Bending Boundaries: Libraries as Publishers

April 16, 2014, 9-3, DCU Center, Worcester

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Stand in the eye of the storm! This full-day conference will bravely risk the turbulence of the publishing world to identify library responses and/or the challenges it represents.

The products of this conference will be published as a Bending Boundaries anthology in the state-wide eBook collection.  See below for additional details on how your library can contribute to this publication.

This conference will provide opportunities to learn, participate, and network.

Registration is open to all staff members of the Massachusetts Library System membership. Participation is free of charge but because space is limited, you must register in advance. Parking validation and lunch will be provided.


 9:00    Registration Opens;  light breakfast available

9:30    Mass. Library System Welcome, Greg Pronevitz, Executive Director

 9:45    Opening keynote

Digital Disruptions: The Intersection of Libraries and Publishers in the Digital Information Age  

John Rodzvilla, Senior Electronic Publisher-in-Residence, Emerson College

 The digital disruptions of the 21st century have drastically altered both publishing and libraries. In both cases it has given the reader greater control and more access to information, but at a cost. From sites that game Search Engine results to appear high in rankings while offering little or no real information, to authors who pitch fiction as memoir, there is a need for professional guides who can navigate our over-abundant world of information. The difference between publisher and librarian is shrinking. While the two industries may be at odds on certain things (rules for loaning digital material, for example), there is a growing understanding that they must work together and learn from each other to survive in the digital information age. The opening keynote will give an overview of where the two industries are and what we can learn from each other.

11:00  Ignite Sessions

Presentations will focus on an aspect of libraries and publishing. Ten presenters will share their exciting projects and perspectives in just 5 minutes each.  A networking opportunity follows at 12:00. 

 Making History Come Alive – Creative Ways to showcase your Archives Collections

 Cara Marcus, Ingersoll Bowditch Medical Library Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital

 Poetry Anthologies and ISSUU

                         Alida Hanson, Weston High School 

 Public libraries as publishers of local content

                         Uma Hiremath, Ames Free Library

 Cocoanut Grove Coalition

Mary Elizabeth Woodruff, National Fire Protection Association, Charles S.    Morgan Technical Library         

 Libraries as/and Publishers: Gatekeeping Under the Big Tent

                       Sharon Shaloo, Massachusetts Center for the Book         

 Improving Yield: Harvesting Institutional Repository Content        

                         Ellen Dubinsky, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State University

 From Physical to Digital: extending the life of physical exhibits via digitization – two examples of digital projects at an academic library

                         Jackie Mushinsky, Gordon Library, WPI    


                         Robin Brenner, Brookline Public Library  

 World of Their Own:  Self-Publishing, Kindle Worlds, and Fan Fiction in the Library     

                Jill Clements, Watertown Free Public Library

Open Education Resources for Educators and Learners

Charlotte Roh, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

12:00 Concurrent Sessions

 Session A:

 Jump Start Your Writing with Grub Street Instructor Jennifer Mattson

 In this session, we’ll use prompts and exercises to get the pen moving and the ideas flowing. By the end of class, you’ll feel better and come away with some handy tips. Jennifer Mattson leads writing workshops at Grub Street, the Brooklyn Brainery and around the country. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic,, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women’s Review of Books, Ms. Magazine, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Participants can choose to add their writing to the Mass. Library Systems Bending Boundaries Anthology.

 Session B: Ignite Networking

If someone piqued your interest with an ignite session, this is your opportunity to network with the speaker and others with shared interests.  Look for a table sign identifying your topic.

 Session C:

 Libraries as Publishers: Who, What, Why?

Mark Caprio, Providence College and Cheryl Napsha, Provincetown Public Library

Behind every successful library publishing initiative lies some burning questions: How did it come to be? What are the goals? How do you select and vet content?   How do you build and sustain community engagement in (and through) the project?  Who does all the work?  Join this session for a behind-the-scenes look at two successful library publishers:  the Provincetown Public Library, whose recently launched Provincetown Public Press provides a digital imprint for works from the local arts community; and Providence College Library, whose Digital Publishing Services (DPS) provides a platform for faculty and student scholarship, as well as special and archival collections.

1:00 Lunch and hands-on activities

Don’t miss our hallway activities.  Schedules may vary.


Try your hand at this traditional game with a non-traditional twist

  Libraries as Curators Using BiblioBoard Creator

Library projects will be featured using BiblioBoard Creator.  The MA eBook Project Module will be highlighted, which includes Bending Boundaries: the MLS Spring Conference Collection, featuring presentations and displays from the day.

 2:00 Closing Keynote

The Scary, Exciting, Horrible, Wonderful Future of Publishing!

Bent Hartinger, author, self-publisher, screen writer and new media expert

 The only constant is change — especially these days, in publishing. Some of these changes are exciting: amazing new innovations and an exposure to many more, and much more diverse, voices. But some of the changes are frustrating, even frightening: when everyone has a voice, you sometimes have to listen to some pretty disagreeable people. And without gatekeepers, how in the world do we decide what’s truly worthy of our time? Join author Brent Hartinger as he tries to make sense of what’s being gained in our new media landscape — and what’s being lost. (Spoiler alert: the pros really do outweigh the cons!)

 BRENT HARTINGER has been both traditionally published (eight times, all with major publishers) and independently published (three times, in a company he created himself). Brent is also a screenwriter, new media expert, and website entrepreneur who co-founded a network of websites that was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006 in a multi-million-dollar deal. Visit him at

  3:00    Adjournment

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