2021 Library Publishing 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 2021 Library Publishing Forum will be a virtual conference. We are excited to be able to share Forum programming with the library publishing community as travel and large gatherings are impossible.
May 1014 | 12:00 PM to 5 PM Eastern Time
Registration rate
To cover the cost of hosting a virtual event, we are charging a US$25 registration fee. However, we do not want cost to be a barrier to participation, so hardship waivers are available on request – just email to ask for one.
All sessions will be held via Zoom and hosted by the Library Publishing Coalition.
Register for the 2021 Forum

The preliminary program schedule is now available on the Program page!
Keynote Speakers
Kaitlin Thaney
Kaitlin Thaney is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a non-profit initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for the open technologies and systems that research relies on.
She previously served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.
Elaine Westbrooks
Since August 2017, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University Libraries which includes 9 libraries with approximately 300 librarians, archivists, and staff.
Westbrooks is a member of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee, the Executive Committee of Triangle Research Libraries Network, the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors.  She co-edited Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. Because of Westbrooks expertise and leadership in scholarly communications and the crisis of academic publishing, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Vox, Inside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Westbrooks has also emerged as a leading thinker on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries.  She has presented her research at the Digital Library Federation, Coalition for Networked Information, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
July 21, 2021:
Finding Connectedness, Inspiration, and Comfort at the 2021 Library Publishing Forum
Last year’s Program Committee was tasked with planning the first born-virtual Library Publishing Forum. Recognizing that a week-long online event would just add to a year’s worth of Zoom fatigue and isolation, they made a concerted effort to add as much compassion and humanity to the experience as they possibly could. (And they managed to … Continue reading
June 21, 2021:
2021 Library Publishing Forum videos and slides
Did you miss a session at the virtual 2021 Library Publishing Forum? Maybe want to see one again? Here’s your chance! We’ve been busy in the past few weeks gathering videos, slides, etc., from our second virtual Forum and linking to them from the Forum page on our website.  Though not all sessions are available, … Continue reading
April 8, 2021:
2021 Virtual Library Publishing Forum: Registration, Program, Keynotes, and Plenaries
The Library Publishing Forum (May 10-14, 12pm to 5pm Eastern) is virtual this year! See below for information about registration, program, keynotes, and invited plenaries. Registration Register now! The registration fee is a super affordable US$25 for the whole week. However, we do not want cost to be a barrier to participation for anyone, so waivers will be … Continue reading
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Code of Conduct
All participation in the Virtual Library Publishing Forum is subject to the Library Publishing Coalition’s Code of Conduct.
Sponsors of the Library Publishing Forum demonstrate their commitment to the emerging community of library publishers, including their many affiliates and partners. Sponsorship dollars fund the costs associated with hosting this conference. A thank you to our 2021 sponsors!
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