​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].

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.

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]

4. CrossRef

A single presentation reviewing some of the “nuts and bolts” on which best practices can rest:

Day One Closing, facilitated by Ann Okerson

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]

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].

7. Panel Discussion


The meetings concluded with a broad discussion with Marie O’Neill (chair), Okerson, Cohen, Egeland, Schlosser, Brennan, and Stadler, followed by a brief focused wrap-up. 

The IFLA Special Interest Group will meet again at the World Library and Information Congress in Athens (August 2019) and to continue as a force for communication, organization, and advocacy.


Wrap-Up:  Professor James O’Donnell, Arizona State University