As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is pleased to support the Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing, which recognizes the best publication from the preceding calendar year. The LPC Research Committee issues an annual call for nominations, evaluates submissions, and selects a recipient for the award.

2018 Awardee

Tracy, D. (2017). Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience. College & Research Libraries, 78(2)

Award Details

The award recipient receives: 1. A cash prize of $250. 2. One complimentary registration for the Library Publishing Forum. 3. A $500 travel stipend. 4. An opportunity to present the scholarship to the library publishing community.


  • Originality: Submissions must present original research or theoretical work. For the purposes of the award, “research” includes both generalizable research and non-generalizable program/project evaluation. “Theory” includes both the presentation of a novel theory and the application of existing theory (e.g. a program/process/practice description that is presented within a theoretical framework).
  • Date: Submissions must have been published during the previous calendar year.
  • Format: Submissions must be textual publications, such as an article, monograph, conference paper/proceeding, white paper/report, thesis/dissertation, etc.
  • Open Access: Submissions must be freely available (either via open access publishing or archiving in an open access repository) at the time of nomination.
  • Peer Review: Submissions must have undergone appropriate peer review (e.g. for articles, a journal peer review process; for dissertations, review/acceptance by a committee). Nominations must briefly describe the review process used for the submission.
  • Relevance: Submissions must address a topic or question directly related to library publishing services.
  • Author Teams: Submissions with multiple authors are eligible; however, only one cash prize and one Forum registration/travel stipend will be awarded.


Nominations for the 2019 award will open in January of 2019.

Evaluation Criteria

The Research Committee considers the following when making their selection:

  • For theoretical works, the relevance and/or meaningful application to library publishing services of the conceptual framework(s) introduced;
  • For research (or evaluation) works, the appropriateness of the methodology and its execution;
  • The organization and clarity of the writing;
  • The significance of the findings/conclusion, for example (but not limited to):
    • The immediate utility of the work for library publishing programs
    • The strength of findings that demonstrate value or impact of library publishing services
    • The likelihood that the work will change or influence practice.

Previous Awardees

2017: Roh, C., & Inefuku, H. (2016). Agents of Diversity and Social Justice: Librarians and Scholarly Communication. In K. Smith & K. A. Dickson (Eds.), Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication: Policy and Infrastructure (pp. 107–128). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. (edited)

2016: Okerson, A., & Holzman, A. (2015). The Once and Future Publishing Library. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources.