A Press of influence

November 13, 2012

November 11-17 is  University Press Week, an event designed to highlight the work of university presses and their contributions to culture, the academy, and society. The week and its events are spearheaded by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Indiana University Press and 25 other academic presses are uniting this week for a “blog tour” to mark University Press Week. Bloggers will include authors, book review editors, university press staff, interns, booksellers, and university press advocates. Harvard University Press kicked off the tour, and it will continue coast to coast, with stops in Canada and Hawaii, before ending at Oregon State University Press.

The tour hits the IU Press blog on Thursday, Nov. 15, with a post by former intern Nico Perrino. The IU Press blog was established in 2007 and named one of the 100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter in 2008. A complete schedule of the tour can be found online.

Another feature the AAUP has provided is  the University Press Week Mapping Project. Using Google’s Custom Maps,various university presses have developed geographic representations of their impact on the world outside the university campus.

Here is a screen shot of Indiana University Press’s influence map. The pins represent the reach of the authors and subjects on the press’s Fall 2012 publications list.

For the interactive version of this and other university press “influence maps”, visit the first annual University Press Week website.