2014 A Seat at the Table: Navigating University Structures for Fun and Profit

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How can we deliver the message about the importance of our university presses if we don't understand the organizational structure and key actors of our own administrations? The blurring of lines between the traditional activities of presses, libraries, and other entities on campus makes it more vital than ever to advocate with these decision makers for a seat at the table when important discussions take place; but how do we get there? In a world where new potential revenue streams exist outside traditional sales models, influencing university policy on copyright and institutional repositories, for example, or bringing a publisher's businesslike approach to digital humanities projects or to digitizing special collections is not only good institutional PR; it can positively impact the bottom line. With this in mind, a somewhat nontraditional "unpanel" will bring together a group of directors representing presses large and small, public and private, and a multitude of different reporting lines to discuss how to map those administrative structures, get to know provosts, librarians, VPs, deans, and CIOs, and get their attention when it's most important. Instructive and candid case studies, audience participation, and vibrant disagreement will be encouraged.

Chair: Mark Saunders, Director, University of Virginia Press

Panelists: Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press

MaryKatherine Callaway, Director, Louisiana State University Press

Kathryn Conrad, Director, University of Arizona Press

Ellen Faran, Director, MIT Press; Nicole Mitchell, Director, University of Washington Press

Meredith Morris-Babb, Director, University Press of Florida

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