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Ari Friedlander, who has been Outreach Coordinator for the Text Creation Partnership since July 2010, has accepted the position of Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Davis. For the last year, Ari has served as the face of the TCP, representing our work to current and future partners, writing press releases and blog posts, presenting at conferences, raising money to keep the TCP going, and of course, persistently building up…

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On July 18, the JISC Digitisation Programme published a thought-provoking blog post about the growing number of platforms and portals through which users can access (and potentially edit) digital resources, such as those produced by the TCP. The post asks, If there are multiple versions of the original content, then which one is the one you use? In fact it’s not only about the content. Which platform works quickest? Which gives the most ‘accurate’ search…

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June saw a flurry of new content released across disciplines, genres, and publishing models. Here’s what’s new halfway through 2011: ARKIVOC, an online journal of organic chemistry, published 19 articles in June. This open access journal, hosted at MPublishing since 2009, is published by ARKAT USA, and has recently undertaken a publishing partnership with King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia that will help to sustain this publication into the future. Michigan Quarterly Review 49.4 became available…

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HASTAC has issued a call for proposals for the 2011 HASTAC V Conference.  The theme this year is digital scholarly communication: the topics they seek  include (among other things) copyright challenges, expanding the digital arts to include humanities (and vice-versa), new forms of research in the digital humanities, and strategies for digital scholarly communication. MPublishing’s own Phil Pochoda, Director of the UMichigan Press, is being hosted by the Institute for the Humanities as one of…

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Starting today, July 18, all you have to do is “like” the University of Michigan Press Facebook page and you’ll have access to ongoing chapters of two brand-new novels. Check in every week and you’ll have read all of both books by the end of the summer! Barbara Kingsolver said she read Marjorie Cole’s Spell on the Water and “couldn’t put it down.” It’s about a woman struggling to put her family back together in…

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Shana Kimball, head of publishing services, outreach, & strategic development for MPublishing, recently spoke at the 2011 KIT (Kanazawa Institute of Technology)/CLIR (Council of Library and Information Resources) International Roundtable for Library and Information Science.  This annual event, which focuses on the role of IT in enhancing the educational role of research libraries, brings five leaders in LIS from the US to Kanazawa, Japan, to share their perspectives with a Japanese audience.  This year’s other…

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Are you interested in how copyright affects your professional life? Do you miss the fun and welcoming atmosphere of summer camp? Then plan to join MPublishing at Copyright Camp, where we’ll provide a forum to discuss copyright and how it affects you on a daily basis. Copyright Camp will be an unconference-style event with an introductory plenary by Deborah Wythe, Director of the Brooklyn Museum’s Digital Collections and open access pioneer. This event is free…

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