Moderator: Peter Berkery, Executive Director, AAUP
Panelists: Aileen Fyfe, University of St. Andrews; Brian Halley, Senior Editor, University of Massachusetts Press; John Inglis, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Press
Peer review is the hallmark of university press publishing; indeed, AAUP has spent the past two years developing Best Practices for Peer Review precisely because of its centrality to our mission. But do you know peer review as well as you think you do? In this informative and provocative closing session, a diverse panel of scholars and publishers will present a range of perspectives on peer review—how it’s done, why it’s done, where it’s headed. Prepare to have your pre-conceived notions challenged!
Chair: Dariel Mayer, Design and Production Manager, Vanderbilt University Press
Panelists: Rob Ehle, Art Director, Stanford University Press; Nicole Hilton, XML Workflow Supervisor, University of Toronto Press; Neil Litt, Assistant Director and Director of Editing, Design, and Production, Princeton University Press
Facing potential bottlenecks several times a year is familiar terrain for EDP departments at presses of all sizes. The impact of a disproportionate number of books entering our departments at one time, generally close to season closing deadlines, begins by overloading design resources to get covers done in time for the catalog. This backlog has a natural tendency to create other bottlenecks down the line.
Solutions and resources for balancing workflow vary considerably depending on department size and press finances. In all cases, collaboration with our colleagues upstream and downstream is key and can be tricky.
Panelists will talk about what they have tried and how well different methods have worked: from basic spreadsheet scheduling and reporting, to Post-it note madness, to implementing enterprise-level solutions. Suggestions will be made for keeping EDP’s bookends (acquisitions and marketing) involved in plans for improved workflow management. Expect tears, laughter, and possibly some evangelizing.
What’s next for the world of publishing? Mickey McManus, Principal and Chairman of the board at MAYA Design—a design consultancy and innovation lab located in downtown Pittsburgh—has a thought. What will it be like to have our phones give us a tour of a museum based on the artifacts we pass? Or what if our coffeemakers automatically start to percolate as the pace of our reading slows after we pick up our favorite book? Often called the "Internet of Things," pervasive computing is about connecting the things we interact with every day, and is a game-changer for industry as a new set of design and business paradigms emerge. In 2012, Mickey co-authored a book, Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology, which has been called a field guide to the era of pervasive computing. The way we design for things that begin to "wake up" is uncharted territory. If we don’t take into account our connected future and continue designing for disconnected things, we will design our way into irrelevance. The challenge publishers face is how to surf these trends, determine what to do about them, and identify how designing "things" will change. Please join Mickey, a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design and education, in a discussion about the ecological design and the nature of things.
Chair: Michael Duckworth
Panelists: Alejandro Fernández Diego, Executive Director, UNE (University Presses of Spain)/Espacio UNE/Librería del BOE; Tarek El-Elaimy, Marketing Manager (North America), American University in Cairo Press; Peter Froehlich, Director, Purdue University Press; Peter Schoppert, Director, NUS Press, Singapore
Four industry leaders from Europe, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North America will share their 10-minute answers to the following questions: What are their favorite international rights fairs and why? What have been their primary objectives and successes, as well as their main obstacles or continuing challenges from 2010 to 2016? Which genres/disciplines and which languages or translation avenues and mechanisms have been most successful? Which fairs or language areas are you spotlighting for growth from 2017 to 2020?