The IFLA SIG was officially organized at the IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur (2018), to advance the rapidly emerging, relatively new field of Library Publishing, which is part of a broader range of scholarly communication activities driven and managed by all types of libraries: national, state, academic, and public and private.

Specifically, library publishing involves the publication of predominantly open access journals, monographs, and other materials to a variety of audiences and through a variety of languages, using open source or proprietary publishing platforms. Library publishing activities are closely linked to the strategic imperatives of institutions pertaining to open scholarship.

Library publishing activities build upon librarian competencies such as collection development, copyright, discoverability, outreach, and platform management and may offer a range of support services including consultancy, editorial, training in workflows, policy development, dissemination, hosting, digitization of collections, ethics and governance, impact, and sustainability. Libraries can act as publishers directly or lend support in other ways, such as infrastructure or funding local or global open publishing initiatives.

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The IFLA Special Interest Group on Library Publishing actively supports and encourages brand new, emerging, and established library publishers of all library types across the world through its IFLA-WLIC open programmes, email list, web space, mid-term and business meetings, social media platforms, and through strategic affiliations, particularly with the Library Publishing Coalition and other groups.

Most recently, the SIG created, in collaboration with the LPC the Global Library Publishing Map.

The mission, vision, and activities of the IFLA SIG are informed by the values of diversity, inclusion, openness, and equality and by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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This unit is sponsored by the Acquisition and Collection Development Section.

This unit is part of the Professional Division D.