. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(5), 1201–1211.

Sabharwal, A., & Natal, G. R. (2017). Integrating the IR into strategic goals at the University of Toledo: case study. Digital Library Perspectives, 33(4), 339–360.

Sabolović-Krajina, D.(2017). Small Public Libraries as Publishers. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–12.

Santillán-Aldana, J. (2017). Approaches to Library Publishing Services in Latin America. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2).

Stranack, K. (2017). Sustaining Library Publishing through Multi-stakeholder Cooperatives. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–1.

Tracy, D. G. (2017). Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience. College & Research Libraries, 78(2), 219–240.

Wirth, A. A. (2017). Distributed publishers: Collaborating & Facilitating Publishing Across Campus. Journal of Electronic Publishing, 20(2), 1–4.

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