Stepping into the “Berkery Administration”: A Note from our Incoming Director

When the Central Office proposed that I write a short piece for the Winter edition of the Exchange, my reaction of course was enthusiastic. After all, I'm eager to hit the ground running, and the timing of this issue should coincide well with my March 1 start date. Then the reality of the task set in: how exactly does one virtually introduce oneself in a setting such as this? Talk about my background? Highlight my aspirations for the association and for my role in leading it? My hobbies? Astrological sign? Full article >


University Presses Sweep 2012 PROSE Awards

The following speech was delivered by Princeton University Press Director Peter Dougherty at the annual PROSE Awards luncheon on February 7, 2013, where Princeton's Through the Eye of a Needle, by Peter Brown, won the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award. University presses swept the top PROSE honors this year, with 35 of the 49 prizes—including the top six honors—all going to AAUP presses. Find the full list of honorees here. Full article >


MLA Commons Launches at 2013 Convention

The annual Mecca known as the MLA Convention was marked this year by the launch of MLA's own comprehensive digital platform, MLA Commons. The platform has the potential to decentralize, or rather recentralize, the heart of the annual meeting: its basic structure provides a virtual space for constituents to congregate, converse, and soliloquize, with sections devoted to user-created groups, blogs, and wiki. Full article >


Library Relations: Talking UP Publishing at Charleston 2012

This year's Charleston Conference, "an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all," featured a panel on "The Twenty-First Century University Press: Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future." Below is an excerpt from the introduction by Leila Salisbury (Mississippi); the complete text of her talk, along with "What Was a University Press?" from co-presenter Doug Armato (Minnesota) can be found in the latest version of Against the Grain, with panel slides on the conference website (see the next issue of ATG for more from co-presenter Alison Mudditt [California]). Full article >



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