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Wednesday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Where the Stress Falls: Exploring Challenges in the University Library-University Press Relationship

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More than 30% of members of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) report to their university libraries. While there has been significant discussion of the benefits of press-library integration and collaboration, less time has been given to exploring areas of tension that can emerge when presses report to libraries. Do stresses appear around budgeting/funding, missions, project management, staffing, open access, and more? What cultural and professional differences can frustrate the creation of strong partnerships? What seams can break when presses and libraries try to address new challenges, even when they’ve been in an established relationship for years? Finally, what strategies can be deployed for avoiding or resolving conflicts, all with the goal of promoting true collaboration and a sustainable scholarly communications landscape?

Organized by the AUPress’s library relations committee, this panel features three directors of university presses that report to university libraries, as well as a university librarian whose remit includes the university press. Each panelist will bring a different perspective to the discussion, as well as different reasons as to why and when their press moved into the library. This session will be of benefit to library administrators, librarians working in scholarly communications and publishing, and university press staff who want to better understand the realities and challenges of press-library integration. The session will focus on strategies for building positive relationships across professional boundaries, with time for attendees to participate in a discussion about how librarians and publishers can work together in support of our authors, readers, and scholarly communities.

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Geoffrey Robert Little

Editor-in-Chief, Concordia University Press
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Lisa Quinn

Director, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Elizabeth Scarpelli

Director, University of Cincinnati Press
Here's what's different about us.1. We are a new university press and library publisher. Est. 20172. We are outnumbered 3 to 1 with student employees and we love it!3. Our mission is to provide quality, peer review publishing that aligns and supports the university's strategic directives4... Read More →
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Carolyn Walters

Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries, Indiana University
Carolyn Walters is the Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University, and co-director of the $27 million Media Digitization & Preservation Initiative (MDPI), IU’s ambitious work to protect the university’s rich repositories of audio, video, and film through digital... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Salon I, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA