University of Maryland joins Library Publishing Coalition
January 14, 2013 — The University of Maryland, in collaboration with
more than 50 other academic libraries and the Educopia Institute, has joined a
two-year project (2013-2014) to create the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC).
The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, the University
of North Texas, and Virginia Tech regarding the need for a community dedicated
to advancing the field of library publishing. The University of Maryland will
play an integral role in the design and implementation of the LPC as a
Academic libraries and the researchers and
organizations they support are facing a new paradigm in scholarly publishing.
The web, information and social media technologies, and the Open Source and Open
Access movements are changing the framework in which scholarship is created,
collected, organized, and disseminated. Yet, as shown by the highly regarded,
IMLS-funded Strategies for Success project
library-based publishing groups lack a central space where they can meet, work
together, share information, and confront common issues.
support from Educopia and participating institutions, the LPC project will
engage practitioners to design a collaborative network that intentionally
addresses and supports an evolving, distributed, and diverse range of library
production and publishing practices.
More information and a full list of
participating institutions are available on the project website,
The Educopia Institute serves and
advances the well-being of libraries, information/research centers, and their
parent institutions by fostering the advancement of shared information systems
and infrastructures. Educopia acts as a catalyst to assist and advise libraries
and other closely affiliated cultural memory institutions in the creation of new
digital means of preserving and providing access to scholarly communication and
the cultural record in socially responsible ways.