Sarah Kalikman Lippincott
Library Publishing Coalition
Beginning in 2012, more than 60 academic libraries from the U.S. and Canada worked with the Educopia Institute to launch a two-year effort to form a new organization. The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) project brought together a wide range of perspectives, from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions. Their common goal was to establish a community of library publishers within which they could learn, experiment, collaborate, and ultimately grow, both as a distinct publishing sub-field, and in cooperation with other publishing sub-fields. This experiment sought to establish a new community in community; the project intentionally involved this full range of institutions in every aspect of the LPC’s founding and formation, including the creation of its governance structure, business model, documentation, and initial services. This briefing will share information regarding this two-year process, LPC’s successful launch this year, and what we’ve all learned along the way, both about library publishing and about community formation. As part of this briefing, we will discuss the current state of the library publishing sub-field, reporting the findings from two years of data collected by the LPC on more than 120 research libraries’ activities which illustrate the impact of library publishing on campuses around the world, and underscore the potential for libraries to collectively propel meaningful change in scholarly communications. A variety of recent studies (e.g., Ithaka S&R’s sustainability studies, the Association of Research Library’s SPEC Kit 343, KN Consultants’ white paper on open access publishing), meetings (e.g., Scholarly Communications Institute, Project Bamboo, ARCS), and alignment efforts (e.g., SPARC, SCOAP, Knowledge Unlatched, Lever Initiative, Force11) reflect the broad and ongoing interest in libraries as publishers. The briefing will frame the LPC’s current and future work within these other efforts in the scholarly communications landscape. The briefing will end with a discussion of the Collective Impact Model and its potential utility in coordinating an ever-widening circle of stakeholders in order to move from collective action (where we are now, system-wide) to collective impact (the system-level change we aspire to create).