The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

January 2014 Topic

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Title: Reinventing the University Press
Speakers: John Sherer, Director of the University of North Carolina Press
Where: Davis Library 214 A/B
When: Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

University presses thrived for much of the 20th century by embracing information scarcity models and creating a cost recovery economic system. But as we move from information scarcity to information abundance, and as the cost-recovery model has withered under fiscal and economic pressure, how does a press adapt? And is there an opportunity amidst the disruption to build a more efficient, more accessible, and more sustainable scholarly publishing program? The new director at UNC Press will discuss how they are facing these challenges, and how through the use of digital workflows and products, they are expanding their publishing program, disseminating scholarship more broadly and with more discoverability than ever before, while simultaneously reducing its prices.

John Sherer was named the seventh director of the University of North Carolina Press in June of 2012. Prior to that, he was the publisher of Basic Books in New York and also held the positions of Publisher of Nation Books, member of the AAP Trade Executive Committee, and adjunct professor at New York University’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. He has held marketing positions at Henry Holt, the Brookings Institution and was a manager and buyer at Olsson’s Books and Records in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.