Upcoming Webinars

The LPC’s Professional Development Committee coordinates a regular webinar series to provide opportunities to share knowledge, discuss on-the-ground experiences, and build on community expertise. Unless otherwise indicated, webinar participation is member-only. The recordings are made freely available on this site, however, to help support the larger community of library publishers. To access the recordings, see the list of past webinars.

There are no webinars scheduled at this time.

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These member-only discussions take place approximately every other month. Each one has a specified topic and an LPC member facilitator, and they often include at least one guest participant. They are informal (no presentations, no recordings), and are designed to give the LPC community an opportunity to discuss a topic of interest, as well as to identify opportunities for collaboration and areas that need further investigation or programming. Roundtable discussions are open to all staff at member institutions.

Roundtable, November 2017: bepress

Date: November 17, 2017, 2:00pm EST
Topic: Elsevier’s acquisition of bepress
Hosted by: The LPC Board
Moderated by: Joshua Neds-Fox (Wayne State University)

Many in the LPC community utilize bepress’s Digital Commons to underpin our publishing efforts, open access programs, and scholarly communications outreach. Some also have concerns about the actions of Elsevier, the multi-national scholarly publisher who recently purchased bepress, within the scholarly communication environment. Certainly the purchase is discussion-worthy, and we anticipate that our membership may have practical considerations to share in relation to these two vendors. What do we as individuals, as library representatives, and as a Coalition, think about the acquisition? How does it affect our strategies around publishing and open access? How can we support each other—our colleagues who are staying with bepress and those who are looking to migrate away—in making decisions about future directions, and in working together to support those decisions? Join us for a roundtable discussion addressing the purchase and the potentially complex future of Digital Commons in the academic library.

Roundtable, September 2017: Preservation

Date: September 29, 2017, 12:00-1:00pm EDT
Topic: Preservation
Moderated by: Wendy Robertson (University of Iowa, NASIG)
Guests: Ted Westervelt (Library of Congress), Bronwen Sprout (University of British Columbia, PKP), Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute), Sam Meister (MetaArchive Cooperative)
Co-Sponsors: MetaArchive and NASIG

This is a chance to talk about what LPC members are doing to preserve the content they publish, as well as to learn about some preservation-related programs in our space. Guests and attendees will help us identify ways that the LPC can support its members in preserving their content, and opportunities to partner with other organizations to further the goal of a stable scholarly record. We hope that this will also inspire local conversations, so please feel free to invite staff working on preservation issues elsewhere in your library to attend.

Roundtable, July 2017: Digital Scholarship and Library Publishing

Date: July 20, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm EDT
Topic: Digital Scholarship and Library Publishing
Moderated by: Harriett Green (University of Illinois) and Laurie Taylor (University of Florida)
Guests: Brian Rosenblum (University of Kansas), Curtis Small (University of Delaware, Colored Conventions), Sarah Patterson (University of Massachusetts, Colored Conventions)

Clifford Lynch wrote in Rethinking Institutional Repository Strategies: Report of a CNI Executive Roundtable, “The Digital Humanities/IR relationship is very important. For faculty aggressively embracing DH work, and producing new genres of scholarly output that don’t fit within the existing publishing (and hence stewardship and preservation) systems, the ability to shift access and preservation of their work into an institutional setting is essential to legitimizing this work.” Digital scholarship presents a similar set of challenges and opportunities to library publishers. How can we support scholars in creating complex digital products? What does library publishing bring to the table in this area? How does unique digital scholarship fit into our strategies for scalability and sustainability? What does it mean to ‘publish’ a digital scholarship project, anyway? Please join us for an exploratory conversation about the current digital scholarship landscape, the opportunities for library publishers, and the needs of scholars and librarians related to this emerging area of practice.

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LPC meetups are informal gatherings at library and scholarly communications events. These events are open to everyone, whether affiliated with an LPC member institution or not, and are a great way to meet colleagues in library publishing and to learn more about the LPC. See below for recent and upcoming meetups.

PKP 2017 International Scholarly Publishing Conference

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Location: Saint-Houblon, 5414 Avenue Gatineau
Organized by: Kevin Hawkins

NASIG Annual Conference

Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017
Organized by: Carol Ann Borchert

Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Organized by: Hillary Corbett

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Community Calendar

The LPC community calendar includes national and regional professional events of relevance to the library publishing community as well as LPC-hosted events and meetups. To submit an event for inclusion, contact melanie@educopia.org.

Nothing from July 27, 2018 to August 26, 2018.