Preliminary Program – April 2016 (speakers and details subject to change)

Wednesday, August 10: Opening

5:30 pm Reception at the Michigan Union, Pendleton Room.

6:00 – 6:30 pm Opening Remarks from James Hilton, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation, University of Michigan

6:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner: Michigan Union, Pendleton Room. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.


Thursday, August 11: Day One

All meeting events in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. Breakfast served from 8 am.

8:45 am Greeting from the IFLA Chairs, Ann Okerson and Sharon Dyas-Correia


This session will focus on patterns internationally in the growth of library publishing, with speakers asked to reflect on broader patterns in their regions as well as presenting illustrative case studies. The focus is on understanding common themes and motivations behind why libraries are becoming more and more engaged with publishing, exploring these issues through a uniquely diverse global lens appropriate to an IFLA satellite meeting.

9:00 – 10:30 am Session 1. Moderator: Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan

Moderator introduces speakers / frames the session (10 minutes)

“Approaches to library publishing services in Latin America,” Julio Santillán-Aldana, Universidada de Braisila, Brazil (15 minutes)

“African librarianship and embracing the libraries-as-publishers model,” Jeremiah Pietersen and Reggie Raju, University of Cape Town, South Africa (15 minutes)

“Sustainable Open Access publishing: Preconditions, dialog, and continuous adaptation: The Stockholm University Press case,” Sofie Wennström and Birgitta Hellmark Lindgren, Stockholm University, Sweden (15 minutes)

“One of the noblest duties of a university: Planning the Concordia University Press,” Geoffrey Little, Concordia University, Canada (15 minutes)

Discussion (20 minutes)


10:30 – 11:00 am Break



11 – 12:30 pm Session 2A. Moderator: Ann Okerson, Center for Research Libraries (Chicago, USA) and INASP (Oxford, UK)

This session illustrates the range of different types of libraries in which publishing activities are flourishing, and the different institutional contexts that library publishers are working in. Given their different origins, can we talk about these library publishers as representing a coherent group? Or are their ambitions and programs shaped by entirely local considerations?

Moderator introduces speakers / frames the session (10 minutes)

“Libraries as publishers: Implementing the vision at the Georgetown Law Library,” Diana R. Donahoe, Georgetown University, USA (15 minutes)

“Small public libraries as publishers,” Dijana Sabolović-Krajina, Public Library „Fran Galović“ in Koprivnica, Croatia (15 minutes)

“Sustaining and growing the vision of an academic library’s Fine Press,” Emily Tipps and Crane Giamo, University of Utah, USA (15 minutes)

“Where do we go from here? Starting up an academic journal in a smaller institution,” Richard Saunders, Southern Utah University (15 minutes) Download handout (PDF)

Discussion: 20 minutes


12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 pm Session 2B. Moderator: Sharon Dyas-Correia, University of Toronto

Library publishers are using an array of publishing platforms to achieve their goals, leveraging software originally created to support institutional repositories, building new open source tools, or adopting dedicated publishing technology platforms. The case studies presented in this section have each taken a different approach and the presenters will reflect on how they made their choices as well as comparing the strengths of the systems they are developing or working with.

Moderator introduces speakers / frames the session (10 minutes)

“Vega and the DPI: A case study of digital publishing at West Virginia University,” Cheryl Ball, West Virginia University, USA (15 minutes)

“Using Skyepack technology to deliver an interactive parasitology e-textbook: Heather Todd, University of Queensland, Australia (15 minutes)

The Journal of Tolkien Research and Digital Commons,” Brad Eden, Valparaiso University, USA (15 minutes)

“Growing the vision: Next steps for Open Access library publishing,” Shawn Martin, Indiana University, USA (15 minutes)

Discussion: 20 minutes


3:00 – 3:30 pm Break



This more informal, interactive session facilitates practical learning and information exchange around the production of particular kinds of publication that have been responsive to innovative approaches by library publishers. Each round table will have an expert and enthusiastic moderator who will promote open and inclusive knowledge sharing while also structuring the conversation.

3:30 – 5:00 pm Organizer: Becky Welzenbach, University of Michigan

  • Journals
  • Textbooks/OER
  • Conference proceedings, other books
  • Other, incl. engaging with digital humanities


6:30 – 8:30 pm Reception and dinner at the Michigan Publishing Buhr Building, 839 Greene Street

Michigan Publishing is the Publishing division of University of Michigan Library, incorporating University of Michigan Press and Michigan Publishing Services, and partnering with other library divisions in the management of Deep Blue, the University’s institutional repository. It is the result of a merger between the Scholarly Publishing Office of the Library and the University Press and has been a recognized site for innovation in scholarly publishing for almost 20 years. Come join your publishing colleagues for a showcase of some of Michigan Publishing’s work combined with fun and collegiality in our “glamorous” warehouse building, initially built to manufacture furniture fittings.


August 12: Day Two

8 am Breakfast


9:00 – 10:30 am Session 3A. Moderator: Maria Bonn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As library publishing matures, issues around how to financially sustain and expand programs are coming to the fore. As well as exploring new business opportunities on their own campuses, libraries are collaborating to build larger cooperative organizations to better serve the needs of scholars and students across institutions.

“Achieving financial sustainability: Are we asking the wrong questions?” Kevin S. Hawkins, University of North Texas, USA

“Sustainable book publishing as a service at the University of Michigan,” Jason Colman, University of Michigan, USA

“Distributed publishers: Collaborating and facilitating publishing across campus,” Andrea Wirth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA (15 minutes)

“Sustaining library publishing through multi-stakeholder cooperatives,” Kevin Stranack, Simon Fraser University, Canada (15 minutes)

Discussion: 30 minutes


10:30 – 11:00 am Break


11:00 – 12:15 pm Session 3B. Moderator: Rebecca Welzenbach, University of Michigan

Sustainability is often discussed in narrowly financial terms, but it also has a strong social dimension that requires building relationships with a community of authors and supporters. In this session presenters explore how best to connect with various groups across their institutions as well as ensuring that their publishing programs best meet the needs of the scholars they aim to serve.

“Functioning in the grey: Kennesaw State University’s library journal publishing projects,” Aajay Murphy, Kennesaw State University, USA (15 minutes)

“Journals are people too: building and maintaining relationships with journal editors and staff,” Brian L. Rosenblum, University of Kansas, USA (15 minutes)

“Understanding the needs of scholars in a contemporary publishing environment,” Katrina S. Fenlon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (15 minutes)

Discussion: 30 minutes


12:15 – 12:30 pm Concluding thoughts and close out: Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan

12:30 Boxed lunch available “to go”