The Johns Hopkins University Press

2011 Press News Archive


New Project MUSE Platform Goes Live on January 1, 2012

Project MUSE's new combined platform for books and journals will go live on January 1, 2012. At the launch of the new platform, over 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers will be available alongside MUSE's over 500 electronic journals.

MUSE_LogoHighlights of the new Project MUSE platform include:
• Faceted searching, with options to filter search results by subject area, author, and language
• Enhanced browsing by subject area, title, or publisher, across books and journals or filtered by content type
• Powerful new hierarchical subject structure, allowing users to drill down to the most relevant content and encouraging discovery
• Search box on each page of the site, with predictive search terms
• New access icons to help users clearly identify content to which they have paid access through their institution, free sample content, and open access content
• Discovery and research tools at both the book and journal article level, including More by This Author and Related Content links, citation downloading/exporting, and social sharing
• "Search Inside..." feature for both books and journals
• DOIs at title and chapter level for books, article level for journals

At launch on January 1, all of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have immediate full-text access to content from those collections.

MUSE will provide a one-month preview period during January 2012 to allow librarians and scholars to discover the significant breadth and depth of book content available on Project MUSE. At the end of the preview period, January 31, 2012, search results will default to only content to which the searcher has full-text access. At this point, users will have the option to toggle the search to show all available books and journals relevant to a search, if desired. Books will continue to be visible while browsing.

A search box on every page of the site offers users the option of searching both books and journals, or filtering by content type prior to running the search. At the search results level, users may again filter to just books or just journals, as well as to only content for which they have full text access.

Questions about the platform transition may be directed to Project MUSE Customer Support at muse@press.jhu.edu. A preview of the new platform is available on the MUSE beta site at http://beta.muse.jhu.edu.


 

Celebrating the Fifth Edition of a Press Best-Seller, The 36-Hour Day

36-Hour_Day_jacketThe JHU Press and the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will celebrate the publication of the fifth edition of The 36-Hour Day at an event on the Hopkins medical campus on December 7.  A reception and book signing begins at 6:00 p.m. outside the Owens Auditorium in the Koch Cancer Research Building, followed by a talk by the book’s co-author, Dr. Peter Rabins, at 7:00 p.m.

Originally published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day was the first book of its kind. Thirty years later, with dozens of other books on the market, it remains the definitive guide for people caring for someone with dementia.

Now in a new and updated edition, this best-selling book features thoroughly revised chapters on the causes of dementia, managing the early stages of dementia, the prevention of dementia, and finding appropriate living arrangements for the person who has dementia when home care is no longer an option.

Copies of The 36-H our Day will be offered for sale at a special event discount, and co-author Dr. Rabins will be available to sign them.  Other recent books in the Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series, along with other recent books by JHMI faculty, will be for sale.  Many of these authors will be in attendance and available to sign books.

The event is free and open to the public, but an R.S.V.P. is requested to rsvp@press.jhu.edu or 410-516-7902


 

 

Mellon Grant Supports Study of “Patron-Driven Acquisitions” at Libraries

The Johns Hopkins University Press has been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct a study  of “patron-driven acquisitions” (PDA), an increasingly important approach to book purchasing by academic libraries and one that is likely to have a significant impact on book publishers, particularly university presses. The study will be conducted by Press director Kathleen Keane; Joe Esposito, an independent publishing consultant; Kizer Walker, director of collection development at the Cornell University Library; and Terry Ehling, the associate director of Project MUSE

With a PDA system in place, a library patron is able search the catalog for a particular book and, if the title is not in the collection, request that the library purchase it. The approach can reduce operating costs for libraries since the purchase of some titles will be delayed until a patron actually makes a request and, for other titles, there will be no purchase at all. PDA is an evolving practice in the library world and varies among institutions; publishers are understandably concerned about its impact on book sales.

“The publication of scholarly monographs has been under stress for many years,” commented project investigator Joe Esposito on the blog, Scholarly Kitchen. “It is not unusual for a university press to have a total sale of 300 copies for some titles, a number insufficient to cover the costs of editorial acquisition, production, manufacturing, and distribution. Pointing to PDA as a new headache for monograph publishers ignores the fact that the head already aches and that the systems being developed for PDA may be useful for other purposes, including enhanced discovery.”

