Education & Instruction


The Education and Instruction section of the toolkit aims to document examples of educational activities, workshops, resources, and events that libraries now offer as a service for library users to learn about publishing. Publishing resources are also available regarding copyright and training librarians in this ever-growing area. Libraries may find inspiration in the available content for their own library publishing programming and initiatives. We hope to discover and add more resources in the future about publishing education, especially in regard to public, school, and special libraries.


Academic Publishing & Research Support

Purdue University Libraries Publishing Division
This free resource provides those who wish to publish with ideas and suggestions on the publishing process.

Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers
A free eBook on how, why, and what academic libraries can publish from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Library Services for Creating and Publishing Student Research Journals
Focusing on students, this free article discusses how libraries can encourage and facilitate the creation of a journal in which student research articles are published.

Publishing Opportunities for Faculty–Boston University Library
This guide, created by the Boston University Library, includes information about how to find venues to publish scholarly work by field.

Open Access, Open Education, & More: Predatory Publishing
A section of a LibGuide created by Queensborough Community College (City University of New York) dedicated to educating scholars about predatory publishing practices and scams to avoid.

Publishing & Scholarly Communication Resources–University of Texas Libraries
A LibGuide aimed at scholars describing the publishing process including copyright, discovery, and tracking how often published pieces are cited.

Publishing Workshops–Stanford University Libraries
These descriptions of past workshops hosted by the Stanford University Library on topics like the editorial and production process, how to publish technical papers with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the basics of open access. It includes links to the slides used in running the workshops.

Workshops on Digital Publishing–University of Michigan Library
Past workshops about digital publishing hosted by the University of Michigan Library, which includes links to the slides and handouts used during the presentations.

“Library publishing and diversity values: Changing scholarly publishing through policy and scholarly communication education” by Charlotte Roh
A article about the role of librarians and library publishing in promoting diversity in scholarly publishing.

Public Libraries & Authors

4 Ways to Make NaNoWriMo Awesome–Programming Librarian
This blog post gives an overview of the National Novel November program, which public libraries can tap into to offer events for authors in the month of November.

Romance Writers Workshop–Programming Librarian
A case study of the Lovettsville Library/Loudoun County Public Library’s panel discussion, which brought successful romance authors to the library to discuss the different publishing models and writing techniques for an audience of aspiring authors.

Library Outreach Guide–NaNoWriMo
A description of how libraries and the National Novel November Month organization can partner to create engaging writing programs focused on the drafting, editing, and pitching stages of the writing and publishing process.

Hosting a Writer’s Workshop–ALA
Advice from ALA about hosting a writing workshop as well as suggestions for how librarians can help writers navigate the publishing process.


Copyright for Librarians–Ball State University Libraries
Lists tools, presentations, and resources for educating librarians in various contexts about copyright.

Copyright Tools–ALA
The ALA Copyright Advisory Subcommittee of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy have been developing tools to educate librarians, educators and others about copyright – this page provides links to those currently available.

Training for Librarians

Library-as-Publisher: Capacity Building for the Library Publishing Subfield
This free article from the Journal of Electronic Publishing discusses publishing education and necessary skills for librarians interesting in bringing publishing resources to their libraries.

Research and Advice on the LIS Publishing Process–University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign
A bibliography of books and articles about publishing in the field of Library and Information Science, includes resources on academic publishing more generally.

The Library Publishing Toolkit
This ebook describes the current publishing landscape for public and academic libraries as well as providing case studies that give practical advice on how other institutions incorporate a variety of publishing services. The site also includes links to other resources about library publishing.