University Presses and the Twitterverse

Why should university press personnel—and not just those in marketing departments—participate in Twitter, the trendy microblogging service that limits communications (called “tweets”) to 140 characters or fewer? Full article >

   

Hunting “Rogue Sites”

As the digital frontier recedes, readers are finding more ways to access copyrighted book and journal materials than ever before. Improved access to these materials has been celebrated as a new wave of internet-induced enlightenment, as another obstacle removed from intellectual progress. But as any university press is aware, completely free access to quality work, which demands significant investments of time and effort, remains impracticable. Without support, authors would be unable to produce the same caliber of work that they do today, as would editors and publishers. Full article >

   

Report on Frankfurt Anti-Piracy Breakfast

Dealing with digital piracy is about as easy as claiming a free laptop online. It starts simply enough, but quickly devolves into a nest of links and online file uploaders. You may deploy an army of student workers to search for offenders and issue take-down notices, but you never seem to find the individual who has stolen your content. Full article >

   

Lynne Withey, University of California Press Director, Announces Retirement

Lynne Withey, who was named University of California Press Director in 2002, will retire from her position at the end of 2010. Withey has guided University of California Press through some of the most transformative years in its history. Under her leadership, the press entered the largely uncharted era of digital publishing, weathered economic challenges, and expanded its distinguished publishing program to embrace a number of vital new disciplines. Full article >

   

The Many Pillars of Sustainable Scholarship

In late September 2010, ITHAKA hosted a two-day conference entitled “Sustainable Scholarship.” The first day focused on exploring topics relevant to recent projects of the ITHAKA service groups: the research and consulting arm, Ithaka S+R; JSTOR; and Portico. Day two brought all the attendees together for plenary sessions focusing on the discovery of scholarly content. Full article >

   

In and Around the Halls: Frankfurt 2010

From the scattered reports I heard on the floor of Hall 8, the building that houses the stands of British, Canadian, and U.S. book publishers, this was a pretty good year for the buying and selling of rights that is the heart of the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Fair opened on Wednesday, October 6, and closed on Sunday; when I talked to the rights manager at one member press late Saturday afternoon she had been having consecutive 30 minute appointments from 9 to 6 every day, and had 18 more scheduled for the next day—lots of projects to think about and proposals to consider. Full article >

   

Books for Understanding News

Banned Book Week; the “Ground Zero” Mosque; and epidemic of assassinated journalists across the globe. The freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—free speech, freedom of religion—are implicit in many of our most urgent current events. This fall, AAUP created a new bibliographic guide offering a wealth of scholarship to help understand the history and implications of these concepts of freedom. Visit the Books for Understanding: Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment page for the complete list of titles. Several other Books for Understanding bibliographies have undergone recent updates, and now include new 2009 & 2010 titles from member presses. Explore New York City, Voting & Elections, and Terrorism lists to learn more.

   

AIM Commission Launch

The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities met for the first time on September 27-28 in Washington, DC. Executive Director of AAUP Peter Givler is a member of the newly-launched Commission, charged to study the current state of accessible materials for students with disabilities in postsecondary education and make recommendations to Congress to improve access and distribution. Visit the Commission’s website at http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/aim/index.html