IFLA Satellite Meeting: Libraries as Publishers

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Call for Proposals: Satellite Meeting

Theme:  Libraries as Publishers: Building a Global Community

Sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development

Co-sponsored by Serials and Other Continuing Resources

Collaborators:  Library Publishing Coalition and the University of Michigan Library

Libraries are engaging, with increasing success, in the dissemination of original scholarly and literary materials.  Both public and academic libraries are becoming publishers for their communities.  Over the last few years, the number of libraries with a commitment to publishing has grown substantially, with both academic and public libraries finding a strong demand for their services.  The latest Library Publishing Directory profiles more than 115 libraries with active publishing programs, most in North America but an increasing number in other continents.  A global community of library publishers is forming, and this meeting provides the ideal opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world to identify common themes, brainstorm about shared challenges, and identify future opportunities for information exchange and collaboration.

The program will comprise three half-day sessions titled "Understanding the Vision," "Implementing the Vision," and "Sustaining and Growing the Vision."

We invite proposals in English (up to 300 words) for 10-15 minute presentations addressing topics that align with one of the three session themes. Examples of such topics might include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Reflection on the outcomes of a specific library publishing program or project
  • The emerging impact/role of library-published work in collection development
  • The process of launching a small, open-access journal from within a library
  • How a library publishing program or individual publication can achieve financial sustainability
  • The role of the library in meeting scholars’ obligations to freely disseminate their work
  • The role of the library in supporting innovation in digital scholarship/publishing
  • Opportunities for collaboration between university libraries and university presses
  • Case studies of existing projects

We particularly welcome submissions from outside North America and submissions with an international focus.

Important Dates:

31 March 2016: Deadline to submit proposals 

8 April 2016: Notification to submitters

1 September 2016: Deadline for authors to submit complete presentation for inclusion in proceedings. Authors may choose to submit either the full text of their talk (plus slides if possible) or a more formal version of the presentation written up as a full paper or article. 

Satellite Planning & Programme Committee:

Ann Okerson, Chair, IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development

Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair, IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources

Maria Bonn, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Illinois

Sarah Lippincott, Program Director, Library Publishing Coalition

Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing, University of Michigan

Rebecca Welzenbach, Director of Strategic Integration and Partnerships, Michigan Publishing