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Saturday, November 7 • 9:45am - 10:30am
New Platforms and Discovery Tools: Towards 21st Century University Presses and Libraries

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This session will introduce two Mellon Foundation-funded projects designed to break new ground in the discoverability and linking of humanities texts and to create iterative editions of scholarly works that will evolve alongside the scholarship itself. Panelists will announce the UPScope Project, a university press-wide discovery engine based on natural language searches being developed in conjunction with the Association of American University Presses. The goal is for the bulk of university press content to be discoverable (with various options for access, purchase, and more) in one place. Since the system will be built on a natural language search, the platform will link humanities texts across disciplines in ways not before available and facilitate a richer and more meaningful research experience. The project lead for the University of Minnesota/CUNY's GC Digital Scholarship Lab’s Manifold Scholarship will also detail their project’s vision for digital scholarly works that move beyond the static replication of the print book. From the beginning, the scholarship will be dynamic, revised, and expanded to reflect the evolution of academic thought and research, incorporating access to primary research documents and data, links to related archives, rich media, social media, and reading tools.

Helen Cullyer from the Mellon Foundation and two librarians will respond to the vision of these projects and discuss how such initiatives can evolve in order to be most useful to students, scholars, and libraries. The panelists will participate in a lively conversation about how these initiatives will develop important research/discoverability/resources for faculty and what factors are involved in building shared value between university presses, campuses, and libraries as we build meaningful initiatives for a 21st century university.


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 operation, its editorial focus, fundraising, and new technology initiatives and investments. She also acquires the regional and film/popular culture studies lists and... 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, preservation, and access and library services.  She also works with program staff on the evaluation and assessment of grant-funded projects.  Ms... Read More →
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Susan Doerr

Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director, University of Minnesota Press
Susan Doerr manages the business office at the University of Minnesota Press and has been a part of Minnesota's digital publishing program since its inception. Susan is the Treasurer of the Association of American University Presses. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota Press, Susan held roles at at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, Personnel Decisions International, and Milkweed Editions.

Ellen Faran

Director Emerita of the MIT Press, Project Manager, UPScope
Ellen W. Faran recently retired as Director of the MIT Press and now does consulting work in publishing. She has over forty years’ experience in trade, professional and scholarly publishing; her previous employers include Houghton Mifflin; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; HarperCollins; the National Academy Press; and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  Ellen has a degree in English from Radcliffe College and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business... Read More →

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