Brown University is pleased to participate in an international, multi-centered conversation regarding the future of the academic monograph to be held during Academic Book Week, November 9-16, 2015. The panel discussion, entitled “The Academic Book of the Future,” will take place in the Pembroke Hall third floor event space (PH305) on Monday, November 16, 2015 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.
The discussion will be moderated by Sheila Bonde, Brown University Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture and Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World.
The publishers and editors participating in the panel discussion are:
- Amy Brand, Director of the MIT Press
- Anne Brackenbury, Executive Editor, Higher Education Division, University of Toronto Press
- Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director for Publishing, American Mathematical Society
- Sarah Lippincott, Program Director, Educopia Institute
The panelists will discuss how today’s technological, social, and intellectual changes are leading to a more permeable, digital model of publication. This event is part of the University’s 2015-2016 lecture series, “New Directions in Scholarly Publishing and the Challenges of Evaluation,” co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Brown University Library.
The idea for the Academic Book Week debate was initiated by Oxford University and the Academic Book of the Future Project. Each panelist will present a 10-15-minute position statement followed by responses and conversation among the panelists. After the panelists’ initial statements and responses, Dr. Bonde will open the discussion to all attendees.
Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as Vice President of Academic and Research Relations and Vice President for North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand serves on the Duraspace Board of Directors, was a founding member of the ORCID Board, and regularly advises on key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.
Anne Brackenbury is Executive Editor in the Higher Education Division of the University of Toronto Press. Anne has over 20 years of experience in the academic end of the book industry and has played a variety of roles: bookseller, publisher sales representative, copy editor, Acquiring Editor, and Executive Editor. While Anne believes in the enduring power of books, she sees plenty of new opportunities for academics to both complement and extend their reach by engaging in new collaborative models of scholarly communication.
Robert M. Harington is the Associate Executive Director of Publishing at the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Robert has the responsibility for driving strategic growth and management of the AMS Publishing Program for books, journals, and electronic products. Robert also serves on the MathJax Steering Committee. Robert came to the AMS from the American Institute of Physics (AIP), where he served as Publisher, successfully leading AIP’s move away from its traditional role as a provider of publishing services, moving on to focus on serving the publishing needs of its member societies and AIP’s own journals. He has forged an international career working in both non-profit and commercial settings, with rich experience across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Robert holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oxford, and a first-class honors degree in chemistry from the University of London.
Sarah Lippincott is the Program Director for the Library Publishing Coalition, a community-led membership association whose mission is to support a broad range of publishing activities in academic and research libraries. She is a librarian with a background in scholarly communications and the humanities. She received her MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in the College of Letters and French Studies from Wesleyan University. Before joining the LPC, she worked as an independent communications consultant for ARL, SPARC, and the open access journal eLife. Her professional interests include the intersection of scholarly communications and undergraduate teaching and learning; digital scholarship; and how librarians can facilitate new forms of scholarly inquiry.
Sheila Bonde, Moderator:
Sheila Bonde an archaeologist and architectural historian specializing in the study of medieval sites and their representation. She is currently Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, and Professor of Archaeology. Sheila has excavated in England, France and Israel, and currently directs the MonArch excavation and research project in northern France at the Augustinian abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes in Soissons, the Carthusian house at Bourgfontaine and the Cistercian monastery at Notre-Dame d’Ourscamp.
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m. discussion, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. reception
Location: Room 305, Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Providence