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Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development Guide: Fee-Based Programs

This guide provides professional development information and resources for librarians engaged in library publishing.

Library/Information School Courses

Digital Publishing Standards and Systems from the School of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University Bloomington

"This course will teach students to design and publish documents on the Web and for common eBook platforms such as iBook and Kindle..."

The Future of the Book from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto

"The course introduces students to interdisciplinary approaches such as book history, textual studies, history of reading, and digital humanities, with an emphasis on balancing theoretical speculation with practical implementation..."

Issues in Scholarly Communications and Publications from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia

"This course will provide the student with a strong theoretical framework to understand the challenges, and leadership potential for librarians and archivists, in the new environment for scholarly communications."

Publishing as an Information Profession from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois (look for LIS590AP)

"This course will be organized around in-depth explorations of the traditional publishing functions ranging from acquisitions through distribution, with a special focus on how those functions have been inflected and sometimes transformed by digital technologies and networked communication..." 

Publishing, Knowledge Institutions and Society: E-Revolutions? from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This course will examine how readers, authors, publishers, librarians, educators, researchers, and lawmakers are responding to these and other challenges."

Scholarly and Professional Communication from the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University

"Provides an overview of traditional and contemporary communication patterns and the generation and use of information in research, scholarly, and professional communities..."

Scholarly Communication from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Addresses how scholarship is communicated, shared, and stored. Includes scholars approach to academic work; social relationships within academia; external stakeholders in the scholarly communication system; and emerging technologies' impact upon work practices..."

Other Courses and Workshops

ALA Editions eLearning

Online workshops and eCourses on copyright and metadata are available from the American Library Association. 

ALPSP Events and Training

The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) offers fee-based courses and workshops on copyright, marketing, and e-production.

Berkeley Electronic Press Scholarly Publishing Certification Course

“In this intensive three-day course, you’ll learn how to take full advantage of the Digital Commons platform to publish journals, monographs, and conference proceedings. In addition to the nuts and bolts of working with Digital Commons, we will cover the key considerations for establishing a successful library-based publishing program…”

Library Juice Academy Courses

Library Juice Academy offers a variety of online courses that may be of interest to those involved in library publishing. 

Lynda.com

Courses related to different aspects of publishing are available from Lynda.com. 

Institutes and Graduate Programs

Arizona State University Scholarly Publishing (Graduate Certificate)

“The scholarly publishing certificate program offers training in publishing studies to graduate students from any discipline. The program focuses on publishing wherever it occurs: museums, corporations, cultural institutions, university presses, commercial houses, digital startups, libraries, journal and textbook publishers, and learned societies...” 

Boston University Editorial Institute

"The Institute offers advanced degrees (MA and PhD) to students who successfully prepare either editions of important writings, with textual apparatus and annotation, or monographs concerned with editing or textual bibliography..."

Columbia University Journalism School Publishing Course

This is a six-week graduate-level program for people who wish to pursue their careers as editors, literary agents, publishers, designers, publicists, etc. 

Denver Publishing Institute

“The Denver Publishing Institute is the ideal launching pad for your career in book publishing. During four weeks, it will introduce you to the exciting and ever-changing world of book publishing…” 

Drexel University’s MA in Publishing

The program serves those who intend to pursue a career in publishing, and also serves the needs of individuals already employed in the publishing field who seek to update and broaden their knowledge and/or aspire to advance in their field."

Emerson College's MA in Publishing and Writing

"The MA in Publishing and Writing program provides an overview of the publishing industry from writing and editing through design, production, promotion, and distribution..."

George Mason University's Digital Public Humanities Graduate Certificate

"This graduate certificate trains students in a wide range of digital tools that are in increasingly high demand in humanities careers."  

George Washington University's Master of Professional Studies in Publishing

"The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Publishing gives students a solid background in all areas of publishing, ensuring that students have both the knowledge and skills to build a successful career in an industry experiencing rapid technological and economic change..."

New York University Center for Publishing: Summer Publishing Institute

“The Summer Publishing Institute immerses students in an intense, six-week study of book, magazine, and digital publishing. Now entering its 37th year, the program combines workshops, strategy sessions, and presentations by some of the leading figures in publishing…” 

Pace University's MS in Publishing

"Our program is designed to equip students with comprehensive hands-on training in every aspect of book and magazine publishing and interactive media..."

Ryerson University's Publishing Program

"Ryerson’s Publishing Program offers a full array of courses covering print and digital publishing, including overviews of industry sectors as well as skills-based training..." 

Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing

"Students in the MPub program build a portfolio of work of a professional calibre in publication design, marketing, technology, cultural policy, management, and editorial..."

University of Houston-Victoria's MS in Publishing

"The MS in Publishing Program offers you the unique opportunity to learn the histories, concepts, and practices of publishing, from writing and editing to design, production, promotion, and distribution..."

Yale Publishing Course

“The Yale Publishing Course (YPC) tackles timely issues facing book and magazine media professionals, giving you a candid inside look at lessons learned by industry leaders as well as forward-looking approaches to publishing as a global enterprise…” 

More programs are listed on the Publishing and Library Programs page on the Society for Scholarly Publishing site.