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Walking the Talk: Modeling Practice through Open Monograph Publishing, A LibParlor Webinar
If writing a book seems like a daunting task, writing an open access book might seem even more so, since many of the details of editing and production that are usually handled by publishing houses might now fall to authors. Textbooks remain a popular format for instruction, even as purchase costs continue to increase. Students, librarians, and others in higher education have increasingly critiqued the rising costs of textbooks as a contributing factor to student debt, and new library publishing services frequently emphasize open monograph and textbook publishing. As part of a field that advocates for open access, LIS faculty should consider publishing their own works on open platforms as a way to improve access, to learn the systems more deeply, and to model practice for their students. A deeper understanding of the OER publication and production process will also allow faculty to address these topics more thoroughly in relevant courses.

In this session, our panelists will walk participants through the process of developing and producing an open access book, from the initial proposal through production and publication. The panel will include published authors of both traditional and open-platform texts and single-authored and collaborative books, as well as individuals with expertise in open publishing and library-based publishing services, and background in accessibility and universal design as it can be applied to publishing. Presenters will discuss reasons for considering open access and will address some of the main concerns of creating an open access book, including finding a publisher and choosing a publishing platform, reconceptualizing editorial responsibilities, dealing with production elements like layout, addressing universal design and accessibility issues, and marketing the finished publication.

Our panel will include Melissa Wong, Laura Saunders, Dan Tracy, and Rebecca Graham. This webinar is sponsored by LibParlor (https://libparlor.com/).

Apr 22, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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