Ethics and Economics of Outsourcing

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Moderator: Jennifer Reichlin, Editorial, Design, and Production Director, University of Georgia Press

Panelists: Michael Jensen, Director of Publishing Technologies, The National Academies Press; Jane Lago, Managing Editor, University of Missouri Press; Holly Carver, Director, University of Iowa Press

Description: How should the various departments of a press handle the increasing reliance on outside vendors? What is the economic impact on the various departments at a press? What are the hidden costs that are often overlooked in the rush to save money? Do presses have any ethical concerns related to handing over much of our work to others? This session focused on outsourcing of all kinds with a special focus on editorial and production departments. Topics included copyediting, indexing, typesetting, proofreading, printing, and more.

Please post outlines, notes, and/or links to presentation materials below.

International Labour Standards from the International Labour Office, excerpted from

The ILO's Governing Body has identified eight conventions as "fundamental", covering subjects that are considered as fundamental principles and rights at work: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

A question: Can we make compliance with these standards part of our bids and contracts?

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