WEBSITE AND COMMONS
The Association’s website at www.aupresses.org is our entirely public-facing site, showcasing our members and the value and values of university presses. Highlights of the site include our mission statement translated into nearly 30 languages, the widely valued Permissions FAQs and other open tools, a growing “Resources” index to help users locate both open and member-restricted materials, and an expanding library of career resources at the new Jobs List.
Member resources, including the ability to post job listings, are accessible via sites within the UP Commons space—allowing members to maintain a single log-in identity for AUPresses community collaborations, members-only resources, and restricted benefits, as well as across their professional identity in any disciplinary space within the Humanities Commons network. This past year saw the publication of a greatly expanded Equity, Justice, Inclusion, & Belonging Resource Library in the Members Tools & Resources UP Commons site.
The site hosting feature of UP Commons allows the Association to support free-standing public sites there, as well. These include the committee-designed homes for the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show and the Ask UP author education resource. The online edition of Best Practices for Peer Review Handbook, and this very Annual Report are also supported on the UP Commons platform.
A monthly newsletter providing updates on Association programs, activities, and news from the membership, along with a slate of recommended reads from industry publications, the bulletin is distributed via email to subscribed staff at member presses.
The decision was taken in 2022 to suspend the publication of the Association’s annual print Directory. The data and technology infrastructure on which the legacy directory was produced requires an innovative overhaul to ensure that a future version of the directory serves the needs of our members and community partners going forward. As we work to strengthen the back-end infrastructure that supports directory functions, member communications, and data collection, we look forward to a future Member Directory that offers the features and affordances most valued by our communities.
THE DIGITAL DIGEST
Relaunched in early 2022, the Association’s blog Digital Digest serves as a channel for perspectives from around our community. Posts from the past year include professional development reports from the 2022 Annual Meeting travel grant recipients as well as insights from that conference’s networking collaboration lab, suggested resources on race and publishing from Annual Meeting plenary speaker Anjali Vats, and thoughts on sustaining and reimaging the monograph from 2021-2022 AUPresses President Lisa Bayer.