A recent Chronicle piece on university libraries and what it describes as their pivot away from books has me thinking (with help from some friends on twitter) about the increase in library-reporting university presses. It’s a sensitive topic that doesn’t always, I think, receive a lot of attention or get treated with sufficient nuance. University… Continue reading Libraries and publishers
The Chronicle Review asked members of the university press community to respond to a set of questions about the state of the field; it’s a good piece and I encourage you to read it. I was flattered to have some of my responses quoted in the article and have, with permission, posted my full answers below. 1. What… Continue reading The state of university press publishing (questions from the Chronicle Review)
In articles this month about a Mellon-funded report on humanities publishing and the threatened closure of Duquesne University Press, Inside Higher Ed made factually incorrect statements about the state of university press publishing. “Many presses have closed or scaled back their operations in recent years,” they wrote on February 20, even though only five of 140… Continue reading Why does Inside Higher Ed think it’s okay to misrepresent the state of university press publishing?
There are, I think, two different ways to talk about innovation in scholarly publishing, and university press publishing especially. The first stresses what innovation can do. It’s gee whiz and emphasizes how scholarship can ping around in new ways, or become less linear, more interactive, and more collaborative. A lot of this comes from our… Continue reading Ways to talk about innovation, and ways not to
I’m always surprised when smart people advocate a passive approach to the acquisition of scholarly books. I detect a whiff of this in the American Library Association’s recent collection Getting the Word Out, with its borderline nostalgia for an era when university presses published only their own faculty, presumably without regard for conventional list building.… Continue reading We are what we acquire
A little over a year ago I decided to buy one university press book every month for twelve months. You can see my picks on twitter using the hashtag #12UPbooks. Now that the stunt is over I thought I’d share some impressions. The best part: bookstores Over the past twelve months I looked for university… Continue reading Notes on #12UPbooks
At its annual meeting in June, the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) created a new membership category for scholarly publishers like libraries and digital humanities centers that may not engage in conventional peer review or employ professional publishing staff. The move comes as university presses assess new challenges and opportunities posed by the push… Continue reading The resilient university press