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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
Library Publishing Curriculum
LPC is the steward of the Library Publishing Curriculum, a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians that are open and free under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license for anyone to offer or adapt. This dynamic, extensible curriculum is intended to empower librarians to meet local demands to launch and/or enhance scholarly publishing activities.
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Community Calls
The LPC’s Professional Development Committee coordinates semi-regular Community Calls on various topics, providing a chance for LPC participants to informally discuss publishing platforms, topics related to library publishing, and special LPC programming. Community Calls are not recorded, but notes documents are usually made according to Chatham House Rule and shared here.
MEMBER-ONLY CONTENT: While the list of Community Calls is displayed publicly below, notes documents are only visible to LPC members. If you work at a member institution and would like to access the notes, you can email us to request a website account.
Date Of CallTitle
02/25/21Community Call – Documentation Month Closing Call
02/01/21Community Call – Documentation Month Kickoff Call
02/10/21Community Call – Documentation Month, LPW Slides
01/15/21Community Call – 2021 Peer Mentorship Program
10/19/20Community Call – Janeway
07/30/20Community Call – Creative Staffing Solutions
01/12/20Community Call – DOI Registration Services
02/08/20Community Call – Pressbooks
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Webinars
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.
DateTitle
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
09/07/17Hypothes.is 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​
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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.
DateTitleOrganization
10/05/21Associate Dean for Collections & DiscoveryClemson University
09/30/21Open Scholarship LibrarianSyracuse University
09/14/21Digital Publishing SpecialistAtla
07/06/21Institutional Repository LibrarianSan Francisco State University
06/09/21Senior Software Developer: Publishing, Archives, and DigitizationCalifornia Digital Library (CDL)
05/05/21Publishing Services SpecialistVirginia Tech
04/14/21Publishing & Open Access LibrarianWilliam & Mary Libraries
03/17/21Scholarly Communication LibrarianBoston College
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Documentation
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.
DateTitleContributor
06/14/21Program Description and PoliciesCornell University Library
06/14/21Journal Hosting AgreementCornell University Library
05/11/21Publishing AgreementWayne State University Library System
02/03/20Journal Publishing Proposal (Meat and Muscle Biology)Iowa State University
11/19/19Publishing AgreementUniversity of North Texas
11/19/19Publishing Agreement for ReprintsUniversity of North Texas
11/19/19Contribution Publication AgreementUniversity of North Texas
10/11/19UNT Libraries Journal Hosting AgreementUniversity of North Texas
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Library Publishing Documentation Toolkit
To support the community in creating documentation, members of LPC’s Professional Development Committee have created a Library Publishing Documentation Toolkit. It consists of four sections: Getting started with documentation, Planning a documentation day, Suggested documentation projects to tackle, and Sharing documentation beyond your institution. The toolkit is available in two format: PDF and Google Doc. 
Citation: Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Committee. (2021). Library Publishing Documentation Toolkit . Atlanta, GA: Educopia Institute.
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Research
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 administers the annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing.
Research Interests Match Program
Building on the publication of the Library Publishing Research Agenda, the LPC Research Committee  established the Research Interests Match Program, a resource available to individuals interested in finding collaborators for research projects, conference proposals, and other scholarly endeavors. Participation is open to all, including those at non-LPC member institutions.
Read the blog post for more information
Identify yourself as a potential collaborator by filling out the Research Interests Match form
Look for potential collaborators on the response sheet
 
Publications
Library Publishing Documentation Toolkit
To support the community in creating documentation, members of LPC’s Professional Development Committee have created a Library Publishing Documentation Toolkit. It consists of four sections: Getting started with documentation, Planning a documentation day, Suggested documentation projects to tackle, and Sharing documentation beyond your institution. The toolkit is available in two format: PDF and Google Doc. 
Citation: Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Committee. (2021). Library Publishing
Documentation Toolkit . Atlanta, GA: Educopia Institute.
