AAUP 2011 Kicks Off in Baltimore

700 in Attendance at Annual University Press Conference

BALTIMORE, MD—The Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) convenes in Baltimore June 2-June 5, 2011. More than 700 scholarly communications professionals are expected at this year’s conference, themed “The Next Wave: Toward A Culture of Collaboration.”

Embracing the challenge and the opportunity to publish and distribute scholarship digitally, globally, and sustainably, university presses recognize that doing so requires openness and flexibility, a willingness to work across departmental boundaries, and effective collaboration among colleagues as well as with parent institutions and external partners. This year’s annual meeting program offers a broader view of industry-wide changes as specialized knowledge and skills are developed to publish distinguished scholarship for twenty-first century readers.

Highlights of the AAUP 2011 program include a diverse program of more than thirty concurrent panels—many related to digital publishing—and plenary sessions on innovation and organizational change, the future of copyright, the value of the humanities, and university and library relationships.

The opening banquet will include an appearance by “The Wire” creator David Simon, as well as the presentation of the annual Constituency Award. The Constituency Award honors staff at member presses who have demonstrated active leadership and service to the association and the university press community, to thank people who do excellent work for the common good of scholarly publishing.

Between scheduled sessions, attendees can plug in to the buzz via the AAUP Annual Meeting Facebook page for program updates, recommended reading, and more at, or stay tuned to attendees’ tweets at #AAUP11. Offline, attendees can visit more than forty publishing-centric businesses represented in the exhibitors hall, pull up a chair to a group networking breakfast, join colleagues at an evening reception, and explore literary Baltimore.

The 2011 Book, Jacket, and Journal show debuts in Baltimore, honoring design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design. The new AAUP President will take office at the Annual Meeting: MaryKatherine Callaway, Director of Louisiana State University Press, will initiate her one-year term and deliver her inaugural speech on June 4. Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press and outgoing president, will give his valedictory address on June 3.

The Association of American University Presses is an organization of more than 130 non-profit scholarly publishers, dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Learn more at

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