AuPresses' 10th Annual University Presses Week
This past October, NISO hosted our 20th Annual Humanities Roundtable, which featured as a keynote presenter, Lisa Bayer of the University of Georgia Press and current President of AUPresses. Her talk (see sidebar) focused on the role and achievements of this specific subset of the publishing world. The tenth annual University Presses Week was November 8-12, 2021. Because so much of what university presses do is central to output in the humanities and social sciences, we wanted to spotlight the work from a spectrum of publishing organizations.
First there was the blog tour, with presses responding to such questions as:
- Our first UP week blog tour focused on the question, “Why do university presses matter?” How has the answer changed and/or stayed the same in the 10 years since?
- Tell us about an innovation or a collaboration in the last decade that you are particularly proud of or that will provide a model for future endeavors.
- What will make your press a force to Keep UP with in the next 10 years?
Opening Up the Week
Harry Potter, Dumbledore, Snape -- Even Nearly Headless Nick!
Today begins the 10th annual #UPWeek and we want to kick it off with an explanation of what scholarly publishing is like, as told by Harry Potter characters— The Catholic University of America Press (@CUAPress) November 8, 2021
See the full collection of quotes on our blog https://t.co/Fik1f5Gchl
Stats underscored accomplishments of the decade.
#KeepUP with the facts for the 10th anniversary of #UPWeek!— UChicagoPress (@UChicagoPress) November 11, 2021
Since 2011, @aupresses members have published
5 Nobel Laureates in Literature
5 Nobel Laureates in Physics
18 Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences
16 Bancroft Prize-winning works https://t.co/2SAl1OlDfD pic.twitter.com/jh209bWPo1
Regional pride surfaced!
A champion of all things bookish, @LoneStarLit keeps tabs on #Texas publishers & is a great resource. This article highlights books from @UTexasPress @Baylor_Press @UNTPress @TTUPress & us for #UPWeek! https://t.co/iMlI8JbEZB #KeepUP— Texas A&M Press (@TAMUPress) November 11, 2021
A Good Year for Publication Output!
Today's #UPWeek blog tour post from @UNDPress focuses on achievements from the past year. Take a look at its impressive Year at a Glance: https://t.co/TGdNGZgedt #KeepUP #ReadUP pic.twitter.com/xtSmtWQKYv— AUPresses (@aupresses) November 11, 2021
Award winning titles!
Winner of PEN/Faulkner Award, Story Prize & LA Book Prize & #NBAwards finalist, Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies from @WVUPress is a work to #KeepUP with! https://t.co/d7iltlz3vO #ReadUP during #UPWeek and year-round! pic.twitter.com/53SGeajTib— AUPresses (@aupresses) November 10, 2021
Increasingly diverse output
Examples of publications over the past decade included an interesting set of creative collaborations.
The University of Toronto Press was pleased that one of their titles was named in the list of top 10 graphic novels and nonfiction!
#KeepUP is the 2021 #UPWeek theme marking its 10th anniversary & celebrating how university presses continue to be a force to keep up with! #KeepUP with @aupresses top 10 graphic novels and nonfiction. Light in Dark Times is on the list: https://t.co/0BiSknari6 #ReadUP pic.twitter.com/sUuFqNIkSv— University of Toronto Press (@utpress) November 11, 2021
Curation is key!
One way @ProjectMUSE highlights our participating university press publishers’ content is through #MUSEinFocus…a series of curated interdisciplinary scholarly content on timely topics and events. https://t.co/ik4OAnDN9y #ReadUP #KeepUP #UPWeek pic.twitter.com/ZtyyJLp1xY— Kelley Squazzo (@EditorKelley) November 9, 2021
OER is part of the landscape as well!
All of these textbooks are 100% free to download. #KeepUP with UNGP and @ALearningGA—we’re saving students millions in textbook costs with #OER!— UNG Press (@TheUNGPress) November 10, 2021
Learn more: https://t.co/oSIMKhb1zS
Celebrate #UPWeek and trailblazing university presses with @aupresses! #ReadUP pic.twitter.com/PvtzCzBgry
#KeepUP with Toxic Truths: Environmental Justice and Citizen Science in a Post-Truth Age, an #OpenAccess publication from @ManchesterUP. https://t.co/dzbgpKpILI #ReadUP during #UPWeek and year-round! pic.twitter.com/UwnGKzvLLF— AUPresses (@aupresses) November 10, 2021
Demographics are shifting!
"Women now comprise about 45% of press directors—but more important, our acquisitions staffs are slowly becoming less white" @PublishersWkly asks #UniversityPress directors, including our own @jecrewe, to assess the future as they see it. #UPWeek https://t.co/efIZRqgyer— Col Univ Press PR (@CUPPublicity) November 10, 2021
Presses shone a spotlight on staff
It is the 10th anniversary of #UPWeek! In this blog post, entitled Behind Every Good Editor Is a Great Marketer, Acquisitions Editor Natalie Fingerhut writes about her partnership with Marketing Manager Anna Del Col. Read it here: https://t.co/R5ByG0YjEB @aupresses #KeepUP pic.twitter.com/N3x0DqYjfv— University of Toronto Press (@utpress) November 10, 2021
Authors spoke to the value they see!
From a blog post by Georgetown University Press:
...the importance of university presses from those who have been through the UP publishing process.
“University presses ensure that new knowledge sees the light of day. A rigorous process of selection, review, editing, and publication is essential to create scholarship of lasting value. This is the public service that university presses provide.”
Adam Rothman, coeditor of Facing Georgetown’s History
“University presses are the unsung heroes of book publishing. They’re the publishers who are willing to take risks and publish books that may be controversial, or that may have topics that mainstream presses ignore. They’re the ones who spark the conversations that we need to be having about society.”
Chris Roush, author of The Future of Business Journalism