May 23, 2022

Plans For an Invite-Only University Press and Library Summit Announced

From ARL, CNI, and AAUP:

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

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