Friday, May 10, 11:15am-12:15pm
Room: Canfor Policy Room (1600)

Presenters: Annie Johnson, Temple University Libraries and Press; Meredith Carruthers, Concordia University Press; Liz Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press; Liz Bedford, Verletta Kern, and Elliott Stevens, University of Washington Libraries; Beth Fuget, University of Washington Press (moderator)

Description: New platforms offer opportunities for publishers to experiment with different forms of scholarly output and serve emerging campus needs. This is true not only because of the capacities offered by the platform itself, but also because the process of adopting a new technology can serve as a catalyst for new collaborations and procedures. In this session, organized by the Association of University Press’s Library Relations Committee, library and press staff from some of the institutions involved in the Manifold pilot program will discuss our experiences using the platform. We’ll talk about the kinds of projects we’re developing, including open books, open educational resources, and classroom projects. We’ll also touch on such points as the cross-campus discussions that have developed in the process of adopting the platform, how we’ve identified needs it might serve, what kinds of procedures and documentation we’re putting in place to use it, our goals for the pilot, and how we’re thinking about assessment.

Manifold is a new publishing platform developed by the University of Minnesota Press, the CUNY CG Digital Scholarship Lab, and Cast Iron Coding. The focus of the session will be not so much on this particular platform, however, as on what the process of adopting a new platform makes possible.