Lunch Speaker: Penny Kaiserlian, Outgoing AAUP President

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Speaker: Penny Kaiserlian, Outgoing AAUP President

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

From Penny Kaiserlian’s talk June 15, 2007 (notes inserted)

One of the defining aspects of this year has been the release of a number of important reports that are extremely relevant to the work of non-profit scholarly publishers. Most recently, and most relevant to university presses, is the report by Laura Brown and her associates for Ithaka’s strategic services group, entitled “University Publishing in a Digital Age” about which we heard this morning. If press directors and managers have not yet had a chance to read the preliminary report, I urge you to do so. [See Peter Givler’s message below to meeting attendees: this is a draft report, not for circulation or quotation yet].

Last fall three important reports from scholarly societies were released. The American Council of Learned Societies released its report on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities & Social Sciences This report has already generated a good deal of debate, including a review by Robert Townsend of the American Historical Association in the February 2007 issue of AAUP’s Exchange Online. Two scholarly societies went into greater depth about the needs of their own disciplines. A task force of the Modern Language Association issued a 100-page report called “Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion.” Naturally the prospects for getting books published in the humanities feature prominently in this report. This report was also discussed at a panel this morning. “Art History and its Publications in an Electronic Age” by Hillary Ballon and Mariet Westerman surveyed the challenges of publishing heavily-illustrated materials in art and architectural history and the prospects for electronic publication. This report has been published online by the recently revived Rice University Press. And recently the American Philological Association and Archaeological Institute of American released a Joint Electronic Publishing Task Force report. All of these are essential reading for those of us who publish in the humanities and social sciences.

Re: Ithaka-JStor study, “University Publishing in a Digital Age”

Email via Peter Givler June 6, 2007, from Terry Ehling, Laura Brown, and Joseph Esposito

Member of the AAUP and 2007 Annual Meeting Attendees:

As speakers at the opening plenary session of this year's annual AAUP meeting in Minneapolis, we would like to invite the AAUP community and meeting attendees to read and comment on an article and a just released report that we hope will stimulate discussion and debate during the plenary. Your questions and feedback will be used as the basis for our presentations. It is our hope that your contributions, provided in advance of this session, will enrich the conversation we'll initiate with you next Friday morning.

"The Wisdom of Oz: The Role of the University Press in Scholarly Communications"
Joseph J. Esposito
Journal of Electronic Publishing, 10:1, Winter 2007

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"University Publishing in a Digital Age"
Laura Brown, Rebecca Griffiths, and Matthew Rascoff
Preface by Kevin Guthrie Ithaka

N.B. AAUP draft released 6/6/07; this is a penultimate draft and we request that this version be circulated among the AAUP membership only.

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