Today kicks off the second annual University Press Week. In the spirit of partnership that pervades the university press community, Duke University Press and 36 other presses will unite for the AAUP’s second annual blog tour during University Press Week. This tour will highlight the value of university presses and the contributions they make to scholarship and our society. Individual presses will blog on a different theme each day, including profiles of university press staff members, the future of scholarly communication, subject area spotlights, the importance of regional publishing, and the global reach of university presses. The tour will run November 11-15, and comes to Duke University Press's blog tomorrow, November 12, with a guest post by Priscilla Wald. See a complete University Press Week blog tour schedule here.
Today's blog tour theme is "Meet the Press," and kicks off with McGill-Queens University Press, where two acquisitions editors, Jonathan Crago and Kyla Madden, discuss their experiences in scholarly publishing and their vision for their press. Then check out what Penn State University Press is offering. At University of Illinois Press, they feature Editor-in-Chief Laurie Matheson, who discusses her journey through the field and the changes that she has seen during her career including shifts in the library market. Next, head over to University of Hawaii Press, which is featuring the peripatetic academic publishing career of their soon-to-retire journals manager. At University of Missouri Press, they profile their new director David Rosenbaum. University Press of Colorado profiles Managing Editor Laura Furney, a twenty-year veteran of their press. And finally, check out University Press of Florida, which features an acquisitions editor who is working to develop and grow innovative new subject areas. We hope you enjoy these inside-looks at a variety of university presses. And please come back here tomorrow to read Priscilla Wald's post.