Association of American University Presses Celebrates 75 years of Cooperation and Service
AAUP's mission is to assist its members through professional education, cooperative services, and public advocacy. "Our mission has remained consistent over the past 75 years," says AAUP Executive Director Peter Givler, "although what the association does to support that mission evolves along with publishing trends, new technologies, and the shifting landscape of scholarly communications."
Throughout 2012, AAUP will dive into its archives to refresh institutional memory, through online features and articles about the milestones and important programs that have shaped the association. Today, January 18, marks the date in 1928 when 12 university presses met and decided on the first cooperative project of the ad hoc group, a combined catalog of university press books titled "Shelfward Ho!" Every thoughtful publisher and scholar knows, however, that while an understanding of the past is vital, it is the work of today and tomorrow that holds the most importance for the next 75 years of nonprofit scholarly publishing.
"Progress and a cohesive spirit" was the how Publishers Weekly characterized AAUP in 1967, and this can serve as a motto still today. At the 2012 AAUP Annual Meeting in Chicago (June 18-20) and during the inaugural "University Press Week" (November 11-17), the association, its members, and its wider community will engage the present and future of AAUP and scholarly communications.
For more about university presses, visit: http://www.aaupnet.org/about-aaup/about-university-presses .
Information on the 134 members of AAUP can be found here: http://www.aaupnet.org/aaup-members/membership-list .
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