Library Publishing Curriculum

Quick Access Points

Content Module, released February 28, 2018
Impact Module, released February 28, 2018
Sustainability Module, released May 1, 2018
Policy Module, released August 6, 2018

About the Curriculum

We are delighted to offer the "Library Publishing Curriculum," a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians that are open and free under a CC-BY license for anyone to offer or adapt. This dynamic, extensible, multimedia curriculum is intended to empower librarians to meet local demands to launch and/or enhance scholarly publishing activities.

The initial curriculum released in 2018, includes four modules that address major competencies in library publishing: Content, Impact, Policy, and Sustainability. Each module has been authored by field experts, and each is roughly the equivalent of a 12 hour "course."

Each module contains an introduction plus 4-6 "units" that address topics of interest. Within each unit, we have produced and offer freely the following components: a narrative, a slideshow with talking notes, and activities for use in a physical or virtual classroom for workshops and courses.

The Library Publishing Curriculum was created as part of the "Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing" project, generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Content Module:

The Content Module covers how library publishers attract, select, edit, manage, and disseminate content. It includes information about how to recruit partners and select content for a program, and how to incorporate diverse voices into each part of the publication process. It also shares information about common production workflows, identifying the resources and staff skills needed to support various editorial strategies and content types.

Authors: Peter Berkery, Executive Director, AAUP; Meredith Babb, Director, University Press of Florida; Jasmine Mulliken, Stanford University Press; Friederike Sundaram, Stanford University Press; Dennis Lloyd, University of Wisconsin Press; Mary Rose Muccie, Director, Temple University Press; Brenna McLaughlin, Director of Marketing & Communications, AAUP

Editor: Sarah Lippincott, Independent Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant

Impact Module:

The Impact Module focuses on how library publishers measure and extend the impact of their work. It covers how to identify and apply specific impact measures for publications, how to assess the performance of a publishing program and publication portfolio, and how to build an engagement strategy and evaluate its effects.

Author: John W. Warren, Director, Mason Publishing/George Mason University Press

Editor: Sarah Lippincott, Independent Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant

Sustainability Module:

The Sustainability Module addresses core concerns related to library publishing as a socio-technical system. In order for library publishing endeavors to establish longevity and long-term success, professionals need to address a range of concerns related to people, policies, communities, technologies, and financials.

Authors: Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Florida; Brian W. Keith, Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida

Editor: Sarah Lippincott, Independent Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant

Policy Module:

Authors: Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor, University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Harriet Green, Interim Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, English and Digital Humanities Librarian and associate professor, University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Merinda Hensley, Associate Professor and the Digital Scholarship Liaison and Instruction Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Janet Swatscheno, Visiting Digital Publishing Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library; Melanie Schlosser, Scholarly Communications Program Leader, Educopia Institute; Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia Institute

Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint, served as a curriculum consultant on all modules, and helped to cultivate and guide the author teams in terms of scope and layout. Sarah Lippincott, Independent Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant, served as an editorial consultant to integrate reviewer feedback, ensure a common rhythm between all materials, improve cross-referencing between modules, and to copyedit the set of modules as a whole.

Diversity in the Curriculum

Scholarly publishing has a well-documented diversity problem, which this curriculum addresses via an explicit focus on diversity issues and how they play out in library publishing. For each module, the authors were asked to consider the skills, workflows, and strategies they covered through a diversity and inclusion lens, and to explore the places where learners could be prompted to think critically about the impact of their work in either maintaining the status quo or in helping to create a more inclusive scholarly publishing landscape. As a result, the curriculum includes guidance on recruiting a diverse staff for publishing, creating a portfolio of publications that includes underrepresented perspectives, and writing a diversity policy for the publishing program, among other topics.


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.