Illinois Wesleyan Joins Project to Create Library Publishing Coalition
Jan. 16, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University, in collaboration with more than 50 other academic libraries
and the Educopia Institute, has joined a two-year project (2013-2014) to create the
Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). The project emerged from conversations between
Purdue University, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech regarding the
need for a community dedicated to advancing the field of library publishing. Illinois
Wesleyan University will play an integral role in the design and implementation of
the LPC as a contributing institution.
Academic libraries and the researchers and organizations they support are facing a
new paradigm in scholarly publishing. The web, information and social media technologies,
and the Open Source and Open Access movements are changing the framework in which
scholarship is created, collected, organized, and disseminated. Yet, as shown by the
highly regarded, IMLS-funded Strategies for Success project, library-based publishing groups lack a central space where they can meet, work together,
share information, and confront common issues.
Through seed support from Educopia and participating institutions, the LPC project
will engage practitioners to design a collaborative network that intentionally addresses
and supports an evolving, distributed, and diverse range of library production and
During the first stage of the project, the LPC’s project team will document and evaluate
how best to structure this initiative in order to promote collaboration and knowledge
sharing for this field. The project team will produce several concrete deliverables,
- Targeted research, building on existing broader surveys, that will focus on topics
of particular interest to the community, including costs, staffing, and how libraries
are financing these ventures.
- Compilation of a directory of existing library publishing services, providing details
including staff contacts, types of products produced, and software platforms utilized.
- A forum for networking and sharing communications about library publishing services,
including an annual event and ongoing virtual training and community-building activities.
- The design and implementation of the Library Publishing Coalition as an ongoing, institutionally
owned organization that serves the needs of this community.
Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries at Virginia Tech and one of the project’s
initiators, called the formation of the LPC “a significant occasion in the development
of library services and community building in our profession.” He added, “One day,
through the community that is the LPC, new business and service models for library-based
publishing will be formed, shared technologies brought about, and best practices documented,
communicated, and learned. The LPC promises to advance new forms of information services
in the Digital Age and I’m looking forward to realizing the promise of what can be...
More information and a full list of participating institutions are available on the
For more information about Illinois Wesleyan's participation, contact Scholarly Communications
Librarian/Associate Professor Stephanie Davis-Kahl, (309) 556-3010.