WEBSITE AND COMMONS
The Association’s website at www.aupresses.org is our entirely public-facing site, showcasing our members and the value and values of university presses. Highlights of the site include our mission statement translated into nearly 30 languages, a growing “Resources” index to help users locate both open and member-restricted materials, and an expanding library of career resources at the new Jobs List.
Member resources, including the ability to post job listings, are accessible via sites within the UP Commons space—allowing members to maintain a single log-in identity for AUPresses community collaborations, members-only resources, and restricted benefits, as well as across their professional identity in any disciplinary space within the Humanities Commons network.
The site hosting capacity of UP Commons allows the Association to support free-standing public sites there, as well. These include the committee-designed homes for the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show and the Ask UP author education resource. The online edition of Best Practices for Peer Review Handbook, and this very Annual Report are also supported on the UP Commons platform.
A monthly newsletter providing updates on Association programs, activities, and news from the membership, along with a slate of recommended reads from industry publications, the bulletin is distributed via email to subscribed staff at member presses.
The decision was taken to suspend the publication of the Association’s annual print Directory in 2022. The data and technology infrastructure on which the legacy directory was produced requires an innovative overhaul to ensure that a future version of the directory serves the needs of our members and community partners going forward. Over the coming year, our wider community can expect to hear from the Association on what information and affordances in a membership directory will hold the most value.
THE DIGITAL DIGEST
In early 2022, the Association relaunched the Digital Digest, a public blog that serves as a channel for news and perspectives from around our community. In addition to migrating the blog archives to a new home on UP Commons, fresh content includes the 2021 cross-pollinator reports, a Ukraine resource compilation, and more.