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<h1>Library Partnership (LP) Certification</h1> In Library Partnership (LP) Certification for journal publishers, a publisher earns credits when their practices align with four specific values of librarianship: ACCESS, RIGHTS, COMMUNITY and DISCOVERABILITY. In the [most recent version of the scorecard/rubric][1] (version 1.0, Nov. 2021), publishers may earn up to 57 credits or points total, including: - Access: Up to 16 credits - Rights: Up to 11 credits - Community: Up to 12 credits - Discoverability: Up to 15 credits - Additional Credits (specified in scorecard/rubric): Up to 3 points Each value category is divided into sub-categories with specific criteria. For example, under the category of RIGHTS, credits are earned under the sub-categories of author rights, open licensing, and educational licensing.<br /> Total scores or credits earned place a publisher in one of four tiers: - Tier 1: 57-40 credits - Tier 2: 39-30 credits - Tier 3: 29-20 credits - Tier 4: 19-0 credits Users are encouraged to consider not only the overall tier placement but also the separate scores a publisher earns in each of the four categories. As an example, a small publisher with strong partnership practices in Access, Rights, and Community might be obscured by a low overall score due to struggles with technologies involved in Discoverability. We tentatively call these publishers **"High ARC, Low D"** publishers. These publishers may be good candidates for greater library support, either through collections budgets or publishing partnerships. Additionally, some libraries may wish to make resource allocation decisions based on particular credits or categories, weighting those criteria more than others. In many ways, the individual category scores are more important to informed decision-making than the overall tier level that a publisher earns. <hr /> <h3>LP Advisory Council</h3> In 2022, the LP Advisory Council (LPAC) was formed to support the project. Members as of July 5, 2022, are:<br /><br /> - Allison Belan, Director for Strategic Innovation and Services, Duke University Press - Rod Cookson, Managing Director, IWA Publishing - Jill Emery, Collection Development & Management Librarian, Professor, Portland State University Library - Karen Stoll Farrell, Head of Scholarly Communication, Indiana University Libraries - Laura Hanscom, Head of Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, MIT Libraries - Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, LYRASIS - Susan Murray, Executive Director, African Journals Online (AJOL) - Peter Suber, Senior Advisor on Open Access, Harvard Library, and Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Berkman Klein Center The LPAC is working to improve the LP Certification rubric. LPAC members have access to [LP Certification working documents][2]. <hr /> <h3>More Information</h3> The authors of LP Certification are Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Tennessee, and Robin N. Sinn, Director of Collections and Open Strategies at Iowa State University. Elizabeth Spica, JD candidate at the University of Tennessee College of Law and former graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee Libraries, also contributed significantly to the LP Certification rubric. <br /><br /> - For a list of related <strong>presentations and publications</strong>, see this [list][3]. - For more information, including **earlier versions** of the scoring system (PAPPI) and additional files, see the [Publisher Scoring System homepage][4]. - To **receive updates** or express interest in participating, [sign up in the Google form][5]. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]:
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