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Pre-Meeting Events

Paths to Open Access
EDP Roundtable
Directors Luncheon
Directors Meeting
Journals Assembly
Marketing Workshop: Big Data

KairosCamp Editors Workshop

This workship is full. 

Registration details: Open to all attendees who plan to attend the AUPresses meeting. Registration is limited to 15 total participants (no more than 2 attendees per press). Registration is complimentary and includes lodging on June 15 and June 16. Registrants must attend both days and should not register for additional pre-meeting workshops/events. 

The two-day KairosCamp Editors workshop will be held June 16-17, 2018, at the Fairmont San Francisco prior to the AUPresses meeting. This free workshop, staffed by experts in scholarly multimedia publishing, is developed for book or journal editors and publishers who are interested in beginning or honing their experience with multimedia content. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of editorial, design, and production of multimedia content within a scholarly publishing context, including a brief history of scholarly multimedia publishing over the last 25 years. Specific discussions on acquisitions and developmental feedback, peer review, copy- and design-editing, and publication and preservation processes will be covered over the two days. Participants will leave with a set of digital media best practices that they can share with colleagues at their home institutions.

KairosCamp-AUPresses is limited to 15 participants and is free for AUPresses attendees (both members and non-members). Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis (with no more than two people per press). In addition to the free workshop, participants will receive free lodging for the nights of June 15 and June 16 in the conference hotel as well as breakfast and lunch during the two-day workshop. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to San Francisco, AUPresses registration, and any additional lodging they may need for the AUPresses conference itself. Attendees must attend both days of the workshop. (If space allows, participation may be opened to non-AUPresses attendees from the local area, after May 13.)

KairosCamp is generously funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. For more information on KairosCamp Authors and Editors workshops, please visit

KairosCamp Agenda

Day 1: June 16, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

What is digital media publishing?
Histories, examples, pros/cons – a close look at the scholarly, social, and technical infrastructures of digital publishing.

Developmental Editing
Peer- review options and editorial development for digital media scholarship.

Day 2:  June 17, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Design Editing
How does one "edit" digital media scholarship? How do editorial workflows change with digital media?

Access and Preservation
The relationship between technical infrastructures, (open) access, preservation, and rights.


Paths to Open Access for Scholarly Publishers

Sunday, June 17, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Organizers: Dan Morgan, Publisher, University of California Press; Mary Francis, Editorial Director, University of Michigan Press

Registration details: Open to all.  Pre-registration required. Registration will open March 2018.
Registration Fees (includes materials, coffee, light snacks): $225 (Members and Partners); $250 (Librarians); $260 (Non-Members, Non-Profit); $275 (Non-Members)

This workshop is intended as a knowledge-sharing exercise. Rather than debate whether OA ought to be a part of the scholarly communication ecosystem, we hope to discuss the many different paths that presses of any size can take toward OA outcomes. In focusing on learning from each other, we invite colleagues who play different roles (editorial, production, finance, administration, etc.) from presses of different sizes (small and medium sized presses are particularly welcome), and a range of parent institutions (public universities, private colleges, museums, etc.) to join us in this discussion.

AUPresses EDP Roundtable

Sunday, June 17, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Organizers: Michele Quinn, Art Director and Designer, University of Alabama Press (Design); Jillian Downey, University of Michigan Press (Production); Kate Warne, University of California Press (Editorial)

Registration details: Registration is limited to publishing staff and freelancers. Pre-registration required.
Registration Fees (includes materials, coffee, light snacks, and lunch): $290 (Members and Partners); $315 (Librarians); $330 (Non-Members, Non-Profit); $360 (Non-Members)

The 2017 Design and Production Managers' roundtable pre-meeting workshop was a resounding success and the feedback from participants overwhelmingly indicated the desire for this opportunity for open discussion to continue at subsequent annual meetings. It is with great enthusiasm that the Editorial, Design, and Production Committee plans to reprise the roundtable pre-meeting workshop ahead of the 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco.

This year the group will be expanded to include editorial colleagues (to reflect the fact that we are now the Editorial, Design, and Production Committee).


9:00 – 10:30 AM Discussion

Comprehensive Word Styles for InDesign

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Discussion
PDF-only workflows
Best Practices in Selecting and managing freelancers
Issues with Tighter Production Schedules
Streamlining workflows new-in-paper, reprints, and restocks

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 3:30 PM Small Group Discussions
Editorial (suggested topics: best practices in proofing)
Design (suggested topics: fonts; typography; cover design)
Production (suggested topics: questions for vendors; downsizing)

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM Feedback from small group discussions and Wrap-up


Directors Luncheon

Sunday, June 17, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM 

Registration details: Registration is limited to directors of AUPresses members. There is no charge, but advance registration will be required. Time subject to slight change.