“PDA has profound implications for university presses,” notes Project MUSE’s Terry Ehling, “and this survey and analysis will be invaluable as presses join the conversation about PDA and plan strategically for its inevitable impact.” 


 

JHU Press Night at the Ivy Book Shop on November 11

Home_Front_BaltimoreMeet some of the Press’s local authors and get a jump on holiday shopping at the Ivy Book Shop’s JHU Press Night on November 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The event at the popular independent book store in north Baltimore is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. 

Outdoor_Sculpture_in_BaltimoreMore than a dozen JHU Press authors will be on hand to meet guests and sign books, including: Gil Sandler (Home Front Baltimore); Cindy Kelly (Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore); Mike Gesker (The Orioles Encyclopedia); Charley Mitchell (Maryland Voices of the Civil War); Michael Olesker(The Colts’ Baltimore); Fraser Smith (Here Lies Jim Crow); Bryan MacKay (Baltimore Trails); Ed Papenfuse (Maryland State Archives Atlas of Historic Maps of Maryland); Frank Mondimore and Patrick Kelly (Borderline Personality Disorder); Sara and Jeff Palmer (When Your Spouse Has a Stroke); Dinah Miller, Annette Hanson, and Steve Daviss (Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work). 

Ivy_Book_Shop_LogoThe Ivy Book Shop is located at 6080 Falls Road, in the Lake Falls Village shopping center at Falls Road and Lake Avenue in Baltimore. 

For more information, call the Ivy at 410-377-2966. 


 

Nobel Prize for JHU’s Adam Riess  Puts “Dark Energy” in the News

Adam_RiessJHU Professor Adam Riess has refused to stay away from dark energy, which in his case is a good thing. The young astronomer is one of a trio to win the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics and share in the $1.49 million award. Riess, 41, says the work has been "an incredibly exciting adventure" and called the announcement unexpected and jaw-dropping. Through his study of a type of exploding star called a Type Ia supernova , Riess discovered that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, driven by a still-unexplained force dubbed, yes, that's right, "dark energy."

Dark_Side_of_the_UniverseTo understand more about "dark energy"—and the universe—the Johns Hopkins University Press has published Dark Side of the Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Fate of the Cosmos by Iain Nicolson. The book is described by the Wall Street Journal as "a lucid essay on the cosmos" and by New Scientist as "a first-class overview for the non-specialist, with enough meaty detail for scientists too." Read more about Dark Side of the Universe and hear Adam Riess speak about winning the Nobel Prize.  

Congratulations and best wishes to our distinguished Hopkins colleague!

 


 

JHU Press Books and Authors at the Baltimore Book Festival

Book_Festival_LogoThe Johns Hopkins University Press, the George Peabody Library, and Sheridan Libraries of JHU will jointly host a variety of literary activities in the exhibit hall and stack room of the historic Peabody Library during 2011 Baltimore Book Festival.  The event will be held in Mount Vernon Place from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The JHU Press Book Sale takes place in the exhibition hall throughout the festival, with Press authors scheduled to meet the public and sign books on all three days. Also planned are activities for children, readings by the JHU Writing Seminars faculty and students, discussions of Peabody Library holdings by members of its Special Collections staff, advice on book collecting and preservation by experts at the Sheridan Libraries, and music in the library.

Read the complete schedule of events planned for the Peabody Library and learn more about about the 2011 Baltimore Book Festival

 


 

Awards Recognize Effective Book Design

Second AtlasA number of recent awards highlight the importance of effective book design to the overall success of the JHU Press publishing program.  “Book and jacket designers as a group are unsung heroes of the book publishing world,” comments Brendan Coyne, JHUP’s exhibits and awards manager. “It takes special skill, artistry, and unflagging patience to design a book properly and we here at Johns Hopkins University Press are honored to work with a group of dedicated professionals who know how to craft attractive, readable, and successful designs.”

