The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice.

For the first time in 2020, we are holding the Forum virtually. We are excited to be able to share Forum programming with the library publishing community at a time when travel and large gatherings are impossible, while extending our ongoing thanks to the University of Massachusetts Medical School for their work as the host of our planned in-person conference.

May 4-8 | noon to 5 PM Eastern Time

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Tuesday, May 5 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
This Workshop is a Podcast

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Podcasting has become a common vehicle for journalism and audio drama, for entertainment and education. But can podcasts be a form of scholarly communication? As digital and multimedia publishing offer new and intriguing pathways to public consumption, scholars are exploring alternatives to traditional publication venues that may increase the reach and audience for their research. Generated outside the existing systems of review, evaluation, and publication that structure the lifecycle of traditional formats such as monographs and articles, podcasts also present challenges to scholars and publishers in quality control, dissemination, archiving and academic recognition.

In this workshop, participants will think critically about podcasting as a new form of scholarly communications by creating a podcast of their own! Attendees will participate in a guided discussion and work collaboratively in small groups to write a script. Groups will make and edit a recording using open source software and publish their podcast audio and transcript online.

This program is inspired by the “Podcast in an Hour” workshop run by Columbia University Libraries’ digital publishing program, an endeavor that engages students, through active learning, in a critical exploration of new forms of scholarly communication, as well as introducing new technical skills. A short presentation on the pilot year of this program (a Podcast Essentials speaker series; a collaborativePodcast Club; and the development of a partnership program modeled on our institutional journal publishing partnerships) will close the workshop. Library publishing professionals curious about developing podcasting services for their institutions will leave equipped with information about our experiences building an equipment library, writing policies and documentation, and creating podcast publishing infrastructure. We will highlight concerns for thoughtful program development including access and accessibility, writing and communicating for new audiences, rights and licensing for audio content, and discoverability and impact.

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Michelle Wilson

Digital Publishing Librarian, Columbia University Libraries

Tuesday May 5, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Attendees (30)

Waitlist (19)