Speakers for IMLS-sponsored Library Publishing Services Workshops Announced

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The roster of invited speakers and participants for the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Services Strategies for Success workshops has been finalized. Each workshop will feature 5 focused topics with 3 panel speakers each. The workshops are scheduled for three consecutive weeks this May on the campuses of the Georgia Institute of Technology (May 4-6), the University of Utah (May 11-13), and Purdue University (May 18-20).

Drawn from the respondents to the Web survey and workshop application issued during the fall 2010 portion of the study, forty speakers and participants have been invited to each workshop location. The response rates to both the survey and application were high, which made selecting invitees difficult. However, the aim in selecting both speakers and participants was to represent a variety of types of institutions, regional diversity, and a range of perspectives; from deans of libraries, through scholarly communications librarians, to university press directors. While the composition at each workshop will vary, the topics to be covered will be identical and will focus on the sharing of best practices in providing library-based publishing services and areas of need for capacity building.

Although the workshops are now fully booked, the results will be shared widely with the community. The outcomes of these focused and heavily participatory workshops will be brought together with the results of the survey and three case studies in library publishing to inform the construction of a white paper, to be made available through the SPARC Campus-based Publishing site in Fall 2011 (See here)

Please contact Mark Newton, Assistant Professor, Purdue University Libraries (newton@purdue.edu), with inquiries for additional information on this project.

The sessions and speakers confirmed for the May workshops are as follows:

Technological Infrastructure: This session will review the capabilities of the various technological systems that libraries are using to manage their publishing processes. These are not just hosting platforms, but often have peer-review, manuscript management, and marketing capabilities as well. Speakers and participants will be encouraged to debate the merits of present options and to engage in a discussion of essential system components.


Georgia Institute of Technology

Grace Agnew (Rutgers University)

Vanessa Gabler (University of Pittsburgh)

Richard Szary (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


Purdue University

Tschera Connell (The Ohio State University)

Kathy Killoh (Athabasca University Press)

Gloriana St. Clair (Carnegie Mellon University)


University of Utah

Allegra Gonzalez (Claremont University Consortium)

Ann Lally (University of Washington)

Deborah Ludwig (University of Kansas)


Policies and Processes: This session will cover how library publishing services develop policies around issues such as collection/list development, author rights and responsibilities, and liability. It will focus also on the publishing process and the way in which institutions have documented their publishing workflows, from submission, through peer-review, to production, dissemination, and archiving.



Georgia Institute of Technology

Rea Devakos (University of Toronto)

Isabel Silver (University of Florida)

Stephen Spatz (Villanova University)


Purdue University

Sandra De Groote (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Timothy Deliyannides (University of Pittsburgh)

Adrian Ho (The University of Western Ontario)


University of Utah

Brian Owen (Simon Fraser University)

Brian Rosenblum (University of Kansas)

Lisa Schiff (University of California)


Skills and Training: Publishing requires a new set of skills and competencies which are not taught in library schools. Library-based publishing emphasizes a form of lightweight workflow which is also not really covered by the professional events of the main publishing societies. Therefore, what should the core elements in a syllabus on library-based publishing be? Is it possible to retrain existing staff, or is hiring new talent the only way to create a publishing program?



Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael Furlough (Pennsylvania State University)

Shana Kimball (University of Michigan)

David Ruddy (Cornell University)


Purdue University

Stephanie Davis-Kahl (Illinois Wesleyan University)

Teresa Fishel (Macalester College)

Wendy Robertson (University of Iowa)


University of Utah

Amy Buckland (McGill University)

Isaac Gilman (Pacific University)

Mary Westell (University of Calgary)


Business and Sustainability Models: Library-based publishing programs lead the way in experimenting with new, especially Open Access, business models. This is partly for philosophical, mission-based reasons and partly because libraries lack the systems and experience to charge for subscriptions or sell access. As library-based publishing programs mature, sustainability thus emerges as a critical issue.


Georgia Institute of Technology

Patrick Alexander (Penn State University Press)

Sam Kalb (Queen’s University)

Mark Newton (Purdue University)


Purdue University

Marilyn Billings (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Karen Hill (University of Michigan Press)

Rebecca Kennison (Columbia University)


University of Utah

Rick Clement (Utah State University)

Dan Lee (University of Arizona)

Rowland Lorimer (Simon Fraser University)


Organization and Collaboration: Library-based publishing initiatives are often conducted in collaboration with other campus units, most usually the university press or campus IT. Because partners have different business models and cultures, tensions sometimes emerge in these relationships. Discussion will focus on issues of governance, organizational structure, and strategies that have been developed for strengthening these partnerships.


Georgia Institute of Technology

Monica McCormick (New York University)

Carrie Rampp (Bucknell University)

Pamela Whiteley McLaughlin (Syracuse University)


Purdue University

Barbara DeFelice (Dartmouth College)

Jonathan McGlone (Wayne State University)

Sarah Pritchard (Northwestern University)


University of Utah

Maria Bonn (University of Michigan)

Holly Mercer (Texas A&M University)

Mike Roy (Middlebury College)