Task Forces

Open Access

Over the past year, the Open Access (OA) Task Force has explored ways in which the Association can support member presses pursuing or interested in OA publishing, including developing and conducting a revised survey about the full range of OA publishing activities or planned OA publishing activities within the membership, evaluating how best to gather and disseminate data on open access publishing to the membership to support decision-making and planning, investigating possible networking and collaborations with like-minded organizations, and gathering evaluating the impact of open content initiatives developed in response to pandemic-related campus closures.
Erich van Rijn, California, Chair
Carsten Fenger-Grøndahl, Aarhus
Geoffrey Little, Concordia
Michael Regoli, Indiana
Tony Sanfilippo, Ohio State
John Sherer, North Carolina
Lara Speicher, UCL
Kelley A. Squazzo, Johns Hopkins
Mary Francis, Pennsylvania, Board Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin, Central Office Liaison

Operating Statistics

To further the Association’s commitment to providing statistical financial information that meets member needs, the Operating Statistics Task Force is following up on a community survey on the current Operating Statistics program by developing some samples of a dynamic, web-based tool that would allow presses to look at the statistics in different ways.
Darrin Pratt, Colorado, Chair
Paul Ashenfelter, Notre Dame
Lynn Benedetto, Cornell
Nadine Buckland, West Indies
Susan Doerr, Minnesota
Brad Hebel, Columbia
Chris Heiser, Chicago
Bryan Lutz, Florida
Kim Schmelzinger, MeanLine Publisher Services
Steve Young, British Columbia
Mike Bieker, Arkansas, Board Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin and Susan Patton, Central Office Liaisons

University Press Week

The University Press Week Task Force led a successful “socially distanced” University Press Week campaign in November 2020 which encouraged all to “raise up” university presses. National media attention saw some familiar features in LitHub, PW Soapbox, PW Daily, New Books Network, and others. Coverage expanded into other areas, including Shelf Awareness and Publishing Perspectives. Canadian publishers were able to secure coverage in Quill & Quire and collaborated on an online catalog. Bookstore participation increased this year with series of blog posts from Book Culture and aSeminary Co-op Front Table e-newsletter devoted entirely to university presses.
Colleen Lanick, Harvard, Chair
Carrie Adams, Chicago
David Goldberg, MIT
Catherine Hobbs, Columbia
Jane Kelly, Toronto
Kathryn Lloyd, Texas A&M
Fredric Nachbaur, Fordham, Board Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin and Annette Windhorn, Central Office Liaisons