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date: 2019-11-11T20:11:21.024Z
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title: A Thing Happened
date: 2019-10-24T14:23:41.310Z
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title: Update from the Lever Press Annual Meeting
date: 2019-09-24T14:23:41.310Z
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## Yesterday, the thing happen
Lever Press conducts much of the business of governance virtually since our leaders and operations are scattered across North America. The Editorial Board and the Oversight Committee each meet monthly via Zoom, supplemented by copious e-mail, phone traffic, and online document editing (not to mention the annual membership meeting in the Fall). But once a year in late summer, the Board and the Committee come together in person with staff for a two-day meeting at the University of Michigan, hosted by our partners, Michigan Publishing. This year we met on August 13th and 14th.
The two days are organized into separate and joint meetings of the two groups so that the groups can build relationships as separate entities with separate roles in the organization, but also together–along with the staff of the press–as the leadership of the organization. The core of the meeting was consideration of the final report from TBI Consulting and, based on that set of recommendations, development of plans for Phase 2 of Lever Press, since the first round of funding ends in December 2020. We discussed what we had learned from these first years of planning and operation, and considered membership models that will enable us to fulfill our goals for the next few years as we transition from experimental venture to sustainable operations. We also came up with the messaging that we think will be successful in building a firm base amongst stakeholders: those libraries (and their administrations) that have funded the Press from the very beginning; new members who want join in building this innovative press; potential authors who may be looking for a publishing venue like ours; and the wider scholarly community who want access to high quality books for their teaching and research. Expect to hear more about the results of this work at the membership meeting at Bucknell University in October. It wasn’t all hard graft–we also enjoyed meals together and Charles Watkinson of Michigan Publishing kindly arranged for us to hear a presentation from Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Michigan State University, who shared ideas from her book Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). If you are interested in a sustainable future for American higher education and scholarly communication, and if you are reading this newsletter and supporting Lever Press then I am sure you are, it is a book well worth reading.
—Jonathan Miller, Chair of the Oversight Committee
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title: From the Director
date: 2019-09-27T14:29:55.200Z
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I am excited to share that we are preparing our first catalog here at Lever Press and we will release it in October! We will be announcing 7 new titles that will come out this academic year. Five of the titles have authors or contributors from Lever Press consortium member campuses. The books range in topic from the resurgence of vinyl to race and class in engineering education. I hope that our first batch of titles helps us promote Lever in a way that gets scholars to understand that we will consider any topic as long as it falls in line with the liberal arts ethos of the Press.
I will be attending the National Women’s Studies Association in November to continue to grow our pipeline in this area. January will be a busy conference month for us. I will be on two panels at the American Historical Association; one on OA publishing with our author Stefan Tanaka and another broadly on monograph publishing. I will also attend the Modern Language Association conference in my capacity as a member of the delegate assembly in a seat that is dedicated to publishing issues in the profession. Our new editor will attend the Society for Classical Studies conference, as it is the same weekend as the AHA. The MLA, SCS, and AHA were held at the same time last year and I somehow made it to all three!
The editorial board is hard at work on revising the description of the editorial agenda so that we can produce new promotional material for fall conferences. We will use this as an opportunity to announce our two new series. Once the promotional card is edited and designed, we will send out copies for use on your own campuses.
Currently, I’m the chair of the Acquisitions Committee for the AUPresses and have put together a webinar on Quality in Peer Review. It took place on September 19 for Peer Review Week. We had participation from journal and book editors and addressed issues related to citation politics, peer review of digital and open access projects, and new forms of review. Our charge this year is to revise the AUPresses Handbook on Best Practices for Peer Review. We are also going to develop an inventory of Good Practice for Editorial Board Governance.
I have invited Cheryl Ball to give a talk on Amherst’s campus during Open Access Week next month. I encourage you to think about how you can promote the work of Lever at your own OA Week events
—Beth Bouloukos, Director of Lever Press
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