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U of Alberta Libraries Increases Support for UAlberta Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / March 13, 2017

Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) as of April 1, 2017.

“University librarians and publishers are natural collaborators, although we participate in the academic mission in different ways” said UAP Director Linda Cameron. “I welcome this initiative, which will allow the Press to be more involved in innovative projects with our library colleagues. At the same time, UAP remains an independent entity: the Press’s imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure, and staffing will be unchanged.”

The University of Alberta Press is an award-winning contemporary university press, working at the academic core of the U of A’s mission.  As Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian Gerald Beasley explained, “University libraries throughout North America are increasingly offering their support to researchers at every stage of the research life cycle.  An outstanding press like UAP is an essential part of this support. Under the new arrangement library and press staff will also be able to share and benefit from each other’s resources and expertise more easily.”

“The change is all about seeing the research mission from different angles, and being involved in strategic planning at an institutional level,” added Dr. Michael Lipsett, UAP Press Committee Chair.

About the University of Alberta Press
The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada. www.uap.ualberta.ca

About the University of Alberta Libraries
University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves.  It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources. http://www.library.ualberta.ca

Contacts:

Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta
gerald.beasley@ualberta.ca

Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press
linda.cameron@ualberta.ca, 780-318-0717

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FAQs RE: University of Alberta Libraries to increase support for U of A Press

1.    What is new?
The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will now report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL).

2.    What is the purpose of this change?
Academic presses and libraries share a mission to support the research life cycle. Because of innovations in scholars’ research methods and the use of digital technologies in both fields, presses and libraries have an increasing number of opportunities to collaborate in the dissemination of new knowledge. This change will facilitate that collaboration at the University of Alberta. Specifically, the Libraries’ resources will be available to support the Press’s business and strategic plans, and library and press staff will share and benefit from each other’s expertise more easily.

 3.    What will be different?
Most stakeholders will not notice any change at all.  UAP will continue to report to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, but through University of Alberta Libraries instead of Learning Services.

4.    What will be the same?
·       The imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure and staffing of UAP are not affected by this change.
·       The organizational structure and job descriptions at UAP are not affected by this change.
·       The Press Committee will remain in place, with the same mandate and constitution.
·       The UAP entity and branding will be maintained.
·       All mailing and contact information will remain the same.

5.    When will this change take effect?
April 1, 2017

6.    Is the timing of this change related to the search for a new Press Director and Publisher?
Yes. Press Director Linda Cameron has announced her plan to leave her position on August 31, 2017.  The forthcoming posting for a new Press Director and Publisher will reflect this change.

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