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Our Memberships
Vision, Mission, and Values
A scholarly publishing landscape that is open, inclusive, and sustainable.
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) extends the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise.
Our Members
Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) members comprise a robust network of libraries committed to enhancing, promoting, and exploring this growing field. Membership is open to academic and research libraries and library consortia that have or are considering library publishing programs. See the history section below for the list of initial founding and contributing institutions.
Binghamton University
Boston College
California Digital Library
California Polytechnic State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont Colleges Library
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Dublin Business School
Emory University
Florida State University
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Kansas State University
Library of Congress
McGill University
Middle Tennessee State University
Missouri State University
Murray State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Pacific University
Penn State University
Pepperdine University
Portland State University
Private Academic Library Network of Indiana
Purdue University
Rutgers University
San Francisco State University
Simon Fraser University
SUNY Geneseo
Syracuse University
Temple University
Tulane University
University College London (UCL) Libraries & UCL Press
University of Alberta
University of Arizona
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Guelph
University of Houston
University of Illinois
at Chicago
University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of New Brunswick
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of Ottawa
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Western Ontario
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington State University
Washington University
in St. Louis
Wayne State University
Weill Cornell Medicine—Qatar
West Virginia University
Learn more about membership in the LPC
The LPC’s Bylaws [PDF] were ratified in July 2014 and last updated in May 2017.
The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) Board oversees the governance, organizational structure, by-laws, and the review and direction of the membership of the LPC. This group provides guidance on critical decisions, formalizes documentation, and ensures that projects make progress towards their goals. The Board is elected by LPC’s membership, and officers are elected by the Board.
Questions or feedback for the Board?
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2021 – 2022 Board Members

Christine Fruin
July 2019 – June 2022

Emma Molls
University of Minnesota
July 2020 – June 2023

Jessica Kirschner
Virginia Commonwealth University
July 2020 – June 2023

Ally Laird
Penn State University
July 2020 – June 2023

Karen Bjork
Portland State University
July 2019 – June 2022

Justin Gonder
California Digital Library
July 2021 – June 2024

Willa Tavernier
Indiana University, Bloomington
July 2021 – June 2024

Sarah Wipperman
Villanova University
July 2021 – June 2024

Jody Bailey
Emory University
Past President/Ex officio

Melanie Schlosser
Educopia Institute
Ex officio
Past Board Members
Sarah Beaubien
Grand Valley State University
Marilyn Billings
University of Massachusetts
Jason Colman
University of Michigan
Rebel Cummings-Sauls
Kansas State University
Brad Eden
Valparaiso University
Vanessa Gabler
University of Pittsburgh
Isaac Gilman
Pacific University
Sarah Hare
Indiana University
Kevin Hawkins
University of North Texas
Korey Jackson
Oregon State University
Kate McCready
University of Minnesota
Sarah Melton
Emory University
Catherine Mitchell
California Digital Library
Joshua Neds-Fox
Wayne State University
Ted Polley
Melanie Schlosser
Ohio State University
Julie Speer
Virginia Tech
Marcia Stockham
Kansas State University
Allegra Swift
Claremont Colleges
Laurie Taylor
University of Florida
Scott Walter
DePaul University
John Warren
George Mason University
Scott Warren
Syracuse University
Strategic Affiliates
To facilitate collaboration and open communication, the Library Publishing Coalition welcomes peer organizations as strategic affiliates.

Association of Research Libraries

Association of University Presses


Coalition for Networked Information

Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Creative Commons USA


Digital Library Federation

Directory of Open Access Journals




Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

Open Education Network

Public Knowledge Project

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Society for Scholarly Publishing
Learn more about our Strategic Affiliates Program
Melanie Schlosser, Community Facilitator
Melanie is the Director of Scholarly Communications for the Educopia Institute, and serves as the Community Facilitator for the Library Publishing Coalition. Before coming to Educopia in 2017, Melanie spent almost ten years as a faculty member at the Ohio State University Libraries, working with digital publishing, the institutional repository, and a variety of other scholarly communications-related areas. Her research covers a range of topics – from metadata to copyright to digital humanities – but it all focuses broadly on making scholarship more accessible. From 2015 to 2019, she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, and is currently serving as an Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief. Melanie has an M.L.S. and a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington. Email: melanie@educopia.org.
Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director (Educopia Institute)
As the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, Katherine played a founding role in and provides administrative oversight and support for the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). She is the founding program director for the MetaArchive Cooperative, a community-owned and community-governed digital preservation network founded in 2004 that now has more than 50 member institutions in four countries. She has also played a founding role in the BitCurator Consortium, a community-led membership association that supports digital forensics practices in libraries, archives, and museums, and that provides administrative, user, and community support for the BitCurator environment and open-source tools. Katherine received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has co-edited three books and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and articles. She regularly teaches graduate courses and workshops in digital librarianship and preservation topics, and provides consultation services to groups that are planning or implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation programs.

