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Pacific Northwest Library Association Virtual Poster Session

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Libraries -- Publishing, Social justice, COVID-19 (Disease)


Library-supported open access journal publishing has been flourishing amidst the pandemic, but we recognize that our work is rapidly evolving and will never be “business as usual” as we extend our services to meet new needs and challenges. PSU Library has always been empathetic and service-oriented, but now we find ourselves going the extra mile for editors and authors whose lives have been disrupted ‒ doing whatever it takes to maintain sustainable publishing and highlight social justice. Our focus is directly aimed at helping the underdogs and fostering change, reasserting our relationship with readers by working with authors and editors directly. Portland State University offers an online publishing platform and support for five journals and has uploaded content for two conferences during the pandemic. Readership is at an all-time high across the board. Three out of five journals released issues in May 2020, including our undergraduate journal that had been on hiatus since 2017. The other two hosted journals are publishing in summer and fall, along with a special issue from Northwest Journal of Teacher Education set for fall 2020, solely devoted to manuscripts that take a critical, social justice stance on teacher education at this time of the COVID-19 crisis. This presentation provides readership data for all PSU-published journals, highlights events/articles, and offers strategies that the Library and editors can use to serve as scaffolding and net for authors and each other in a time of unprecedented adversity.

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