CFP: Library Publishing Forum 2017

This is not archives-specific, but has potential to be relevant to or have participants from archives.


Library Publishing Forum 2017
Evolution, intersection, and exploration in library publishing

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is accepting proposals for the 2017 Library Publishing Forum, to be held March 20 – 22, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. An international, community-led organization with over 60 member libraries, the LPC promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support content creators as they generate, advance, and disseminate knowledge.

Library publishing programs often venture into new territory: experimenting with integrating digital media into scholarly works, reaching out to new partners and audiences, turning pilot projects into fully-operational initiatives, encountering unforeseen challenges, and boldly going where few libraries have gone before.  At the 2017 Library Publishing Forum, we invite library publishers and partners to share their experiences and ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration, strengthen a community of practice, and explore strategies for navigating this expanding and evolving subfield of academic publishing.

We welcome proposals from Library Publishing Coalition members and nonmembers, including librarians, university press staff, publishing service providers (vendors), scholars, students, and other scholarly communications and publishing professionals. We especially encourage first-time presenters and representatives of small and emerging publishing programs to submit proposals. We invite proposals for long form (40-60 minutes) and short form (10-15 minutes) sessions, in the following formats. Proposals for long form sessions must involve multiple speakers or actively engage participants in discussion or other activities.

Speakers: individual or panel presentations, debates, panel discussions, lightning talks, case studies, manifestos, critiques. Collaborative Conversations:  birds-of-a-feather, roundtables, unconference-style sessions, sharing ideas and approaches, collaborative problem-solving.  Applied Practice:  workshops, hackathons, remixing, doing, creating, hands-on activities.

Other formats and approaches are very welcome, especially sessions that incorporate interactivity and audience participation.

We invite presentations that address any library publishing topic. Topics that we find interesting and timely include:

* Intersections & Connections – building teams, partnerships, making connections within & beyond institutions
* Merging & “Mainstreaming” – integrating publishing into the core (and expected) services of an academic library, evolving from experimental to established
* Inclusion & Expansion – advancing a plurality of voices and perspectives by design in library publishing
* Flops & Failures – overcoming challenges, moving on from failures, learning quickly from what hasn’t worked in order to establish what does
* Teaching & Reaching – how can library publishing enhance learning for students and professionals both in and beyond librarianship?
* Predicting & Preserving – how are library publishers grappling with usage data/predictive analytics and the preservation of digital scholarship outputs?
* Unconventional & Unexpected – challenging conventional wisdom, exploring off-the-wall approaches, drawing inspiration from unusual sources.

For more details about how to submit a proposal, please see the event

Proposals are due December 13, 2016.

On behalf of the Program Committee,

Rebecca Welzenbach

New Book: Librarians of Color

Thank you to Rebecca Hankins for the following post about the new book, Librarians of Color.

[note: per Rebecca’s request, some content was removed as they work through issues with the publisher]

We mentioned in the introduction the why we wrote the book, but for us, we felt there needs to be a corpus of research and writings on diversity and the experiences of people of color in librarianship and archives, similar to information literacy, collection development, and any other relevant subject in these two informational fields. When we first sent out the requests for abstracts we received a number of folks saying they had just read or written on this subject as if that should be the end of it. We challenged the responses to think of this as an ongoing dialogue with many different perspectives that should be explored, commented on, and argued. We need to be a part of the information studies canon like any other important issue in libraries and archives.

The how of writing the book consisted of us sending out a call for proposal abstracts. We received an overwhelming response with enough abstracts for all 3 books (first on academia, second was going to be on law librarians, and the 3rd was on the experiences of young and diverse librarians). Miguel and I individually and then together scored the abstracts in a spreadsheet, then we came together. If there were any disputed contributors we talked about them; I had one and he had one that we kept in the book. We provided deadlines for when they were to have their contributions to us. We did the first editing and review, gave them feedback, then set another deadline for the final chapters. We pulled the entire manuscript together with an introduction and contacted the noted scholar and former ALA president to write a preface, then sent it to the publisher for feedback. Received feedback (this is when we found out we were removed from being editors of the series) that we shared with the contributors and sent back to the publisher. We were told that the index was being created, the cover was being made (no input from us), the proof would be shared for any final errors (didn’t receive until after we noted some glaring errors), then published.

Book is done and I’m pleased with the book for the most part and that I’m done with the publisher and the book is out. The contributors wrote from the heart without censors so I’m pleased about that too.