Panel 2: Publishing and Preserving OA Content

About This Session

As the library, publishing, and research communities continue to experiment with and implement new models for publishing OA content, it is important that we explore and understand how libraries can work collectively to have a broad impact on scholarly communication, as well as the challenges and opportunities that these developments present for long-term preservation of these publications. 


This session will provide an opportunity for community members to hear an overview of opportunities, challenges, and trends in library publishing and digital preservation, and then engage in an interactive, moderated discussion that will provide the participants with a chance to voice their views, concerns, and suggestions on the following topics:


  1. How the changing needs of scholars create new opportunities and challenges for publishing services
  2. How libraries can collaborate nationally in (a) creating a “matchmaking” service for library publishers (connecting libraries around common interests, content types, disciplinary specialties, and/or services) and (b) the development of standards, practices, and procedures for integrating open access and/or library published materials into library catalogs
  3. How should we, as a community, determine what OA content is most valuable to libraries, and should therefore be prioritized for preservation?
  4. What are the issues for OA publishers in supporting their share of the costs for preservation?
  5. What are effective ways for preservation services to identify and reach out to the smaller and newer OA publishers?


This session will be aimed at libraries, publishers, and those concerned with preservation. The goal of the session is to reach a shared understanding of the key issues involved with the publishing and preservation of OA content and to provide feedback for the Library Publishing Coalition and the preservation community to use in their future strategic and business planning.

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Kate Wittenberg

As Managing Director of Portico, Kate Wittenberg is responsible for leadership and management of ITHAKA’s digital preservation service. Prior to this position, Kate served as Project Director, Client and Partnership Development in ITHAKA’s Strategy and Research group, where she focused on helping clients develop organizational and business models for their digital projects.

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Sarah Lippincott

Sarah Lippincott is Program Manager for the Library Publishing Coalition project, a two-year initiative to create a new organization to support library publishing and scholarly communications activities in conjunction with 60 academic libraries.

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Kevin Hawkins

Kevin S. Hawkins is a librarian and the first director of library publishing at the University of North Texas Libraries. Until recently he was director of publishing operations for Michigan Publishing, the primary academic publishing enterprise of the University of Michigan, which includes the University of Michigan Press and other brands and services.

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