Annual Meeting Set to Convene in Philadelphia

University Presses Focus on New Models, Collaboration, and Innovation; Publication Design Show Premieres

June 10, 2009: The 2009 Annual Meeting will convene in Philadelphia June 18-21. Sharing insights into new distribution technologies and passing on the best practices of the university press tradition, close to 500 scholarly communications professionals are expected to attend. Philadelphia is a fitting site for the association’s meeting, as the birthplace of some of America’s proudest print culture, and home to three AAUP members: the Jewish Publication Society, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and Temple University Press. Temple’s director, Alex Holzman, will deliver his valedictory address as 2008-09 AAUP president on June 19.

The meeting chairs, Lain Adkins (Director, Southern Illinois University Press) and Holly Carver (Director, University of Iowa Press), chose the apt theme of “only connect” for the 2009 program. In that spirit, four plenary sessions address partnerships between presses and host universities, collaborations between presses, issues of access, and cooperation between presses, libraries, and scholars. Speakers include Charles B. Lowry, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries; Anita Fore, Director of Legal Services, The Authors Guild; and Stuart Shieber, Director, Harvard University Office of Scholarly Communication. A series of connecting panels will further explore each of the plenary topics.

The three-day conference will host approximately 40 scheduled sessions and roundtable discussions. Topics addressed by panelists range from economic and environmental sustainability to hands-on explorations of e-book formats and the newest e-readers. Specialized workshops held before the meeting convenes are “Electronic Marketing” and “Rights and Permissions in a Digital Marketplace.”

The 2009 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show premieres at the Loews Philadelphia on June 18. This annual juried show celebrates the tenets of high-quality, beautiful design in publishing. After its Philadelphia debut, the show’s 90 selected entries will travel through North America from September 2009 to May 2010.

The opening banquet will feature the presentation of the Constituency Award in honor of exemplary service to the university publishing community, followed by an address from University of Pennsylvania professor of history Michael W. Zuckerman.

Formally established in 1937, AAUP promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing opportunities, and helps its 134 member presses fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, the arts, and sciences, and are innovators in the world of electronic publishing.

AAUP Annual Meeting
2009 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

UPDATE: Paul Courant, University of Michigan Librarian, was originally mentioned as a plenary speaker but has since had to cancel.

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