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Library Publishing Coalition Professional Development: Courses and Webinars

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

About This Guide

The production of this guide is sponsored and coordinated by the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) Professional Development Committee, which bears primary responsibility for assessing professional development needs and planning and implementing professional development and training opportunities for LPC members throughout the year.

Please send questions, comments, and suggestions to both Adrian Ho at the University of Kentucky Libraries and Melanie Schlosser at the Library Publishing Coalition.

Free Online Courses

Library Publishing Curriculum

Currently available as downloadable teaching materials, this dynamic, extensible, multimedia curriculum is intended to empower librarians to meet local demands to launch and/or enhance scholarly publishing activities. The Library Publishing Curriculum was created as part of the "Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing" project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Open Textbook Network Publishing Curriculum

Developed by the Open Textbook Network, this course is designed to be pragmatic support for open textbook publishing programs.

Copyright for Educators & Librarians

“This course is a professional development opportunity designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians.” 

Copyright for Multimedia

"In this course we will look at four different media, paying special attention to the unique issues for each one and the kinds of information that is important when making copyright decisions for each type of material."


“CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered from January to May each year under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  The course explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed…” 

Online Publishing

"In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with state-of-the-art online publishing techniques and relevant cultural issues..."

PKP School

“PKP School is an online, open, self-paced collection of courses designed to help improve the quality of scholarly publishing around the world.” 

ZSRx Digital Publishing

This is a mini-MOOC from Wake Forest University Library that examines the digital publishing landscape.

Videos and Webinars

Allen Press Webinars

These are free Webinars targeted at scholarly societies that publish their journals using Allen Press’s platform and services.  They cover a variety of topics, eg, altmetrics, marketing, publishing ethics, etc. 

Apex Webinars

Colleagues from Apex discuss a variety of publishing issues in these Webinars. 

CopyTalk Webinars

Sponsored by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Copyright Education Subcommittee, this Webinar series addresses a wide array of copyright topics.  

Crossref Webinars

A variety of scholarly publishing topics are addressed by Webinars organized by Crossref.  

DCL Learning Series

These archived Webinars address a variety of technical and production issues related to publishing and data conversion.  This series is hosted by Data Conversion Laboratory Inc.

Foundation Center Course Offerings

The Foundation Center offers courses on fundraising for nonprofit organizations.  Some of them are recorded Webinars that can be accessed for free. 

Library Publishing Coalition Webinars

Webinars hosted by the LPC Professional Development Committee examine issues in library-based scholarly publishing.  

OASPA Webinars

These are video recordings of Webinars hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. 

Rebus Community Office Hours

The Rebus Community hosts online discussions about publishing open textbooks. 

River Valley Zeeba Videos

Videos of presentations given at publishing-related conferences (CrossRef, Force 2015, Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, etc.) are posted here. 

Scholastica Webinars

Scholastica hosts Webinars on topics that are of interest to journal publishers and editors. 

Spotlight on Publishing

Sponsored by Berkeley Electronic Press, these Webinars offer strategies for launching a library publishing program and share tips for building and improving academic journals. 

Society for Scholarly Publishing YouTube Channel

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) provides access to presentations on different topics. 

UKSG Webinars

These are free Webinars about various scholarly communication topics.  Some are publishing-related. 

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