BestiarySix JHUP books won prizes in the Washington Book Publishers 2011 Design and Effectiveness Awards competition. Daniel O’Quinn’s Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770–1790; and The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus, by Guillaume Apollinaire, won first-place honors, for typographic text and typographic cover, respectively.  Second-place prizes went to A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems, by Todd J. Cohen, M.D., for technical text; and to Maritime Maryland, by William S. Dudley, for illustrated text. James R. Spotila’s Saving Sea Turtles and C. Renée James’s Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted won third place in illustrated and typographic text, respectively.

At the 25th Annual New York Book Show, the Book Industry Guild of New York honored three JHUP books. Maritime Maryland took first place among professional scholarly books, Walter G. Ellison’s Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia took first place among professional reference books, and Railroads in the African American Experience, by Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., won an award of merit in general trade nonfiction.

Seven_WondersCongratulations to these award-winning designers:

Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770–1790 Martha Sewall

The Bestiary, or Procession of OrpheusGlen Burris

A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems Martha Sewall

Maritime Maryland Glen Burris

Saving Sea Turtles – Amy Ruth Buchanan

Seven Wonders of the Universe That You Probably Took for Granted – Wilma Rosenberger

Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia – Martha Sewall

Railroads in the African American ExperienceKimberly Glyder


 

Project MUSE Beta Site Offers Preview of Integrated Book and Journal Content

Project MUSE has released a beta web site previewing its combined digital book and journal content. The beta site, http://beta.muse.jhu.edu, will be available through the end of this year, allowing scholars, librarians, and students to become familiar with the newly enhanced platform before the changeover to accommodate MUSE’s forthcoming eBook Collections on January 1, 2012.

UPCC_LogoThe beta site showcases Project MUSE’s sophisticated new cross-content, faceted search functionality, and allows browsing of books and journals side-by-side. A powerful new hierarchical subject structure permits users to drill down to the most relevant content, and encourages discovery. Over 300 digital books, from 27 publishers, are available for free sample access on the site during the beta period. The MUSE collections launching in January will encompass over 12,000 book titles from the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC), a collaborative of more than 65 major university presses and related scholarly publishers. The beta site is still in active development, with many additional features planned for inclusion prior to January.

Project MUSE’s beta site also includes the complete content from the nearly 500 distinguished scholarly journals now available on the current MUSE site. Visitors to the beta site will have access to the same content for which they have rights on the current site, via their institutional affiliation and associated subscriptions. New easy-to-follow icons clearly distinguish content which is available in full text to the user, a free sample or open access, or restricted.

The new search functionality on the beta site provides a search box on every page, with an option for the user to search both books and journals or choose just one content type. Once search results are returned, facets allow for further filtering the results by research area, author, language, and content type, and to only material for which the user has full text access. Search results may include journal articles or book chapters, with multiple results from a single book title rolled up into a single cumulative entry. Efforts are ongoing to optimize the search function to return the most relevant results with the best possible speed.

Browsing of book and journal content is available by title, publisher, and research area. MUSE is implementing a new hierarchical structure of academic research areas, promoting discovery of pertinent content while moving from a broad survey through to specific sub-disciplines. With over 12,000 books anticipated for inclusion in MUSE’s initial ebook collections, the new structure will provide a powerfully efficient path to the most needed material.

At the individual book level, users can browse chapter-level snippets and view pertinent details about each title. A “Search Inside This Book” feature allows for discovery within the book content without leaving the title’s main page. Breadcrumbs leading back to the hierarchical research areas provide paths to related books and journals.

Many features are still in development on Project MUSE’s new site and will be released over the next few months. The following will be available by the formal site launch on January 1, 2012, for both books and journal articles: enhanced Related Content links; improved saving, viewing, and exporting of citations; content-integrated “More by this Author” links; and emailing, bookmarking, and sharing capabilities. Support for OpenURL functionality and Shibboleth authentication will also be in place by January 1.