Get to know your fellow directors at this informal networking luncheon.


Directors Meeting

Communicating the Value Proposition: Metrics, Stories, and What Parent Institutions Need to Hear

Sunday, June 17, 1:00 - 3:00 PM (time subject to slight change)

Facilitators: Nicole Mitchell, Director, University of Washington Press; Richard Brown, Director, University of South Carolina Press

Registration details: Registration is limited to directors of AUPresses members. There is no charge, but advance registration will be required. Time subject to slight change.

Communicating the value proposition is one of the most difficult, and yet most important, requirements of leading a scholarly press. The value proposition is fundamental to strategy and involves several criteria, such as defining the press and its products and services; identifying specific markets and customers; explaining the strengths of the press and how those will help solve customers’ problems; and demonstrating how the press is uniquely positioned to do what it does. In addition, the value proposition needs evidence: concrete examples, illustrated through numbers and narratives, of why the press and its long-term sustainability are so necessary and so vital to the parent institution.

This directors’ meeting will focus on how participants can effectively communicate their press’s value proposition to their administrations. Drawing on small and large group discussions, the interactive session will encourage directors to better understand and articulate why their press is worthy of support at the institutional and, where appropriate, state level. Exercises will ask directors to consider their particular circumstances, and step into the shoes of leaders at their own institutions. Discussions will also include analysis and assessment of critical benchmarks and metrics and stories—narrative arcs—that can be developed and used by directors with their administrations. In addition, participants will share experiences of how they have articulated the value proposition, highlighting methods and approaches that resulted in increased levels of trust and awareness and appreciation between the press and its institution.


  • Participants will gain ideas and tools to help them articulate their value proposition to their administrators
  • Participants will learn about and adapt benchmarking and other metrics
  • Participants will learn about impact stories and narratives, and begin developing their own
  • Participants will learn about the scholarly publishing ecosystem and how university presses in the aggregate contribute to societal common good
  • Participants will work toward the creation of an institutional relationship building and management tool kit.


Journals Assembly

Business Workshop: Evaluating New and Existing Revenue Streams

Sunday, June 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Organizer: Ann Snoeyenbos, Manager, International Sales, Project MUSE / Johns Hopkins University Press

Registration details: Registration is limited to representatives from AUPresses members. Each member press may send 2 representatives. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required.

Join this panel of experts (aggregators, journals director, fee-for-service publisher) to learn how to evaluate journal projects for financial viability. In the first part of the session the experts will describe their experience developing new models for non-profit publishing. Each expert will then lead a mini-workshop on an aspect of business development. Every attendee will be able to participate in all four mini-workshops.

In addition, the Assembly will offer attendees to get to know each other through a speed networking session.

Panelists: Leslie Eager, Director of Publishing Services, Project EUCLID; Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries; Lauren Kane, Chief Operating Officer, BioOne; Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access, MIT Press


AUPresses Marketing Workshop: Big Data

Sunday, June 17, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Chairs: Mark Heineke, Marketing Manager, University of Nebraska Press and Erin Rolfs, Assistant Director and Marketing Manager, LSU Press

Registration details: Open to all.  Pre-registration required. Registration Fees (includes materials, coffee, light snacks): $225 (Members and Partners); $250 (Librarians); $260 (Non-Members, Non-Profit); $275 (Non-Members)

In his book on the subject published by MIT, information scientist Jeffrey Pomerantz argues that in our era of ubiquitous computing, metadata has become infrastructural, like the electrical grid or our highway system. As publishers we interact with it or generate it every day. It is not just data about data. It is a means by which the complexity and essential qualities of our books are represented in a simpler and, ideally, more seductive form. But when metadata does its job well, it fades into the background. Perhaps for that reason metadata is too often taken for granted. With this marketing workshop we seek to remedy that, exploring best practices in metadata curation and dissemination and probing the end results from the vantage of our stakeholders in the trade: booksellers, wholesalers, research librarians, and yes,

Panelists: Joshua Tallent, Director of Outreach and Education, Firebrand Technologies (Best Practices); Erica Leeman, Metadata Associate, MIT Press (Amazon Keywords); Peter McCarthy, Director, Digital Products, Ingram Content Group; Carly Strasser, Director of Strategic Development for the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and the author of Data Management for Libraries (Research Librarians); Sheryl Cotleur, Frontlist Buyer, Copperfield's Books (Independent Bookseller)