2008 Plenary I

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Moderator: Philip Cercone, Executive Director and Senior Editor, McGill-Queen's University Press

Panelists: Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago and Chad Gaffield, president, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Description: Professor Abbott, author of the Report on the University of Chicago Libraries, will provide insights on how, and how closely, university presses should fit into the university system. Specifically, he will talk about libraries and how they are used, how we should deal with authors and what we need from them and what they need from us, and how learned societies in the Humanities and Social Sciences fit with scholarly publishers.

Responding to Abbott will be Professor Gaffield, one of Canada's foremost historians and current President of the SSHRC. With a budget of $312.7 million, SSHRC promotes and supports university-based research and dissemination, as well as training in the Humanities and Social Sciences, dealing on a daily basis with the myriad partners university presses need to reach.

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