Library Publishing Directory

Call for Entries: Library Publishing Directory 2015

Do you distribute ETDs through your institutional repository?

Do you support the publication of open access journals? Do you aid in the creation of open education resources?

If you engage in these or other forms of value-added content creation and dissemination, help us to document the range of activities that libraries are undertaking in “publishing” (broadly defined) through their work in scholarly communications, digital humanities, digital sciences, and institutional repositories.

To promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing, and to raise the visibility of the unique contributions of libraries as “publishers,” the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is compiling the second edition of its Library Publishing Directory.

To have your library included, please complete our questionnaire by Friday, August 15, 2014.

The questionnaire has 32 questions and takes between 20 and 45 minutes to complete. We recommend that you preview the questions ( before you begin. 

The Library Publishing Directory is an important tool for libraries wishing to learn about this emerging field, connect with their peers, and align their practices with those of the broader community. The first edition was downloaded more than 2,000 times.

The Directory is published openly on the web and will include contact information, descriptions, and other key facts about each library's publishing services. An interactive version of the Directory is forthcoming. A print version will also be made available for purchase.

Please e-mail Sarah Lippincott ( or Holly Mercer ( with questions or comments. 


Announcing the 1st edition of the Library Publishing Directory

Published in October 2013, the Library Publishing Directory provides a snapshot of the publishing activities of 115 academic and research libraries, including information about the number and types of publications they produce, the services they offer authors, how they are staffed and funded, and the future plans of institutions that are engaged in this growing field.

Download the Open Access version (PDF or EPUB) or order a print copy via Purdue University Press. The Library Publishing Directory is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

In documenting the breadth and depth of activities in this field, this resource aims to articulate the unique value of library publishing; establish it as a significant and growing community of practice; and to raise its visibility within a number of stakeholder communities, including administrators, funding agencies, other scholarly publishers, librarians, and content creators.

Specifically it is hoped that this Directory will:

  • Introduce all readers to the emerging field of library publishing and help articulate its unique characteristics as a distinctive "publishing field."
  • Facilitate collaboration among library publishers and other publishing entities, especially the university presses and learned societies that share their values.
  • Alert authors of scholarly content to a range of potential publishing partners dedicated to supporting their experimentation with new forms of scholarly communication and open access business models.

Directory Subcommittee

Marilyn Billings (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Stephanie Davis-Kahl (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Adrian Ho (University of Kentucky)
Sarah Lippincott (ex officio)
Holly Mercer (University of Tennessee)
Katherine Skinner (ex officio)
Elizabeth Smart (Brigham Young University)
Shan Sutton (Oregon State University)
Allegra Swift (Claremont University Consortium)
Beth Turtle (Kansas State University)
Charles Watkinson (Purdue University)