About the Curriculum

The Educopia Institute and the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), in partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), NASIG, and BlueSky to BluePrint, are delighted to offer the “Library Publishing Curriculum,” a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians that are open and free under a CC-BY license for anyone to offer or adapt. This dynamic, extensible, multimedia curriculum is intended to empower librarians to meet local demands to launch and/or enhance scholarly publishing activities.

Released in 2018, the initial curriculum includes four modules that address major competencies in library publishing: Content, Impact, Policy, and Sustainability. Each module has been authored by field experts, and each is roughly the equivalent of a 12 hour “course.”

Each module contains an introduction plus 4-6 “units” that address topics of interest. Within each unit, we have produced and offer freely the following components: a narrative, a slideshow with talking notes, and activities for use in a physical or virtual classroom for workshops and courses.

The project team piloted more than a dozen workshops and courses based on the curriculum between 2017-2019. The team also assembled a permanent, asynchronous virtual workshop based on these curriculum elements. The eight-module course is taught by Dr. Katherine Skinner and is freely available to anyone who is interested in learning more about library publishing.

The Library Publishing Curriculum and the Library Publishing Workshop were created as part of the “Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing” project, generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project has already had an impact on the quality and quantity of library publishing services offered to scholars and students and is contributing to a healthier, more equitable publishing ecosystem.

Project Outputs

  • Four Curriculum Modules (Content, Impact, Sustainability, and Policy) that are released openly and designed to promote the use/reuse of their contents by many different professors and trainers, published February-August 2018
  • Pilot virtual workshops, in-person workshops, and graduate school courses to demonstrate and test the efficacy of the curriculum, held May 2018-May 2019
  • An online home for the four curriculum modules that is open to anyone who wishes to use it
  • A sustainability framework for the continued development and upkeep of this curriculum

2020 Updates and Archiving

To meet the last two Project Outputs described above, the LPC initiated an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) position in 2019 and inaugurated an editorial board for the Curriculum, who will oversee potential changes for future versions of the curriculum and its promotion. In addition, LPC partnered with Wayne State University Library System to create an archival version of the Curriculum, as presented here, as well as a permanent hosting space for additional LPC-affiliated curriculum materials. If you are interested in revising or creating additional materials for the Curriculum, you are free to under the CC-BY License, and you can also contact the EIC at s2ceball@gmail.com for additional information.