MIT Premieres Digital Media & Learning Series

Supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MIT Press has recently published six titles exploring the effects and interrelationships of emerging digital technologies on youth and learning. The books, available as free chapter-by-chapter downloads at MIT's web site and also as cloth and paper editions, offer a substantial new body of scholarship in the field of digital media and learning, and will be followed by a new quarterly journal in winter 2009. Full article >


Publishing’s Carbon Footprint

BISG and the Green Press Initiative Release Environmental Benchmarking Survey In 2007, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) set as one of its research goals the measurement of the U. S. book industry's environmental impact. Partnering with the Green Press Initiative (GPI) and hiring the Borealis Centre for Environmental and Trade Research, BISG pursued this goal through the development, collection, and analysis of an Environmental Benchmarking Survey. On March 10, 2008, the final report was released, indicating the current carbon footprint of book publishing in the United States, as well as tracking efforts by many publishers and vendors to reduce the climate impact of our work. Full article >


Caravan Project Begins Second Year with $25,000 NACS Grant

Now entering its second year, the Caravan Project has refined its methods and goals to help scholarly publishers deliver books in non-standard formats. Developed by Peter Osnos as a way to navigate the emerging digital culture, Caravan has made 62 titles from eleven presses available as downloadable ebooks and audio books, and also created large-print editions through print-on-demand. Recently, Caravan was awarded a $25,000 grant by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), which will allow for increased exposure in university bookstores. Full article >


Mellon Foundation Supports Four More University Press Collaborations

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded grants in support of four proposed collaborative projects in the underserved scholarly fields of Slavic Studies, American Literatures, South Asian Studies, and Ethnomusicology. The grants, which follow on the earlier announcements of funding for University of North Carolina Press and UNC Chapel Hill's "Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement" and University of Minnesota Press and the Institute for Advanced Study at UMN's "Quadrant" program, represent the Mellon Foundation's increasing efforts toward supporting collaborations to facilitate wider dissemination of scholarly research. Full article >


Lobbying for the Humanities: Humanities Advocacy Day 2008

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) held its annual Humanities Advocacy Day program March 3 and 4, offering roundtable discussions and advocacy training on Monday before sending volunteer lobbyists to Capitol Hill. Meeting with congressional staff on Tuesday, the goal was to encourage senators and house representatives to support funding appropriations for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Full article >


AAUP Presses at MLA 2008

The 123rd Modern Language Association Annual Convention, which is the largest gathering of teachers and scholars in the humanities, took place December 27-30, 2007, in Chicago. Most of the 8,888 registered attendees at MLA 2007 visited the Exhibits Hall in the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the AAUP Presses Section was bustling with college-level educators and others eager to review the latest language and literature publications. Thirty-five member presses exhibited independently in spaces ranging from one-half of a booth to three continuous booths. Full article >


O’Reilly TOC Conference Focuses on Practical Digital Resources

The first O'Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference, held in June 2007, generated a huge buzz in the book publishing industry. Focused on the emergence of new publishing models from innovative technologies, the TOC conference brought together the visionaries of tech and of publishing. Manolis Kelaidis's (Royal College of Art) demonstration of his synthesis of analog and digital—a paper book printed with conductive ink and bound with circuitry to allow for hyperlinked text—was certainly the high-water mark of excitement and energy. Full article >


AAUP Welcomes Its First Introductory Members

Athabasca University Press and Abilene Christian University Press are the first presses to join AAUP under the Introductory Member category. Athabasca is an open access scholarly press focusing on Canada, the North American West, and the Circumpolar North. Abilene publishes scholarship on Christian themes and history, with a particular focus on the Churches of Christ perspective. Full article >


Harvard Faculty Adopts Open Access Policy For Articles

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard has adopted a policy under which each FAS member grants Harvard "permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles." Harvard would exercise this grant of permission by depositing the articles in an open access repository, and would license use of articles in the repository to other entities, including commercial ones, for use in, for example, coursepacks. Articles in the repository could be sold, by Harvard or its licensees, provided that they were not sold "for a profit." Harvard would also apparently have the right to prepare or license the preparation of derivative works. Full article >


Senate Hearings Held on Founding Fathers Papers

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings February 7 on the progress made on various Founding Fathers documentary edition projects. The late-2007 omnibus appropriations act had directed that the US Archivist address concerns about the speed of completion of the documentary editing projects that receive federal funding, as well as digital access to the papers. Full article >


Annual Meeting Web Site Updated

Information on registration, programming, grants, and pre-meeting workshops are now available at the Annual Meeting website. Full article >


Titles on Kosovo and the Former Yugoslavia Added to Books for Understanding

In light of Kosovo's recent declaration of independence and the ongoing controversies surrounding its separation from Serbia, Books for Understanding has added a list of titles from member presses covering the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Full article >


AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Judging

Judging of the 2008 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show was held on January 17-18 at the AAUP Office in New York City. Jurors selected a total of 44 books, 2 journals, and 31 jackets and covers. Full article >