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In celebration of Open Access Week, let’s take a moment to review how MPublishing is contributing to the Open Access movement at the University of Michigan and beyond. What is Open Access? Open Access (OA) is a way of publishing scholarly literature online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (see Peter Suber’s more detailed overview here). Its success obviously depends on the consent of authors and copyright-holders. But more broadly than…

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The University of Michigan Press today announced one of the shortest marketing campaigns in the history of new books: #NewBooksIn5Words, a Twitter hashtag that accompanies micro-previews of new scholarly and trade titles. You can see the first postings at the UM Press Twitter feed. For example: Annie Finch’s A Poet’s Craft turns into: Be poet – now show it. #NewBooksIn5Words http://bit.ly/nguzLH Christopher Bigsby’s Arthur Miller: 1962–2005 is: After Marilyn: Miller, Act Two. #NewBooksIn5Words http://bit.ly/oQbCER And Theo…

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Three MLibrary staff members—including two from MPublishing—have been elected to two-year terms on the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Consortium for 2012 to 2013.  Paul Schaffner (Head of Encoded Text Services in MLibrary’s Digital Library Production Service) and Kevin Hawkins (Head of Digital Publishing Production for MPublishing) have both served terms previously, and they are joined by Rebecca Welzenbach (Project Outreach Librarian for the Text Creation Partnership), who will be serving her…

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Molly Van Houweling, U.C. Berkeley Professor of Law and former President of Creative Commons, will be speaking on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00AM in the Library Gallery, Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library. Please join us for an engaging overview of the emerging landscape of “user-generated” copyright, as well as the role of institutions in striking a balance between authorial autonomy and creative re-use. For more information, see MLibrary Events. This event is in celebration of the…

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In the Library with the Lead Pipe, a blog with consistently well written coverage of issues important to libraries and librarians, offers a thoughtful summary of the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust debacle in a recent post: As with any large membership organization, the Authors Guild operates under the guidance of a board, executive director, and legal counsel. Certainly within our own profession, our organizations have taken action or made statements with which we, as individuals,…

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The University of Michigan’s fine and performing arts blog, Montage, features an overview of our collaborative translation project The Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert in a recent post: “MPublishing’s Platform Creates Universal Language”. Over 250 years after Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d’Alembert set out to create a compendium of all knowledge: …enabled by 21st century technology, a crowdsourced effort is underway to make English translations of Encyclopedia articles freely available to readers everywhere. The project was…

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Becky Welzenbach at THATCamp Kansas

Participants at THATCamp Kansas, September 2011. Image copyright: KU Libraries. Used with permission. Kevin Hawkins and Becky Welzenbach (Head of Digital Publishing Production and TCP Outreach Librarian, respectively, here at MPublishing) have been offering a workshop on “Creating Digital Scholarly Editions Using the TEI.” The course, which covers everything from basic Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines to discussions about the wide application of digital scholarly editions, has been popular among librarians and humanities scholars here…

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The Publishing Services & Outreach group of MPublishing is delighted to welcome two new librarians to its ranks. Meredith Kahn is our new Publishing Services & Outreach Librarian. In this role, Meredith will develop, manage, and promote new and existing publishing services to meet the needs of the University of Michigan community and beyond. She looks forward to productive and fulfilling collaboration with fellow librarians and faculty members on campus. Prior to joining MLibrary, Meredith…

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Along with welcoming students back to campus and pulling our sweaters down from the attic, we busied ourselves with the production and finalization of several new works this month. A new issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review was published. Volume 50, Issue 1 features a little bit of everything, from Michael Reid Busk’s article on the No Coast Derby Girls to francine j. harris’ aptly named poem “what you’d find buried in the dirt under…

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