Category: Library Publishing

An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing | Library Publishing Coalition

Edited by Jason Boczar et al.


Inspired by discussions at the 2017 Library Publishing Forum, the Ethical Framework for Publishing 1.0 was created by the members of the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing Task Force, with the assistance of many community members who served as peer reviewers and workshop participants, as well as the staff of the Educopia Institute. The Framework introduces library publishers to important ethical considerations in a variety of areas and provides concrete recommendations and resources for ethical scholarly publishing. As the version number in the title suggests, the document is meant to evolve – to be updated and expanded over time.

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Source: An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing | Library Publishing Coalition

Cornell University Library Repository Principles and Strategies Handbook

By Erin Faulder et al.:

The handbook provides support for both new and existing repository managers, comprising both recommended practices and specifically identified action steps that will allow them to track their progress and identify gaps. Each section of the handbook covers a different strategic area of repository management, standing largely on its own and linking to other sections when appropriate. Although there is no primary section order, we recommend starting with Defining Repository Scope and Service Planning.

The handbook specifically addresses principles and practices pertaining to digital repositories, where a digital repository can be defined as: a system, the purpose of which is to store, present, and preserve a collection of data for which the library provides services. That is, the term refers specifically to the application as opposed to the content (collections, objects and metadata) within.

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Source: Cornell University Library Repository Principles and Strategies Handbook

DigitalCommons Users Discuss the bepress Acquisition

From a panel discussion at the Library Publishing Forum:

Abstract: Since the acquisition of the Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) by Elsevier last summer, there has been much discussion online, in listserves, and elsewhere about what that development means for the future of open access and scholarly communications. The people most directly affected are the users of the bepress DigitalCommons repository hosting service. Some have recoiled in horror at the new ownership situation, others are waiting to see what happens next. This is a panel discussion by current users concerning what they see in the road ahead, including what they regard as essential services, possible options, functionality requirements, and necessary safeguards.

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Source: “DigitalCommons Users Discuss the bepress Acquisition” by Paul Royster, Roger Weaver et al.

JLSC Board Editorial 2018 | Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

From Clement et al. via the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication:


The current scholarly communication landscape is populated by a variety of actors and powered by an ever-increasing array of complementary and competitive systems for the production, publication, and distribution of scholarship. Recent years have also seen increasing numbers of proposals to recast these systems in ways that better align with the needs and values of the academy and its scholars. In this editorial, members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication consider the present environment and contemplate the future of academy-owned and -supported scholarly communication, as well as the role of libraries in that future.

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Source: JLSC Board Editorial 2018

Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference

From Josh Cromwell at University of Southern Mississippi Libraries:

If you were not able to attend the 2018 Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference this year, the slides and/or posters from the majority of the presentations are now available! In addition, most sessions also include community notes, which were taken by the attendees in each session.

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Source: 2018 | Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference

Watch the livestream of the Library Publishing Forum | Library Publishing Coalition

From the Library Publishing Coalition:

For the second time, we will be livestreaming portions of the Library Publishing Forum (5/22-23)! You can see which sessions will be streamed on the Program Page (look for the little camera icon next to the presentation title). All streaming will be done via LPC’s Twitter account and will be shared via the conference hashtag: #LPForum18. Can’t watch the stream live? Links to the recordings will be added to the program after the conference.

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Source: Watch the livestream of the Library Publishing Forum | Library Publishing Coalition

Digital Publishing: A Home for Faculty in the Library — Exercises in Innovation from Harvard Law School

From Claire DeMarco & Kyle Courtney at Harvard Law School via the Idealis:

This article highlights specific examples of desire by faculty at Harvard Law School to push legal scholarship beyond the constraints of traditional commercial publishing. Harvard Law School Library, like any other academic library, is navigating the expansion of scholarly formats to the digital realm, as well as the demand by faculty to support new, and evolving, approaches to scholarship. Analysis of these examples will focus on the unique role that the library has in stimulating, supporting, and sustaining, faculty publishing efforts, in addition to the challenges presented by the new, and potentially uncomfortable, proposition of library as a digital publisher.

Source: Digital Publishing: A Home for Faculty in the Library — Exercises in Innovation from Harvard Law School

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology

The most recent issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology along with all back issues are now freely available on a new site at

Now in its 19th year, Vision is published twice annually and aims to “encourage theological reflection by church leaders on the identity, mission, and practices of the church from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.” The journal will continue to be offered in print for paid subscribers; we hope that free online access to the journal expands its readership and engagement.

Vision is co-produced by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and the Centre for Faith and Life at Canadian Mennonite University. It is included in the ATLA Religion Database and ATLASerials. The AMBS Library has provided assistance for Vision to move to an open access platform, Open Journal Systems, hosted by Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI).

Source: Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology

PALNI joins the Library Publishing Coalition

Effective April 1, PALNI is a consortial member* of the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC)! This membership will inform and improve efforts to develop PALNI’s open access publishing program, and to create a support model for those institutional initiatives.

The LPC’s mission is to extend the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise. It supports an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and works to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.

Benefits of membership include:
• Engage with an international community of practice
• Jump-start or enhance library publishing initiatives
• Lead change in scholarly communications and publishing

PALNI currently provides its supported institutions with capacity to create and host open access publications via the PALNI Press. We administer and support instances of Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, and Open Conference Systems which are open source platforms developed by the Public Knowledge Project. Omeka is another platform we’ve installed in order to host digital scholarship exhibits. We look forward to leveraging the LPC membership as part of this program!

We expect to create a PALNI task force to focus on this topic in the near future. Please email for more information.

*Note that this membership rests with PALNI, and the PALNI-supported institutions are not automatically members of LPC as a result of this partnership.