Project MUSE eBook Collections will provide libraries, researchers, and students access to a wealth of high quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE’s essential electronic journal collections in a user-friendly environment with rich discovery features. MUSE books will be released electronically simultaneous with print publication, in PDF format, searchable and retrievable to the chapter level. Frontlist, backlist, interdisciplinary, and subject-specific collections will be available for purchase, with perpetual access rights, unlimited simultaneous usage of book content, no DRM and no restrictions on printing or downloading. COUNTER-compliant usage statistics, as well as free MARC records, will be available for books on MUSE. Details on available collections, purchase options, and prices will be announced no later than October 1, 2011. The new, integrated Project MUSE web site, including book collections, will be live on January 1, 2012. More details are available at http://muse.jhu.edu/ebooks.

Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide.


 

Journal of Democracy Honors JHU Press Editor Henry Y. K. Tom

Henry_TomThe current issue of the Journal of Democracy includes a heartfelt tribute to Henry Tom, the longtime JHU Press executive editor who died unexpectedly in January. The Journal's editors, Marc F. Plattner and Larry Diamond, and scholars Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, and Laurence Whitehead write admiringly of Henry’s 36-year career in scholarly publishing and his crucial role as editor of often-complex projects.  They also describe his guiding hand in the influential publishing activity that accompanied the global resurgence of democracy over the past three and a half decades. 

“During this extraordinary period,” write Plattner and Diamond, “no one in the academic book-publishing industry did more to advance, support, understand, and critically evaluate this scholarly outpouring than Henry Tom. . . . The scholarly partnership between JHUP and the Journal of Democracy was in no small measure a personal collaboration between the two of us as editors and Henry Tom. The Journal, its editorial staff (both past and present), and our diverse readers have been graced by his uncommon wisdom, professionalism, and devotion to scholarship on democracy. He will be sorely missed.”

Read the full text of the Journal's tribute to Henry Y. K. Tom, which appears courtesy of Marc F. Plattner, Larry Diamond, Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, and Laurence Whitehead; copyright 2011 by the National Endowment for Democracy and The Johns Hopkins University Press. Read other comments and remembrances from Henry's friends and colleagues or the JHU Gazette's obituary.


 

Frogs Answer Guide Featured on WAMU's Animal House

Frogs: The Animal Answer Guide was featured on the July 16th edition of The Animal House, a weekly discussion on Washington’s public radio station WAMU 88.5 that explores the latest in animal science, pet behavior, and wildlife conservation.

Host Sam Litzinger interviewed Frogs co-author Michael Dorcas, an associate professor of biology at Davidson College in North Carolina and part of the nation’s brain trust in the study of amphibians. His book, written with the well-known naturalist Whit Gibbons, offers a wealth of facts and insights about frogs and addresses increasingly urgent conservation questions. Many scientists predict that extinction rates experienced by frog species will reach levels not seen in any vertebrate animal group in millions of years.

Orange-Eyed_Tree_FrogThe WAMU conversation ranged from the amazing biology of this amphibian group to the alarming notion that they may be serving as “canaries in the coal mine,” disappearing world wide for reasons that are bound to affect human health.

To hear the interview, click on the picture of Litoria chloris, right, the Orange-Eyed Tree Frog, native to Australia.


 

New Online Home for the Society for Qing Studies

Society for Qing StudiesThe Society for Qing Studies has unveiled a new website for China scholars and subscribers to its companion journal, Late Imperial China (LIC), at http://qing_studies.press.jhu.edu.

“We felt that the Society for Qing Studies needed an on-line home,” commented Tobie Meyer Fong, co-editor of LIC and co-coordinator of the Society along with Janet Theiss. “Our journal had its origins as a bulletin through which scholars in our field could share information about research experiences. Decades later, it really is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The new site will provide scholars with a gathering place through which to share information about research and teaching.”

Late Imperial ChinaThe journal is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and began its 32nd volume this spring. The new site aims to foster greater dialogue among scholars in the field beyond the two journal issues published each year. Visitors to the site can sign up for a new listserv administered by the Society which will keep subscribers apprised of new research, awards, conferences, and other key developments.

The site contains information for authors and prospective subscribers as well as a number of research resources collected by the Society. Links to relevant sites and databases are available along with a definitive guide to Romanization for LIC submissions.

