University Presses in Tough Times

In these economically troubled times, people are hungry for information and knowledge. The news media is essential for the first of those—details on the latest wrangling over the U.S. economic stimulus plan, the latest employment numbers, and a global view of the world-wide effects of the economic crisis. University presses, however, are key to the second: knowledge. Full article >

   

Minnesota Archive Editions Brings the Past Back Into Print

The Minnesota Archive Editions program will bring back into print virtually every book published in the University of Minnesota Press's history. This ambitious project had a three-fold source of inspiration, says press director Doug Armato. Full article >

   

Task Force on Committees Survey

At the direction of the AAUP Board and President, a Task Force on Committees was formed in June of 2008. Under the chairmanship of Richard Brown (Director, Georgetown University Press), the task force is charged with recommending improvements to the AAUP committee structure. Full article >

   

Rotunda Showcases History by Looking to the Future

Thomas Jefferson designed the iconic Rotunda building as the academic center of his newly founded University of Virginia, "demonstrating [his] belief that a university should have as its focus a collection of academic achievements."1 Appropriately, the electronic imprint of the University of Virginia Press takes its name from the campus landmark and fills that same role for the university in today's digital age. Rotunda has been a stable flagship in the ever-changing realm of electronic publishing since its inception in 2001. Full article >

   

AAUP Presses at MLA 2008

The Modern Language Association's 124th Annual Convention was held December 27-30 in San Francisco, CA. The Convention is billed as the largest gathering of teachers and scholars in the humanities and attracted 8,544 registrants this year. Full article >

   

The Carol Franz Memorial Fund

Undoubtedly not many of the people working today in the university press community knew and can remember Carol Franz. Probably few even recognize her name. Yet for two decades Carol was the beating heart of the AAUP's Central Office. Full article >

   

In Remembrance of L.E. “Les” Phillabaum

Les Phillabaum, director emeritus of Louisiana State University Press, died on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. A legendary press director, champion of distinguished authors and poets, and former president of AAUP, he will be greatly missed by the university press community. Full article >

   

Update: Children’s Book Publishing and the CPSIA

Children's book publishers and their representatives have been urgently advocating for an exemption from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the requirements of which were to go into effect February 10, 2009. On Friday January 30, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements which had been part of CPSIA. Full article >

   

2009 Book, Jacket, & Journal Show Judging

Judging for the 2009 AAUP Book, Jacket, & Journal Show took place on January 22-23 at the AAUP Central Office in New York. Throughout its history, the AAUP Book, Jacket, & Journal Show has honored the design and production teams who further a long tradition of excellence in book design, and—through the traveling exhibition and catalog—has visually taught the tenets of good design. Full article >

   

Two New Mellon Grants Awarded to University Press Groups

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recently announced two new grants for university press collaborations in its series promoting monograph publication in underserved or emerging areas of the humanities. Full article >

   

Obama on Presidential Records and FOIA

On his first full day in office, January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama restored the protections of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. Revoking George W. Bush's Executive Order 13233, Obama's new order also restores limits on who may claim executive privilege to block the release of executive office records to incumbent and living former presidents. EO 13233 had groundlessly expanded "executive privilege" to include Vice Presidents, and designated representatives of both living and deceased former presidents and vice presidents. Full article >