May 25, 2022

New Article: “Library (Publishing) School: Training and Competencies for the New Publishing Professional”

The following article appears in the new issue (Volume 17, Issue 2) of The Journal of Electronic Publishing.


Library (Publishing) School: Training and Competencies for the New Publishing Professional


Alix Keener
Michigan Press


The Journal of Electronic Publishing
Vol 17, Issue 2
Spring, 2014


Many universities today now have a library where staff are exploring the frontiers of open access publishing and digital services. Librarians and other staff employed at these libraries have a diverse range of skills that work in harmony to bring digital content to their users, skills that could be harnessed to focus on scholarly publishing. Accordingly, schools of library science and information, which offer education in both academic and public service, could be one potential place for those aspiring to publishing to receive an education. In this article, I attempt to identify some of the tensions between theory and practice that currently underscore the murkiness in choosing the best location for publishing education and training. Library or information school, and the breadth of both traditional and nontraditional skills it has to offer, is a substantial, long-term alternative to rushed weekend publishing intensives and pricey seminars.

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Note: The Journal of Electronic Publishing now features article annotation powered by Learn more about this new feature in this introduction by Maria Bonn and Jonathan McGlone.

See Also: New Article: “Library-as-Publisher: Capacity Building for the Library Publishing Subfield”

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.