Open Access in Amsterdam: A New Model for New Journals

Organizers of the last session on the last day of the 2010 Annual Meeting, “New Emerging Business Models in Journal Publishing,” joked about the difficulty of rounding up a crowd to talk about journals in such a time slot. However, a good number of dedicated attendees put off their final happy hour and heard presentations on some of the innovative approaches their colleagues are taking in journals publishing. One such innovation is coming out of Amsterdam University Press, where they are extending a commitment to open access to journals. Full article >


The Promise of Digital Galleys: AAUP and NetGalley Offer New Discount Program

Much like e-catalogs, electronic galleys and review copies have been one of the great promises of electronic publishing. Printing and shipping review and exam copies can represent a large cost in a small marketing budget—even more when reaching an international market. But like most e-promises, digital galleys have taken a hard road to fulfillment, caught between the tricky questions of file security and the stubborn reality of reviewers’ habits. Full article >


Toward a Sustainable Future: AAUP 2010 Wrap-Up

The buzz for the 2010 AAUP Annual Meeting began long before the meeting touched down in Salt Lake City, as the diverse and varied program made its way online and the Program Committee’s Facebook page developed an active following. The meeting itself more than lived up to the anticipation, with almost 530 individuals in attendance for a packed agenda of panels, speakers, workshops, and real life social networking. Full article >


2010 Annual Meeting Grant Recipient Reports

The Whiting Diversity Grants, Whiting Newcomer Grants, AAUP/WiSP Professional Development Grants, and Early Career Grants (funded by CrossRef and BookMobile) were awarded to staff at AAUP member presses to facilitate their attendance at the 2010 Annual Meeting. Upon returning to their home presses, the grant recipients prepared reports describing their experiences and what they took away from attending the meeting. Read more about the grants.


AAUP 2010: Why I Sent My Entire Staff

During my first year working in university press publishing (1991), I attended a Midwest Presses meeting hosted by my employer, Indiana University Press. Little did I know that this opportunity would not be repeated as often as I would have liked.  I did not show my face at another AAUP meeting until Western Presses in 1998 in Berkeley, and I have had only infrequent opportunities to network with and learn from my colleagues at other presses since then. Full article >


Richard Brown Assumes AAUP Presidency

On June 19, 2010, Georgetown University Press Director Richard Brown assumed leadership of AAUP. Brown will serve a one-year term, and succeeds Kathleen Keane, director of Johns Hopkins University Press, who remains on the association’s Board of Directors. Full article >


Will Powers Honored with 2010 AAUP Constituency Award

AAUP posthumously awarded the 2010 AAUP Constituency Award to Will Powers, for 11 years the design and production manager at the Minnesota Historical Society Press (MHSP). The award was established in 1991 to honor staff at member presses who have demonstrated active leadership and service to the association and the university press community. Full article >


SPARC-AAUP Webcast: Innovation and the Future of E-Books

On July 27, AAUP and the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Center (SPARC) co-sponsored a webcast entitled “Innovation, the future of e-books, and the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative.” Hosted by SPARC’s Jennifer McLennan, the webcast featured a presentation by Darrin Pratt, director of the University Press of Colorado, which explored the Mellon-funded initiative, how the AADMI had evolved from the original proposal, and what the participants were learning. Full article >


Libel Tourism Victory: SPEECH Act Signed

On August 10, President Obama signed into law H.R. 2765, known as the SPEECH Act. Strongly supported by the publishing community and other First Amendment advocates, the act prohibits federal courts from recognizing or enforcing foreign libel judgments that do not pass First Amendment muster. The legislation also allows American authors and publishers to seek a declaration in court that such a foreign judgment is not enforceable in the U.S., and to do so even if no attempt has been made to enforce the foreign judgment.


2010-2011 Committees and Chairs Announced

The 2010-2011 AAUP committees and their respective chairs have been announced and may be viewed on the AAUP site. New this year are the Eco Publishing and Library Relations Committees. The Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will now be handled by a separate committee, allowing the Design and Production Committee to focus on other issues, including digital workflow. View the charges for the various committees and task forces in the members-only section of the website (password required).


Books for Understanding News

As the confirmation hearings for new Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan were underway, AAUP created Books for Understanding: The U.S. Supreme Court. This online resource offers a guide to scholarly work on the nation’s highest court, including studies of individual cases, influences on the court, and the appointment process.

The massive BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has produced devastating effects of which the impact will be felt in the environment, industry, and by governments for a very long time. As containment and recovery efforts continue, Books for Understanding: Oil provides perspective on the role of this valuable natural resource, in economic, technological, and political development, in international relations, and in global environments.

Earlier this month, federal judge ruled California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional, prompting another round of debate on the issue of same sex marriage. Books for Understanding: Same Sex Marriage


E-Book Consortium Awarded Second Mellon Grant

The university press e-book consortium project, led by NYU Press, Temple University Press, Rutgers University Press, Penn Press, and the University of Nebraska Press, has received a second grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will run from August through January, and will allow the partners to move forward in developing their business model and formally involving other university presses.