The Library Publishing Coalition will be an organization dedicated to advancing the emerging field of library publishing.
Unlike practitioners in other fields of librarianship and publishing, library-based publishing groups lack a central space to meet, work together, share information, and confront common issues.
Through seed support from the Educopia Institute and participating libraries, the project is engaging practitioners to design a collaborative network to support an evolving, distributed, range of library publishing practices. The project is studying, documenting, and evaluating how best to structure this community-led initiative to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing in the field.
What is library publishing?
The LPC defines library publishing as the set of activities led by college and university libraries to support the creation, dissemination, and curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works.
Generally, library publishing requires a production process, presents original work not previously made available, and applies a level of certification to the content published, whether through peer review or extension of the institutional brand.
Based on core library values and building on the traditional skills of librarians, it is distinguished from other publishing fields by a preference for Open Access dissemination and a willingness to embrace informal and experimental forms of scholarly communication and to challenge the status quo.