Category Archives: Professional Development

2023 AUPresses Week-In-Residence Report: Katie Lee

Katie Lee, Acquisitions Editor at Gallaudet University Press, reports on visiting the University of Georgia Press

Rationale: Before I began working as the acquisitions editor at Gallaudet University Press, I had no prior acquisitions experience, and my work in publishing up to that point had been on a temporary, part-time basis. After three years of working full time at Gallaudet, I finally felt like I knew the job well enough that a professional development opportunity like the AUPresses Week in Residency Program would be relevant and applicable to my skill set.

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2023 AUPresses Week-in-Residence Report: Adam Mehring

Adam Mehring, EDP Manager at the University of Wisconsin Press, reports on visiting the University of Minnesota Press

My primary objective for applying to the AUPresses Week in Residency Program was to learn how the Editorial, Design, and Production department operates at a slightly larger press.

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2023 AUPresses Week-in- Residence Report: Lily Simmons

Lily Simmons, Digital Asset Manager at the University of Pennsylvania Press, reports on visiting MIT Press.

The AUPresses Week in Residency program was an invaluable experience for my professional development as well as directly beneficial to my home press, Penn Press. Because I already had a continuing mentorship with the director of business systems and operations, MF Gydus, I knew immediately that MIT Press would be the perfect place to visit. Since I am effectively a department of one, the week in residence at MIT gave me an opportunity to witness how an entire data team operates as well as explore open access (OA) initiatives on MIT’s OA platforms, a future interest for Penn Press.

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Building Professional Support Networks across Publishing Careers

By Christian Pizarro Winting and Bethany Wasik

Christian Pizarro Winting is Associate Editor at Columbia University Press, acquiring titles in economics, anthropology, and African-American studies. He is a member of the AUPresses Professional Development Committee.

Bethany Wasik is Acquisitions Editor at Cornell University Press, acquiring titles in archaeology, classics, European history, and military history. She currently serves as co-chair of the AUPresses Professional Development Committee.

At the 2022 AUPresses Annual Meeting, the Association’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) hosted a collaboration lab that invited members of the Association to discuss challenges, strategies, and opportunities in building professional networks. The aim of this session was to generate resources for those new to the profession, staff at smaller publishers, and all colleagues looking to develop tools and skills to build professional networks and solve common problems across the industry. Below, we detail the results of the thoughtful and constructive conversations that took place.

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