International Exchange: Guadalajara 2007

A delegation of AAUP representatives attended the 2007 Guadalajara International Book Fair for the fourth year in a row. The fair, known as FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro), is the largest book industry event in Latin America. FIL brings more than 17,000 book professionals from 40 countries, and more than half a million visitors, to the Expo Guadalajara each November.

AAUP again had a booth presence, shared with three member presses (the University of California Press, University of Chicago Press, and Temple University Press), where we distributed directories and other informational materials about AAUP's publishers. AAUP attends at the invitation of the University of Guadalajara Press (Editorial Universitaria) and Red Nacional Altexto, the new association of Mexican university presses formed at the 2006 FIL.

Red Altexto's first year has been very productive. The group has organized a number of hands-on publishing workshops on such issues as marketing and rights, and, with the Editorial Universitaria, overseen the publication of Gerardo Kloss Fernández del Castillo's Entre el oficio y el beneficio: el papel del editor, a master's guide to the business of being an editor and publisher.

FIL 2008 will also be host to the third International Forum of University Presses, a conference held every two years. AAUP representatives have spoken at both previous forums, and are expected to be invited speakers in 2008. Continued exchange with the university press associations of Latin America and Spain broadens AAUP's international role, as individual press contacts heighten the global profile of university publishing. We hope to see some of our Latin American colleagues at the June 2008 AAUP Annual Meeting in Montréal.

Brenna McLaughlin
Electronic & Strategic Initiatives Director, AAUP