May 27, 2022

Presentations From IFLA Library Publishing SIG Midterm Meeting (Dublin 2019) Now Available Online

The IFLA Library Publishing SIG meeting took place in Dublin, Ireland (February 28, 2019-March 1st, 2019).

Links to All Presentations and Videos

The IFLA Library Publishing SIG meeting took place in Dublin, Ireland (February 28, 2019-March 1st, 2019).

Opening Talk:  Dr. Philip Cohen, Chair of the Library Association of Ireland, introduced by Ann Okerson, Center for Research Libraries (video)

1. Approaches.  The first three presentations and discussion focused on case studies of library-based publishing enterprises (University of Florida [Stapleton], Stockholm University Press [Lenz], and Pennsylvania State University [Laird].

a. Libraries as publishing partners: Promoting best practices in open access journals
Stapleton, Suzanne Cady (University of Florida)
b. Small is big and slow is fast: Stockholm University Press as a case study
Lenz, Christina (Stockholm University Press)
c. Quality communication: Is there a best practice for all library publishing programs?
Laird, Ally (Penn State University)


2. Education and Mentoring.  The second session moved to connections between library-based publishing and education/training, both for the publishing activity itself and for the links between library publishing and the preparation and presentation of learning materials for students generally.

a. The Library Publishing Curriculum
Schlosser, Melanie (Library Publishing Coalition)
b. The Digital Publishing Workshop @ Columbia University Libraries
Wilson, Michelle (Columbia University)
c. Open Education, Open Access, and Open Source: Information literacy Instruction through course-based publishing
Stranack, Kevin (Simon Fraser University Library)
d. The Bookshelf Publishing Unit – MOOCs and digital textbooks – at OsloMet University
Høivik, Helge (OsloMet University) 

3. Business Models and Sustainability.  Two presentations concentrated on the business mechanics of library publishing, including the continuing activity of OsloMet University Library [Eikebrokk] and a nascent Irish coalition [Hyland and Kouker]

a. Publishing open digital journals: The use of Open Journal Systems (OJS) at OsloMet University Library
Eikebrokk, Trude (OsloMet University)Eikebrokk
b. Take the Power Back: sustainable business models for new university presses
Hyland, Jack; Kouker, Alexander; Zaitsev, Dmitri (IFLA SIG on Library Publishing) 

4. CrossRef: I know the ‘why’ of DOIs, what about the rest? – a single presentation reviewing some of the “nuts and bolts” on which best practices can rest. Lammey, Rachael (CrossRef)

Day One Closing: IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group, facilitated by Ann Okerson (video)

5. Impacting Communities.  Three vivid presentations described ways in which library publishing can perform a service with high community impact for a smaller-scale undertaking, including examples from Nigerian politics [Fallon], Irish community-building [Connolly/Walker-Headon] and the changing status of the ‘travelers’ in Irish society [Buggle]

a. Open Access publishing of a unique and distinctive collection: The Maynooth University Death-Row Correspondence of Ken Saro-Wiwa
Fallon, Helen (Maynooth University)
b. Publishing the ITT Short Story Collection without a budget!
Connolly, Gerard; Walker-Headon, Niamh (Technological University Dublin)Connolly/Walker-Headon
c. Amplifying the voices of the marginalised
Buggle, Jane (Dublin Business School) 

6. Global Collaborations.  The final substantive presentations addressed a variety of ways in which partnership and connections can facilitate local activity, from consortial activity [Meinecke] to links among libraries [Murphy/Chatterji], standardized-technology [Arning], and work deliberately reaching for global scale [Hollister].

a. AEUP – Connecting university presses in Europe
Meinecke, Isabella (Hamburg University Press)
b. Publishing in the hands of librarians — two presentations:
Murphy, Aajay; Chatterji, Promita (Kennesaw State University)
c. PUBLISSO: an all-in-one publishing platform
Arning, Ursula (ZB MED.)
d. The desire for global engagement in independent library-published journals
Hollister, Christopher (University at Buffalo) 

7. Panel Discussion.  The meetings concluded with a broad discussion and then a brief focused wrap-up (video).  The IFLA Special Interest Group to meet again at the World Library and Information Congress in Athens (August 2019) and to continue as a force for communication, organization, and advocacy.

Marie O’Neill (chair), with Okerson, Cohen, Egeland, Schlosser, Brennan, Stadler

Wrap-Up. Professor James O’Donnell, Arizona State University (video)

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