Welcome to the PKP School course on Policies for Library Publishing. This course covers how library publishers develop policies that guide specific areas of their work. In this initial release, it is focused on policies related to copyright, diversity, and digital preservation, and guidance on creating legal agreements. We recognize that there are many more policies that may be used by library publishers, and hope to expand this module in future.

This course is made up of four modules: 1) Copyright, 2) Legal Agreements, 3) Diversity and Inclusion, and 4) Digital Preservation. Each module is broken down into several units, and within each unit you will find various ways of interacting with the content, including unit readings, videos, discussion questions, and activities. You will have an opportunity to test your understanding of the module content with a quiz at the end of the module.

This course, as well as others in the Getting Started in Library Publishing series, was adapted from the Library Publishing Curriculum developed by the Educopia Institute and the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), in partnership with the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), NASIG, and BlueSky to BluePrint. The content was adapted under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license. The curriculum is a suite of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings for librarians. This dynamic, extensible, multimedia curriculum is intended to empower librarians to meet local demands to launch and/or enhance scholarly publishing activities. The initial curriculum was released in 2018 and included four modules that address major competencies in library publishing: Content, Impact, Policy, and Sustainability. Each module has been authored by field experts, and each is roughly the equivalent of a 12 hour “course.” This PKP School adaptation of the Curriculum was published in 2021.

Except where otherwise indicated, content in the Getting Started in Library Publishing series (as well as original content adapted from the Library Publishing Curriculum) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license. You are free to share, adopt, or adapt the materials. We encourage broad adoption of these materials for teaching and other professional development purposes, and invite you to customize them for your own needs.

We hope you enjoy the course!