LPC Project Background

 

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Background

Over 50 academic libraries, in collaboration with the Educopia Institute, are founding 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 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 between three library Deans who shared an interest in advancing the emerging field of library publishing: James Mullins (Purdue), Martin Halbert (University of North Texas), and Tyler Walters (Virginia Tech). As an outcome of that conversation, in June 2012, Charles Watkinson (Purdue), Katherine Skinner (Educopia), 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.

Goals

Through seed support from Educopia and participating institutions, the LPC project engages practitioners to design a collaborative network that intentionally addresses and supports an evolving, distributed, and diverse range of library production and publishing practices.

During the first stage of the project, the LPC’s project team is documenting and evaluating how best to structure this initiative in order to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing for this field.

How to Participate

Academic libraries with an interest in joining the project team may do so at any point during the two-year project period (Jan 2013-Dec 2014) as a Contributing Institution. For more information, please contact Sarah Lippincott, Library Publishing Coalition Program Manager (sarah@educopia.org).