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Announcements

Here in Ann Arbor, the new semester is just starting. As we settle into 2013, let’s take a moment to review some of our accomplishments in the last year…

2012 by the numbers:

  • 23 instruction sessions on copyright, digital publishing, and scholarly communication
  • 312 tweets from @M_Publishing
  • 4,229 new EEBO-TCP texts published this year, bringing the total number of EEBO-TCP texts to 44,419
  • 6,643 page views on our research guides
  • 9,932 unique visitors to publishing.umich.edu

Kudos for MPublishing people and publications:

  • Alix Keener was awarded DLF Forum Fellowship. You can read about her experience at the Forum here.
  • Korey Jackson (formerly of MPublishing, now with Anvil Academic) received the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s “Early Career Award.”
  • Among the many awards garnered by UM Press books this year, a few worth noting include:
    • The American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award, given for the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on women and politics, was awarded to When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups.
    • A Menopausal Gentleman: The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama.
    • And to close out 2012 and look ahead to 2013, two UM Press titles were named “Michigan Notable Books“: The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It, and The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics.

Publications and projects in 2012:

Notable events:

  • UM Library installed a new Espresso Book Machine.
  • UM Provost Phil Hanlon signed a statement in support of open access. His signature was accompanied by those of his counterparts at other CIC institutions.
  • Peter Brantley of the Internet Archive paid us a visit. His talk and slides can be viewed online.
  • Work on the development of mPach continued apace. For an overview of the motivations for and architecture of mPach and a demonstration of Prepper, an interface for converting Word documents to JATS XML and for preparing a package for submission to HathiTrust, see these slides from Kevin Hawkins, head of publishing production, and Jeremy Morse, head of publishing technology, which were presented at the 2012 DLF Forum.

And what does 2013 hold for us?

As our recent organizational changes indicate, we look forward to achieving a more integrated union of publishing activities across the various units of MPublishing. We hope to use this efficiency to strengthen and expand our services and imprints, as well as the technical infrastructure that underlies those efforts. We look forward to another year of providing sustainable and innovative models for disseminating scholarship, which are both responsive to the needs of scholars and a force for change in the wider world of academic publishing.

  • Maria

    Rock in’. Got some good work going on there. Go blue pub.