“We look forward to seeing how people use this new resource and to working with colleagues across the world to foster communication among scholars of China's Late Imperial period,” Meyer-Fong said.


 

HFS Launches Digital Services Program

Hopkins Fulfillment Services (a division of the JHU Press also known HFS) has announced plans to offer an array of new publishing-related services that will be known as HFS Digital. As a distributor of print books for university presses and non-profit institutions, HFS is taking a necessary leap forward by expanding its service offerings to reflect the advances in digital publishing and content distribution.

HFS LogoHFS Digital will provide HFS clients with additional print-on-demand and digital short-run choices, and it will address the growing need for e-book services by offering digital asset distribution to 40 vendors, conversion services, and, most importantly, single-title direct-to-consumer e-book sales. The ability to offer direct-to-consumer e-book sales is the result of a partnership with Sheridan Books’ new Electronic Content Services division. The 13 clients represented by HFS will now have the option to sell scholarly works and monographs, often not suited for commercial e-book vendors, direct from their respective websites. Looking to the future, HFS hopes to soon offer e-book rentals and chapter level sales (or chunking).

“The book industry is changing rapidly,” says Davida Breier, Manager of Hopkins Fulfillment Services, “and book distributors and support industries must change with it.  We feel that, as a modern book distributor, we must alter our business models (and mindsets) and focus on the overall concept of distributing content instead of focusing solely on format.”

HFS Digital began rolling out its new services in May 2011 and plans to have the completed program in place by January 2012. Since 1977 Hopkins Fulfillment Services has provided order processing, collection management, warehousing, and fulfillment for a distinguished and growing list of university presses and nonprofit institutions. HFS currently represents 13 clients, including Johns Hopkins University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Washington Press, Georgetown University Press, Brookings Institution Press, University Press of Kentucky, Catholic University of America Press, and University of Massachusetts Press.


Henry Y. K. Tom, Executive Editor, The Johns Hopkins University Press

Henry TomOn January 10, 2011, the Johns Hopkins University Press was saddened to learn that long-time executive editor Henry Tom had died.  Henry’s contributions to publishing and scholarship were many and well known.  He held a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in early modern European history.  He joined the Johns Hopkins Press as social sciences editor in 1974, after four years as history and political science editor at the University of Chicago Press.  As social sciences editor at Johns Hopkins, Henry acquired in all subfields of history, including U.S. history, European history, history of technology, and history of medicine.  He also diversified the political science list beyond its international relations core.  He published books in economics and spearheaded exploratory lists in sociology and religious studies.  Henry also consulted for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Association for Documentary Editing, the Center for American Places, the Professional and Scholarly Publishers division of the Association of American Publishers, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.  In his thirty-six years at Johns Hopkins, Henry was the editor for more than 1,000 books published by the Press. Henry will be missed by his friends and colleagues at the Press and by the many authors whose work benefited from his intelligence, his dedication, and his exceptional editorial instincts.

Read the JHU Gazette's obituary about Henry Tom.

JHU Press Wins Two Prestigious 2010 PROSE Awards

Two JHU Press publications are winners of the prestigious 2010 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards).  Mammal Teeth: Origin, Evolution, and Diversity, by Peter S. Ungar, won the PROSE Award for Excellence in the Biological Sciences category.   The Journal of Late Antiquity received the PROSE Award for Best New Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  The awards were presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) during the PSP Annual Conference at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2011. 

“We are pleased and honored that these important JHU Press publications have been recognized by the scholarly publishing community,” remarked Press director Kathleen Keane, who attended a special awards luncheon at the conference.

Mammal TeethMammal Teeth provides an impressive and comprehensive exploration of the evolution of mammals, including humans, through the prism of dental change. Synthesizing decades of research, Professor Ungar reveals the interconnections among mammal diet, dentition, and evolution.  He describes how the simple conical tooth of early vertebrates became the molars, incisors, and other forms seen in mammals today.  The author is Distinguished Professor and chair of anthropology at the University of Arkansas.  The book was acquired for the JHU Press by executive editor Vincent J. Burke.

