Flipping the Monograph: What are the Opportunities
and Challenges for My Press?

AAUP Press Directors Meeting

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00–3:00 PM
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Organizers: Peter Berkery, Executive Director, AAUP; Patrick Alexander, Director, Penn State University Press; Greg Britton, Johns Hopkins University Press; Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press; Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director, National Academies Press; Mark Saunders, Director, University of Virginia Press; Charles Watkinson, Director, University of Michigan Press

As revenues from most monographs continue their downward spiral, experiments aimed at flipping the financial model from consumer pays to producer pays are multiplying —Knowledge Unlatched, unglue.it, Lever Press, and Luminos to name just a few. Each new program has been testing new models to cover the costs of publication. Most recently, a pilot program for full institutional subventions—requiring publication of open digital editions—to commence in the fall of next year has achieved critical mass and will be announced over the summer. With the idea nearing a tipping point, the questions about OA shift from the philosophical to the practical: how do I decide whether open access monographs are right for my press? What would change and what stays the same in an OA publishing model? What would my press need to do to be ready to participate in this new institutional subvention model? At this year’s directors meeting, we will begin to explore how to assess both your interest in and readiness for this new business model.

Registration details: There is no charge to attend, but advanced registration is required. Individuals can register to attend the meeting when they register to attend the AAUP Annual Meeting. Registration is restricted to directors of AAUP member presses.


Press Directors at AAUP 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AAUP Press Directors Networking Luncheon
11:30 AM–1:00 PM
To build on the success of the New Directors Bootcamp and informal Directors Meeting in Denver, we'll be hosting a luncheon for AAUP directors. Learn more >

Flipping the Monograph: What are the Opportunities and Challenges for My Press? (AAUP Press Directors Meeting)
1:00–3:00 PM
At this year’s directors meeting, we will begin to explore how to assess both your interest in and readiness for new Open Access business models. Learn more >



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Accessibility is Accessible

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016
Time: 1:00–4:00 PM
Location: Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Organizers: AAUP Design & Production Committee (Chair: Nicole Hilton, XML Workflow Supervisor, P-Shift, University of Toronto Press)
Moderator: Bill Kasdorf, VP and Principal Consultant, Apex Content and Media Solutions

Speakers: Jamie Axelrod, Director of Disability Resources, Northern Arizona University and President-Elect of the Association on Higher Education and Disability; Sue-Ann Ma, DIAGRAM Center, Benetech; Jon McGlone, Front End Developer and UI Designer, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan; Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

It's easier than ever now to make your books better for everybody by making them accessible.

Recent advances in the digital publishing ecosystem, which affect how we all produce, distribute, and consume content, are making it easier than ever to make all publications accessible to everybody, whatever their abilities. Web standards for accessibility are becoming widely understood, implemented, and even mandated globally. The semantics inherent in HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are fundamental to enabling assistive technologies to provide accessible content to the print-disabled. And EPUB 3—built on HTML5 and Web standards and the format in which, today, virtually all our books are distributed to the ebook supply chain—is not only designed for accessibility but is now the format recommended by the DAISY Consortium, the leading international organization for accessibility, for the distribution of accessible content.

As a result, we are converging on a new publishing paradigm that is the culmination of two fundamental goals:

  • People who need to use assistive technology should be able to buy and use the same digital books everybody else does, without enduring the delays and expenses that are currently required to provide them the books they need. This is especiallyimportant in education and scholarship, where complete and timely access is so critical.
  • By incorporating good accessibility practices into their editorial and production workflows, publishers will make their books better for all users. Just as we all benefit from curb cuts in sidewalks, closed captioned video in noisy places, and Siri on our iPhones (all developed for accessibility), making books accessible makes them better, period.

This workshop will help you understand the issues behind making books accessible, update you on the many activities underway that are clarifying the expectations for accessible content, provide a basic summary of what university presses should do to make their books accessible, and point you to resources that can help you do just that. It will be invaluable to everybody from administrators, who know how important it is for their presses to address this issue, to the editorial, design, production, and digital managers and staff who need to make their books and websites accessible.

Registration details: The registration fee is $200 for AAUP Members and Librarians, $225 for non-member nonprofits, and $250 for non-members.


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