Our inaugural UP Week blog tour featured posts from 26 presses, considering “why university presses matter,” among other topics.
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“The Twenty-First-Century University Press: Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future,” a plenary presentation at the Charleston Library Conference, highlighted the ways in which university presses are meeting current challenges and positioning their organizations for increased service and relevance in the digital age. Speakers included:
- Douglas Armato, University of Minnesota Press
- Allison Mudditt, University of California Press
- Moderated by Leila Salisbury, University Press of Mississippi.
Armato looked at the forces in play that could help to resolve tension as presses adapt their mission to the far more dynamic, digitally interlinked, and innovative scholarly environment that still remains in its infancy. Mudditt explored how university presses are in a unique position to provide solutions and make complex information accessible, promoting access to and engagement with this knowledge among scholars, students, and public audiences.
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Mapping Our Influence
Our member presses have tremendous and positive impacts on the world around them—from regional publishing programs to world-reknowned disciplinary lists and translation projects. We often talk of this value of university presses, and our Influence Mapping Project gives us the tools to visually demonstrate its truth.
We asked each of our member presses to select one title that they believe exemplifies their history of publishing and their mission. The resulting gallery is a browser’s paradise—including award-winning books, discipline-defining journals, innovative online collections, and some of the world’s most reliable reference works.
The creation of this online gallery is particularly fitting for the Association’s 75th anniversary year. It follows a precedent set in 1987 when, for its 50th anniversary, the Association organized a display at our Annual Meeting that featured one book from each press “meant to represent the highest achievement in scholarly publishing.” Browse the titles listed in that display’s companion pamphlet, Celebration of Superb Publishing [PDF], for a sense of how university presses have evolved, while maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and publishing.