Journal of Late AntiquityThe Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA) is the first international English-language journal dedicated to the study of late antiquity writ large. With the goal of  highlighting the status of late antiquity as a discrete historical period in its own right, JLA provides a venue for multidisciplinary coverage of all the methodological, geographical, and chronological facets of the relevant scholarship. Ralph W. Mathisen, professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, serves as the journal’s managing editor.  It was acquired for publication at JHU Press by journals publisher William M. Breichner.

The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry. AAP’s more than300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and nonprofit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies.  A complete list of the 2010 Prose Award winners is available at proseawards.com/current-winners.html.


More Awards for JHU Press Publications

Books and journals recently published by the JHU Press continue to earn awards for excellence and for their contributions to scholarship.

Forest on The SeaA Forest on the Sea: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice, by Karl Appuhn, won the American Historical Association’s Henry Baxter Adams Prize and the Forest History Society’s C. A. Weyerhaeuser Award. The American Catholic Historical Association awarded its 2010 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize to Sharon T. Strocchia’s Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence. The American Journal of Nursing honored two Hopkins books as 2010 Books of the Year: American Nursing, by Patricia D’Antonio, and Officer, Nurse, Woman, by Kara Dixon Vuic.

At its annual meeting in February, the Society for French Historical Studies awarded its Gilbert Chinard Prize to Encountering Revolution: Haiti and the Making of the Early Republic, by Ashli White. This annual award goes to the best scholarly book on the history of themes shared by France and North, Central, and South America. White's first book, Encountering Revolution examines the ways Americans—black and white, northern and southern, Federalist and Democratic Republican, pro- and antislavery—pondered the implications of the Haitian Revolution at a foundational moment in American history.

Additionally, eight JHU Press books were included in Choice Magazine’s 2010 Outstanding Academic Titles: Urban Carnivores, by Stanley D. Gehrt et al.; The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model, by S. Nassir Ghaemi; What about Darwin?, by Thomas F. Glick; Railroads in the African American Experience, by Theodore Kornweibel, Jr.; King Philip’s War, by Daniel R. Mandell; Europe’s Destiny, by Attila Marján; The Biology of Small Mammals, by Joseph F. Merritt; and Looking for a Few Good Males, by Erika Lorraine Milam.

Studies in American FictionOn the Journals side of the house, an article in the first issue of the relaunched Studies in American Fiction journal received an award from ProQuest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP). Sari Edelstein’s article “'Metamorphosis of the Newsboy’: E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand and the Antebellum Story-Paper” was named Best Article on American Periodicals Published in a Peer-reviewed Journal in 2010 by a Pre-tenure or Independent Scholar. It appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of SAF, which is published by JHU Press under the leadership of new editors Maria Farland and Duncan Faherty. The award will be presented to Edelstein at the American Literature Association convention in late May, where she will take part in a panel discussion of the issues raised by her paper.

 

 


Outdoor Sculpture and Open House Highlight JHU Press Spring Events Calendar

Outdoor Sculpture in BaltimoreThe JHU Press will host a full schedule of enjoyable and enlightening events in the spring 2011 season. Highlights include an April celebration of Cindy Kelly’s new book, Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore: A Historical Guide to Public Art in the Monumental City. The Press will also host an Open House in May to showcase its recently completed renovation.

A reception and book talk for Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore takes place on April 6 at the Evergreen Carriage House in Baltimore. A reception and book signing begins at 6:00 p.m. and includes a display of photographs by Edwin Harlan Remsberg, which are featured in the book. A talk follows at 7:00 p.m. with JHU favorite Cindy Kelly discussing the history, current state, and preservation needs of Baltimore’s remarkable inventory of outdoor public sculpture. This event is cohosted with the Friends of the JHU Libraries and Evergreen Museum & Library. Admission is free, but an RSVP is requested to rsvp@press.jhu.edu.

The Press’s popular lunch and lecture series at the Johns Hopkins Club resumes on March 15 when ornithologist Walter G. Ellison discusses the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Other speakers in the series this season are Dr. John R. Burton on April 19, discussing Taking Charge of Your Health; William S. Dudley on May 24, discussing Maritime Maryland; and Ralph E. Eshelman on June 21, discussing A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. and costs $20 per person. Hopkins Club members contact the Club to make reservations; nonmembers contact Jack Holmes to attend as a Friend of the Press.