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Library Publishing Competencies
This publication provides a list of skills and knowledge useful in the development and provision of publishing services in libraries, organized into three categories: publishing, program development and management, and teaching and consulting. It will support publishing programs in identifying essential skills and will help individuals in the field to identify their strengths and the areas in which they are interested in growing. Published April 2020.
Citation: Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Committee. (2020) Library Publishing Competencies. Atlanta, GA: Educopia Institute. http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284317123
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Library Publishing Research Agenda

This publication is an exploration of areas in which research is needed to support practice in the field of library publishing. The Research Agenda offers exploratory overviews of six topics (assessmentlaboraccessibilitynon-traditional research outputspeer review, and partnerships), each of which includes a summary, potential research questions, and a list of relevant resources. This publication will be of interest to anyone conducting or interested in conducting research in the field. Published April 2020.
Citation: Library Publishing Coalition Research Committee. (2020) Library Publishing Research Agenda. Atlanta, GA: Educopia Institute. http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284317124
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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. http://dx.doi.org/10.5703/1288284316777​.
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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. (First published in August 2018; last update May 2021.)
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See below for more resources related to DOAJ.
Service Providers
The Library Publishing Coalition has sunsetted the Service Providers List. Please see our blog post for more information, including links to similar replacement resources.
We also invite service providers to participate in the Library Publishing Forum Sponsorship Program.
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. (First published in August 2018; last update May 2021.)
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Webinar
In 2016, Dom Mitchell and Judith Barnsby of DOAJ gave a webinar for the LPC community on DOAJ indexing:
Recorded webinar: OA Journal Publishing: DOAJ Indexing and Best Practice
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 andrew.cmu.edu). 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.
Adema, J., & Stone, G. (2017). Changing publishing ecologies: A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing. http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/6666/
Buchanan, S., & Yeigh, M. (2020). Publishing During the Pandemic: Strengthening Relationships, Removing Barriers, Reaching New Heights. Pacific Northwest Library Association Virtual Poster Session. https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/ulib_fac/314
Deville, J., Sondervan, J., Stone, G., & Wennström, S. (2019). Rebels with a Cause? Supporting Library and Academic-led Open Access Publishing. LIBER Quarterly, 29(1), 1–28. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.10277
Eikebrokk, T. (2019). Publishing open digital journals: The use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) at OsloMet University Library. https://esource.dbs.ie/handle/10788/3625
Ekanger, A., & Enoksen, S. (2020). Support for Good Peer Review in OJS-based Journals: Ravnetrykk, 39, 53–59. https://doi.org/10.7557/15.5499
Fenlon, K., Senseney, M., Bonn, M., & Swatscheno, J. (2019). Humanities Scholars and Library-Based Digital Publishing: New Forms of Publication, New Audiences, New Publishing Roles. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 50(3), 159–182. https://doi.org/10.3138/jsp.50.3.01
Gunderman, H., Lincoln, M., Mulligan, R., Scherer, D., Slayton, E., & Weingart, S. (2020, July 22). Publishing Reality: Developing a Publishing Model For Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Their Related Pedagogical Materials [Presentation]. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/12668783.v1
Hamilton, D. G., Fraser, H., Hoekstra, R., & Fidler, F. (2020). Journal policies and editors’ opinions on peer review [Preprint]. MetaArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31222/osf.io/qkjy4
Hoffman, K., & Clifton, A. (2020). Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations. Milne Library Publishing. https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/geneseo-authors/11
Hole, B. (2020, May 11). Driving More Green Open Access: Advancing Hyku Project [Poster]. https://doi.org/10.18130/v3-d6jx-9z41
