Introducing “Getting Started in Library Publishing”: New courses in PKP School

May 7th, 2021 by  | Comments Off on Introducing “Getting Started in Library Publishing”: New courses in PKP School

Adapted from an email announcement from the Library Publishing Coalition, sent May 5, 2021.

PKP is delighted to announce, in collaboration with the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), the launch of a new series of courses in PKP School: Getting Started in Library Publishing. This four-course series is adapted from the LPC’s Library Publishing Curriculum, which originally launched in Google Drive in 2018 as a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings that are open and free under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license for anyone to offer or adapt. The Curriculum now has an official home on the LPC website, and is available in three different formats: the collection of self-paced online courses in PKP School, a textbook, and a permanent archive of the teaching materials hosted by Wayne State University Library. See below for details.

About “Getting Started in Library Publishing”

Developed by a team of editors from the Public Knowledge Project and Simon Fraser University Library, the PKP School Getting Started in Library Publishing series takes learners through the curriculum at their own pace, with text, videos, activities, discussion questions, and quizzes to guide them through the materials.

Each “module” in the original curriculum is its own course in PKP School, as follows:

  1. Attracting, Selecting, and Disseminating Content for your Library Publishing Program
  2. Building and Measuring Impact for your Library Publishing Program
  3. Sustainability of your Library Publishing Program
  4. Policies for Library Publishing

Whether you are a student in a Library or Information Studies program, a library worker interested in starting a publishing program, or a staff member of an established library publishing unit, the Getting Started in Library Publishing course series provides detailed guidance on how academic libraries can succeed in providing publishing services to their campus communities.

Other ways to engage with the Library Publishing Curriculum

In addition to the self-paced PKP School courses, there are now other ways to engage with the Library Publishing Curriculum, including a textbook and a permanent archive of the teaching materials hosted by Wayne State University Library.


Based on the original, modular curriculum (first published on Google Drive in 2018), the new textbook version offers a linear, PDF version of the library publishing curriculum that re-imagines how librarians, students, and LIS faculty might use the curriculum independently or in classroom settings. This textbook takes the original curriculum and adapts it for linear reading, taking users through the four modules–Content, Impact, Sustainability, and Policy–by repurposing the original narrative alongside images from the instructor-led slideshows and incorporating information from the appendices and bibliographies to supplement each module into a single chapter. Seeing the breadth of the curriculum represented in this 326-page book provides a hefty intellectual backdrop to support library publishing as a discipline. The LPC hopes others use and extend this CC-BY version into even more learning opportunities to help create a more equitable publishing ecosystem. The textbook is housed as part of the Curriculum archive on the Wayne State University Library’s repository.

Teaching materials

Interested in teaching the curriculum or adapting it into a different format? The LPC encourages  you to use the original teaching materials, which include a narrative, bibliography, instructor’s guide, and evaluation rubric for each unit, as well as supplementary materials. These materials now have a permanent home, generously hosted by Wayne State University Libraries via its repository.


PKP School logoPKP School is an online, open, self-paced collection of courses, developed and maintained by the Public Knowledge Project, designed to help improve the quality of scholarly publishing around the world. The courses consist of a broad series of modules aimed at educating those who engage publishing workflow, including editors and authors.

LPC logoThe Library Publishing Coalition is an independent, community-led membership association. Its mission is to extend the impact and sustainability of library publishing and open scholarship by providing a professional forum for developing best practices and shared expertise. Visit for a wide variety of freely available resources to support scholarly publishing in libraries.

WSU Library logoThe Wayne State University Libraries advance scholarship, student learning, and faculty innovation through continuous development and serve as a national model for a research university with an urban teaching and service mission. The digital publishing unit in the Wayne State University Library System, a founding member of the Library Publishing Coalition, exists to foster the development, production, and preservation of open-access scholarly communication. Our goal is to pay as much attention to our local needs as our global ones and to operate with a sense of equity and social justice.

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