Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Releases 2022 Annual Report
The past year has been a difficult one, and yet there were many things for our Association to learn from and to celebrate. Despite a host of disruptions, chronic and emergent, our global community of mission-driven publishing professionals—158 member presses, 19 volunteer committees, Board of Directors, and Central Office staff—has continued to enact our values and achieve our goals. I invite you to explore this accounting of our endeavors. Of particular interest:
- We, along with 7 of our member presses so far, signed the Publishers Compact in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.”
- Our commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion (EJI) has been advanced by a pilot Demographic Data Survey from the EJI Committee, among other projects, and the formation of a joint AUPresses/Society for Scholarly Publishing Task Force on Career Progression.
- Our professional development offerings flourished throughout the year, including 30 webinars and virtual conversations, and a second virtual Annual Meeting with record-setting attendance. We also announced a shift in our Annual Meeting strategy, planning to alternate between virtual and in-person formats in the future.
- Our new Open Access Committee built on the foundations of our OA Task Force and received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the impact of OA on print sales of scholarly books.
- We became an affiliate member of the American Council of Learned Societies, deepening our involvement with the scholars who are our authors and readers.
As President Lisa Bayer (University of Georgia Press) notes in her report, “I marvel at the constant recalibration that is the work of our industry and the navigation of our day-to-day lives under the current uncertainties. AUPresses members are simultaneously resilient, responsive, vulnerable, and creative. We carry on.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.