Hollister, C., Bjork, K., & Brower, S. (2020, June 11). A Multi-Institutional Model for Advancing Open Access Journals and Reclaiming the Scholarly Record. 35th Annual NASIG Conference Online. https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/ulib_fac/311
Hoops, J., & Tavernier, W. (2020). Building a Foundation for Sustainable Library Publishing: Quantitative Tools & Practical Methods. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/25502
Hurford, A., Wiegand, S., & MacIsaac, O. (2020, February 1). What’s the Buzz on Library Publishing? Developing a Consortial Support Model for Open Access Publishing. https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/librarian_papers/80
Johnston, C., & Boczar, J. (2019). Scholarly Publishing Literacy at the University of South Florida Libraries: From Advising to Active Involvement. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2310
Kolesnykova, T. O. (2019). The Role of Libraries as Publishers in the Open Education Landscape: Reflecting Modern World Practice of Open Textbooks. University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development. Conference Proceedings. University Library at a New Stage of Social Communications Development. https://doi.org/10.15802/unilib/2019_187423
Kolesnykova, T. O., & Matveyeva, O. V. (2019). An Analysis of Digital Library Publishing Services in Ukrainian Universities. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 14(4), 52–71. https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29510
Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Committee. (2020). Library Publishing Competencies. Purdue University. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284317123
Library Publishing Coalition Research Committee. (2020). Library Publishing Research Agenda. Purdue University. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284317124
Maron, N., Kennison, R., Bracke, P., Hall, N., Gilman, I., Malenfant, K., Roh, C., & Shorish, Y. (2019). Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future. Association of College and Research Libraries. https://doi.org/10.5860/acrl.1
Meetz, J., Bjork, K., & Johnson, A. (2020, July 23). Building on What We’ve Learned: Approaches to Library Publishing from Three Different Universities [Webinar]. ACRL DSSPDC: Digital Scholarship Practices & Programs: Library Publishing. https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/ulib_fac/313
Molls, E. (2019). Assessing the Success of Library Published Journals. Against the Grain, 31(4), 5. https://against-the-grain.com/2019/10/v314-assessing-the-success-of-library-published-journals/
Ndungu, M. W. (2020). Publishing with Open Journal Systems (OJS): A Librarian’s Perspective. Serials Review, 46(1), 21–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/00987913.2020.1732717
Nelson, R., & Thoms, B. (2020). Make it a Win-Win: Managing Student Employee Experience in Library Publishing Efforts. Library Publishing Forum, 1–16. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/lib_present/177
Newson, K. (2019, September 30). Library Publishing Technology Services at Scale. Access Conference Proceedings. Access 2019, Edmonton, AB, Canada. https://accessproceedings.ca/index.php/access/article/view/74
Odu, O., & Ekanger, A. (2020). How we tried to JATS XML. Ravnetrykk, 39, 156–162–156–162. https://doi.org/10.7557/15.5517
Raju, R., Claassen, J., Pietersen, J., & Abrahamse, D. (2020). An authentic flip subscription model for Africa: library as publisher service. Library Management, 41(6/7), 369–381. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-03-2020-0054
Reed, M. A. (2019). Journal Programs and Cross-Disciplinary Research. Merrill Series on The Research Mission of Public Universities, 2019, 16–22. https://doi.org/10.17161/merrill.2019.13290
Roh, C., & Gabler, V. (2020). Systemic barriers and allyship in library publishing: A case study reminder that no one is safe from racism. College & Research Libraries News, 81(3), 141–144. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.81.3.141
Santiago, A., & Ray, L. (2020). Navigating support models for OER publishing: case studies from the University of Houston and the University of Washington. Reference Services Review, ahead-of-print​(ahead-of-print). https://doi.org/10.1108/RSR-03-2020-0019
Shuttleworth, K., Stranack, K., & Moore, A. (2019). Course Journals: Leveraging Library Publishing to Engage Students at the Intersection of Open Pedagogy, Scholarly Communications, and Information Literacy. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.21083/partnership.v14i2.5339
Stapleton, S. (2019). A Team Approach: Library Publishing Partnerships with Scholarly Societies. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2326
Welzenbach, R. (2019, October 9). Beyond the “Cool” factor: the Challenge of Making Altmetrics Indispensable. Altmetrics Conference, University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland. https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/151786
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