Caitlin Perry, Communications and Data Coordinator (Educopia Institute)
Caitlin Perry is Educopia’s Communications and Data Coordinator, offering support across all of Educopia’s affiliated communities and the research division. Before coming to Educopia, Caitlin worked as a copywriter, operations manager at a tech start-up, book publicist, and an ice cream maker. She received her B.A. in English from Skidmore College and is currently pursuing an MLIS from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Hannah Ballard, Director of Communications (Educopia Institute)
Hannah Ballard is the Director of Communications, providing outreach strategy and support across all of Educopia’s affiliated communities and several research projects.  From 2017-2018, Hannah also served as Project Manager for the Library Publishing Curriculum initiative. Hannah received her B.A. in History from the University of Kansas, and studied History at the graduate level at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Educopia team, Hannah worked as a Project Manager at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Kansas City Public Library.
Nancy Adams, LPC Program Assistant
As Program Assistant for the Library Publishing Coalition, Nancy provides both program and administrative support to the LPC Community Facilitator and to the LPC board. Previously she worked at Boston College Libraries, most recently as Digital Publishing Specialist, and before that she spent many years writing and editing in the corporate world. Nancy holds an M.S.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Latin from Boston University. Email: nancy@educopia.org
Emma de Francisco, Business Manager (Educopia Institute)
Emma de Francisco is the Business Manager for the Educopia Institute, overseeing budget management, accounting and personnel administration across Educopia’s affiliated communities and research projects. Previously, Emma worked for Curtin University in Perth, Australia as Project Coordinator on the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) project, Project Officer (Learning and Teaching) facilitating the awards and grants program and served as the Chair of the West Australian Network for Dissemintation (WAND) Committee. Prior to this, Emma was based in Bethesda, Maryland working for Tribalco LLC as their Accounting Operations Manager. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia.
Strategic Plan
LPC’s current strategic plan was released in August of 2018 and covers 2018 through 2023. It focuses on three key goals:
Read the Plan (PDF)
Our Memberships
The Library Publishing Coalition is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and is an active participant in its Library Publishing Special Interest Group.
LPC is a founding member of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC).
Between January 2013 and December 2014, 61 academic libraries, in collaboration with the Educopia Institute, founded the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech regarding the need for a community dedicated to advancing the field of library publishing.
Academic libraries and the researchers and organizations they support are facing a new paradigm in scholarly publishing. The web, information and social media technologies, and the open source and open access movements are changing the framework in which scholarship is created, collected, organized, and disseminated. Yet, as shown by the highly regarded Strategies for Success project (funded by IMLS and led by Purdue University, the University of Utah, and Georgia Tech), library-based publishing groups lack a central space where they can meet, work together, share information, and confront common issues.
The Strategies for Success project laid a strong foundation for further action. Prompted by the results of this project, Educopia hosted a conversation in May 2012 among three library deans who shared an interest in advancing the emerging field of library publishing: James Mullins (Purdue University), Martin Halbert (University of North Texas), and Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech). As an outcome of that conversation, in June 2012, Charles Watkinson (Purdue University), Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute), and Julie Speer (Virginia Tech), drafted a proposal for a new, community-driven organization dedicated to library publishing. The vision outlined in that proposal was vetted by representatives from 18 major libraries and consortia in July 2012 before being released to prospective participants in August 2012. More than 50 academic libraries formally joined the project team before the project kicked off in January 2013.
Over the next eighteen months, participants worked to produce the LPC’s first deliverables, including the Library Publishing Directory and the inaugural Library Publishing Forum. At the request of the community, on July 1, 2014 the LPC formally launched as an ongoing membership organization, six months ahead of schedule.
Initial Founding Institutions
Brigham Young University | Colby College | Columbia University | Dartmouth College | Duke University | Grand Valley State University | Kansas State University | Northeastern University | Ohio State University | Oregon State University | Penn State | Purdue University | Syracuse University | University of Arizona | University of Illinois, Chicago | University of Kentucky | University of Massachusetts-Amherst | University of North Carolina, Greensboro | University of North Texas | University of Pittsburgh | University of San Diego | University of Tennessee | University of Utah | Utah State University | Virginia Tech | Washington University, St. Louis | Wayne State University
Initial Contributing Institutions
Boston College | Brandeis University | California Digital Library | California Polytechnic State University | Carnegie Mellon University | Claremont University Consortium | Cornell University | Emory University | Florida State University | Illinois Wesleyan University | Indiana University | McGill University | Northwestern University | Pacific University | Pepperdine University | Rutgers University | Simon Fraser University | Tulane University | University of Central Florida | University of Florida | University of Georgia | University of Hawaii at Manoa | University of Iowa | University of Kansas | University of Maryland | University of Massachusetts-Worcester | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | University of North Carolina, Charlotte | University of Washington | Valparaiso University | Villanova University | Wake Forest University | West Virginia University
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