2012 Policy Wars: University Presses in the Crossfire

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Recent battles over the Research Works Act, SOPA, PIPA and now the reintroduction of the Federal Research Public Access Act are a continuation of increasing battles over access to scholarly research and content. Demands for open access to publicly funded research have fueled attempted legislation at both federal and state level, as well as mandates from funders and grassroots activities. Fiscal responsibility ensures our editorial independence and freedom of operation, but our interests—and those of our host universities—will diverge and even collide as these issues become more politicized. Where does this leave university presses? Is there still a viable moderate position on these concerns? Where might we build alliances and how can we handle friction with faculty, libraries and administrations? What can we do individually and collectively to cultivate a clear understanding of the value we add?

Chair: Allison Muddit, Director, University of California Press

Panelists: Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection Development and Management, California Digital Library

Ellen Faran, Director, MIT Press

Janet Rabinowitch, Director, Indiana University Press

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