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Columbia Missourian

UM Press Advisory Committee discusses series possibility, UM Press workings

By Lizzie Johnson
November 26, 2012 | 5:19 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — An advisory committee for the University of Missouri Press discussed the possibility of a series on scholarly communications Monday.

Scholarly communications are broad, Provost Brian Foster explained after the meeting of the Press Advisory Committee and referred to issues such as plagiarism, copyright issues and privacy acts as discussed in books, journals, manuscripts and symposiums.

Focusing on scholarly communications would be a way of tapping into a niche the press is missing, MU Director of Libraries James Cogswell said.  

Interest in the idea came at least partly from an MU Libraries series of programs on scholarly communications sponsored from 2003 to 2007. Topics included the rising cost of academic journals, copyright issues, privacy acts and adapting to the digital world.

About 100 to 200 people attended the programs, but the series stopped because of a lack of funding, Cogswell said.

The Press Advisory Committee was formed in September to integrate the press with the academic and research missions of MU.

Members also discussed the idea of an international conference on scholarly communications in conjunction with the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

For the majority of the meeting, press Consulting Director Jane Lago and Editor-in-Chief Clair Willcox presented an overview on press history, operating, staffing, budget and publishing prospects. 

The presentation was followed by discussion of different press constituencies, including scholars in fields the press publishes, and faculty members.

Committee discussion of the press editorial board was tabled until the next meeting, which is likely to be in early 2013.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.