Library Publishing Coalition Becomes Newest PKP Strategic Partner

November 29th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Library Publishing Coalition Becomes Newest PKP Strategic Partner

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to welcome the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) as our newest PKP Strategic Partner. The LPC recently invited PKP to participate in their just-launched LPC Strategic Affiliates Program and we are pleased to be included with the seven other affiliates: the Association of American University Presses, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Public Library of America, the Directory of Open Access Journals, NASIG, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

PKP’s collaborative activities with Strategic Partners are wide ranging and include some or all of the following: joint workshops, seminars or conference presentations; shared advocacy initiatives; collaboration on research projects; development contributions to PKP software; provision of language translations; assistance with software documentation, learning material or technical support; participation in UI/UX and PKP software testing; or any appropriate activity that contributes to advancements in the scholarly publishing environment. You can visit PKP’s Strategic Partners web page to view a full list of our partners.

John Willinsky, PKP’s Founder and Director stated: “The Library Publishing Coalition represents the growing number of academic libraries in North America and elsewhere that are providing the publishing services and support needed to expand open access. Libraries and open access publications represent two closely aligned and cooperative communities that PKP seeks to serve, and so it is fitting for us to collaborate with the LPC and their members given our sharing of many common goals.”

Melanie Schlosser, LPC’s Community Facilitator, stated: “The LPC is delighted to join the list of PKP’s Strategic Partners and to formalize the already-strong partnership between our two organizations. PKP’s software has been invaluable to the community of library publishers, and our community continues to benefit from innovations such as PKP’s Private LOCKSS Network. We look forward to continuing to work with PKP on community-focused initiatives, and to future collaborations around education and advocacy.”

Kevin Stranack, PKP’s Associate Director for Community Engagement & Learning noted: “PKP and the LPC have been working together for some time already, including through participation on committees, participation at the annual LPC Forum, and collaborating on the development of library publishing learning materials, and this formal partnership recognizes our strongly shared objectives.”

About LPC
The LPC is an independent, community-led membership association. Its purpose is to support an evolving, distributed range of library publishing practices and to further the interests of libraries involved in publishing activities.

About PKP
The Public Knowledge Project was established in 1998 at the University of British Columbia with the goal of expanding public access to research. Since that time PKP has expanded and evolved into an international virtual operation with two institutional anchors at Stanford University and Simon Fraser University Library. Open Journal Systems (OJS) is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal’s readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale. More information about PKP and its software and services is available at

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