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University Press and Library Summit to Be Hosted by Temple University with AAUP, ARL, CNI

Temple University will host the inaugural P2L (Publishers Reporting to Libraries) Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 9–10, 2016, bringing together 20–30 teams of university library and press directors to explore how they may better work together in supporting the mission of the university. The summit will delve into the experience of library-press partnerships and open up new ways of thinking about the publishing enterprise as a core function of the academy. Participants will work towards understanding best practices for on-campus collaborations in scholarly communications.

Modeled on the successful Academic Art Museum and Library Summit hosted by the University of Miami Libraries and Lowe Art Museum in December 2015, the P2L Summit will offer highly participatory programming designed to inspire expansive thinking. The teams will work in small groups in a series of working sessions to share experiences, discuss challenges, and begin developing a set of “better” practices—to be documented in a white paper—for building and strengthening effective library-press partnerships.

The invitation-only summit will be hosted by the Temple University Libraries and Press and jointly convened by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Temple University a $40,000 grant to support the summit.

Scott Waugh, executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver a keynote to foreground the working sessions. Monica McCormick, program officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing at New York University, will facilitate the working sessions. Wolfram Horstmann, director of Göttingen State and University Library and chair of the Göttingen University Press Editorial Board, will wrap up the event as the closing plenary speaker. The executive directors of the AAUP, ARL, and CNI—Peter Berkery, Elliott Shore, and Clifford Lynch—will convene the summit.

“As the future of both libraries and presses continues to evolve, the P2L Summit will prove to be critical in the exchange of ideas and discussion of collaborations,” said Neil D. Theobald, Temple University president. “Temple University is proud to support and participate in this foundational summit.”

The P2L Summit is being organized by a committee of library and press directors and representatives from the four sponsoring organizations:

  • Lisa Bayer, director, University of Georgia Press
  • Peter Berkery, executive director, Association of American University Presses
  • Jane Bunker, director, Northwestern University Press
  • Joe Lucia, dean, Temple University Libraries
  • Clifford Lynch, executive director, Coalition for Networked Information
  • Brenna McLaughlin, director of marketing and communications, Association of American University Presses
  • Mary Rose Muccie, executive director, Temple University Press
  • Rikk Mulligan, program officer for scholarly publishing, Association of Research Libraries
  • Elliott Shore, executive director, Association of Research Libraries
  • Karen Williams dean, University of Arizona Libraries
About the Association of American University Presses

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) is an organization of nearly 140 international nonprofit scholarly publishers. Since 1937, AAUP advances the essential role of a global community of publishers whose mission is to ensure academic excellence and cultivate knowledge. The Association holds integrity, diversity, stewardship, and intellectual freedom as core values. AAUP members are active across many scholarly disciplines, including the humanities, arts, and sciences, publish significant regional and literary work, and are innovators in the world of digital publishing. AAUP is on the web at

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

About the Coalition for Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 230 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members; CNI is entirely funded through membership dues. Semi-annual membership meetings bring together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects, and to plan for future initiatives. Learn more about CNI at

About Temple University

Temple University is a public, four-year research university and a national leader in education, research, and healthcare. Founded by Dr. Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto—Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers—reflects its students’ drive to succeed and commitment to excellence. Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and commonwealth of Pennsylvania, contributing more than $3 billion toward Pennsylvania’s economy each year. The university also has a strong global reach, with long-standing and vibrant campuses in Tokyo and Rome, programs in London, Beijing, and other locations worldwide, and over 300,000 alumni living around the world. Temple University is on the web at

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