One overarching theme of this particular conference was the relationship between library-publishers and University Presses. Are we friends? Foes? Different entities? We heard a lot of voices from both sides of the aisle. John Unsworth started us out with a perspective that we are in the same boat.
Some felt that Presses were major actors in the library publishing scene. Others thought presses and libraries should merge. It was an interesting conversation, to say the least.
One thing we all agreed on was that librarians need to be trained in publishing processes. Many of us seem to learn on the fly, or have to go outside our discipline to learn. There was much talk about a course for library publishing -- and then the revelation that the Public Knowledge Project is developing a crowdsourced Library Publishing Course.
We had a few talks about the practicality of publishing. John Sherer's talk on UNC's experiments with publishing hit home with many folks, and his straightforward style of speaking meant he said a lot of the things we all were thinking.
Another interesting idea that came up was the idea that librarians can help young scholars at their institution develop their scholarly identity by making ORCIDs and other profiles FOR them. It's something that they can take with them when they leave. I thought this was an excellent perspective; we can help new scholars navigate really troubled waters.
At this conference, I got the chance to meet some of the folks from the Public Knowledge Project, with whom I had only spoken with by e-mail or conference call. Getting to hear Brian Owen talk about the future of publishing platforms was very informative for me.