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Thursday, November 6 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
What’s the Big Idea? Mellon, ARL, AAU, University Presses, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

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In the summer of 2014, both Mellon and an AAU-ARL Task Force on Scholarly Communication announced proposals designed to seek innovative ways that “digital technologies can increase access to and reduce the cost of scholarly communications” (AAU-ARL) and to discover “opportunities to shape knowledge formation and dissemination to emerging needs and media” (Mellon). Concern over issues of cost, access, the free-rider problem, and ongoing sustainability for scholarly monographs and their sponsoring publishers (often university presses) are not new issues, but the announcement of these large-scale initiatives have the potential to change the conversation and develop some viable solutions and new thinking in the research publication value chain. The AAU-ARL initiative seeks to address the problems of the tenure monograph, while Mellon also aspires to make digital publishing “a first-class means” of dissemination and to encourage scholars to “participate more fully in the interactive Web.”

Critical to both these initiatives will be the involvement of university presses, for the processes of selection, development, vetting, and publication of monographs, and libraries as partners in developing new hosting capabilities and channels of dissemination. This plenary will gather representatives from the ARL, AAU, and scholarly publishers to discuss recent developments with the proposed projects and how such ecosystem partnerships might function in the years to come.

This roundtable discussion will be followed by an open Q&A to engage with members of the audience.


Leila Salisbury

Director, University Press of Mississippi
Leila W. Salisbury has been the director of the University Press of Mississippi (UPM) since 2008. Prior to her appointment, she was marketing director of the University Press of Kentucky. At UPM, she is responsible for the overall direction and management of the scholarly publishing... Read More →


Raym Crow

Senior Consultant, SPARC
Raym Crow is Senior Consultant with the SPARC Consulting Group, and principal of Chain Bridge Group, a consulting firm providing publishing and sustainability planning services to learned and professional societies, university presses, academic libraries, and digital publishing projects... Read More →

Helen Cullyer

Program Officer in Scholarly Communications, Mellon Foundation
Helen Cullyer is program officer in the Scholarly Communications Program of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation  She works closely with Senior Program Officer Donald J. Waters on developing new grantmaking initiatives and reviewing grant proposals in the areas of scholarly publication... Read More →

Barbara Kline Pope

Executive Director for Communications and the National Academies Press, The National Academies
Barbara Kline Pope is Executive Director for Communications and the National Academies Press at The National Academies and is the current president of the Association of American University Presses.  She is responsible for an innovative and dynamic publishing operation of both scholarly... Read More →
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Charles Watkinson

Director, University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan
I'm AUL for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. I'm particularly interested in next-gen institutional repositories, the future of ebook collections and acquisitions, and how books can also get to participate in the networked digital... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403