Perpetual Motion: The Job of an Electronic Publishing Manager

As university presses are increasingly integrating digital publishing into their programs, new staff needs have arisen. Some presses, like the University of Wisconsin Press, have addressed this by creating the position of Electronic Publishing Manager. As this is such a new role, and an ever-evolving one, AAUP thought it would be valuable for me to share my own experience as one example of what the role might entail. Full article >


Publishing Poetry at University Presses

2010 has been a banner year for poetry published by university presses. Rae Armantrout’s Versed, published by Wesleyan University Press, was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Published by the University of California Press, Keith Waldrop’s Transcendental Studies was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry, for which Armantrout’s book and Open Interval by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon (Pittsburgh University Press) were also nominated, making university press poetry three-fifths of the field. Full article >


TEI: Scholarly Publishers Collaborate on XML

Any university press considering an XML-based workflow for monographs (whether from start to finish or as an archival format) has likely discovered that the first question may also be the knottiest: what kind of XML? Or to put it in more technically accurate terms, which XML language? The answer is far from obvious. Full article >


Computers and Composition Digital Press: A Born-Digital Partnership

Computers and Composition Digital Press (CCDP) began in 2007 when digital writing scholars Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe saw shrinking opportunities for scholars in the field to publish their work, and limitations that were becoming an increasing hindrance to the scholarship that was published. What was needed was a press that would publish “pieces that couldn’t be represented in the two-dimensional spaces of print,” said Selfe, Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Ohio State University. Full article >


Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come

In March 2010 a distinguished group of people involved in digital humanities gathered in Charlottesville to review the state of the field and to look ahead to future prospects. The conference, entitled “Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come,” was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has given generous support to many of the major online humanities projects of the last two decades. Full article >


Humanities Funding News

In FY 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded 32% of peer-reviewed project proposals through its grants programs. In that same year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) was able to fund less than 17% of peer-reviewed proposals with its program funds. Approximately $60 million over FY 2010 levels of funding is needed to make up that gap in funding for humanities research and teaching. Full article >


AAUP Web Seminar: XML Workflow Case Study

In April 2010, AAUP hosted its first Web seminar, “XML Workflow Case Study: The University of Michigan Press.” The seminar was organized by members of the AAUP Professional Development Committee and moderated by Kristin Harpster Lawrence (Wayne State). Presenter Karen Hill took attendees through Michigan’s implementation of an XML workflow, from the decision to undertake the shift to its effect on different press departments. There were approximately 70 registered seats for the workshop, with many registrations including groups of participants. View the presentation slides here:


Books for Understanding News

In the wake of two tragic mine disasters in West Virginia and China during the month of April, AAUP has created Books for Understanding: Mining. This online resource offers a guide to scholarly resources on miners and mining, with more than 100 relevant titles from 25 AAUP member presses. A number of Books for Understanding bibliography topics have been in the news of late. Full article >


Google Books Settlement Updates

Since the February 18 fairness hearing on the Google Books settlement, Judge Chin has been confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. It is unclear at this time how his promotion will affect the settlement. He may decide the case before moving up, take the case with him, or pass it on to a new judge. Full article >


Cornell Announces New Mellon-funded Collaboration

Cornell University Press, partnering with Cornell University Library and Cornell faculty in the departments of German Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Music, and Philosophy, have been awarded a new grant from the Mellon Foundation to support Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought. The new English-language book series will cover the literature, culture, criticism, and intellectual history of the German-speaking world. Works in the series will be published in electronic format and in short print runs backed up by trade-quality bound books produced on a print-on-demand basis.


Ithaka Report: Faculty Survey 2009

Ithaka released “Faculty Survey 2009,” the “fourth in a series of surveys conducted over the past decade examined faculty attitudes and behaviors on key issues.” The findings are detailed in a three-part report, covering “Discovery and the Evolving Role of the Library,” “The Formation Transition for Scholarly Works,” and “Scholarly Communications.”