A high point of the spring events calendar is the Press’s Open House on May 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Celebrating the completion of the two-year renovation of the Press’s main building—an 1897 former church in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood—the event will feature guided tours, light refreshments, and the opportunity to meet Press staff and authors. 

For more information about upcoming events, exhibits, and author appearances, see the Press Calendar or contact Jack Holmes.



Project MUSE and UPeC Announce Landmark E-Book Initiative

Project MUSEProject MUSE, the online collection of scholarship managed by JHU Press, and the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) have announced plans to join forces to create an extensive online collection of scholarly book content. The merger of previously separate e-book initiatives will be known as the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) and will launch its first online book collection on January 1, 2012, as a new feature of Project MUSE.

“This is a great moment,” said Kathleen Keane, director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, home of Project MUSE. “By bringing these two initiatives together, we have taken a major step forward to ensure the ongoing viability of university presses.”

The partnership allows e-books from an anticipated 60-70 university presses and non-profit scholarly presses—representing as many as 30,000 frontlist and backlist titles—to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on MUSE.

“Our user community will benefit greatly from the integrated research opportunities presented by putting university press book content alongside journal collections,” said Dean Smith, director of Project MUSE. “Publishers and authors will see their books exposed to MUSE’s installed base of several million scholars, researchers, and students across the globe.”

“The University Press Content Consortium will be the online destination for peer-reviewed university press scholarship,” said Steve Maikowski, director of the New York University Press and one of the press directors spearheading UPeC. “The efficiencies and cost savings resulting from this collaboration will bring far more revenue to participating presses than current third-party models,” he said. “Because both initiatives are university-press based, there is a strong mission alliance.”

The merger is part of a multimillion-dollar commitment to the ongoing growth and expansion of Project MUSE, according to director Dean Smith. “By leveraging the MUSE brand and investing in technology that ensures the program’s future performance, we can grow at a rapid pace while continuing our 15-year tradition of providing quality scholarly content at a fair price.”

Representatives of UPeC and Project MUSE worked closely with librarians over the past two years to develop a scholarly e-book model that benefits both libraries and presses. Incorporating extensive research and feasibility analysis from both groups, the UPCC Collections will be sold by MUSE in comprehensive and subject-based collections, with minimal digital rights management.

Research on the feasibility of a university press–based scholarly e-book initiative was commissioned by the UPeC directors in 2009 with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Working from the outset with two groups of highly experienced consultants—Informed Strategies, which surveyed the needs of the library community, along with Chain Bridge Group, which developed and tested the business model—UPeC began its search for a business partner three months ago. While a number of potential partners offered exciting opportunities, JHUP’s success in balancing the interests of publishers and librarians informed UPeC’s selection of MUSE, according to Maikowski.

Content integration, collaboration, and sustainability have emerged as watchwords from this new alliance.

“The creation of UPCC signals a new era of inter-university press collaboration,” said Alex Holzman, director of Temple University Press and one of the founding directors of UPeC. “In these challenging times, presses need to acknowledge one of their key strengths—excellent scholarship—and work together to be able to disseminate this scholarship as widely as possible.”

Keane agrees. “This is a significant and transformative moment in the world of scholarly publishing,” she said. “It bodes well for the future of university presses."

About the University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC)
The University Press e-book Consortium (UPeC) emerged in 2009 to explore the feasibility of a university press–based e-book initiative. Five press directors serve as UPeC principals: Steve Maikowski, New York University Press; Alex Holzman, Temple University Press; Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press; Eric Halpern, University of Pennsylvania Press; and Donna Shear, University of Nebraska Press. UPeC planning and development was supported by two grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

About Project MUSE
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science periodical content; since 1995, its electronic journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the sole source of complete, full-text versions of journal titles from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 100 publishers currently participating.


 

Gregory M. Britton Appointed Editorial Director at JHU Press

Greg BrittonGregory M. Britton, who has led the publishing program at the Getty Museum and related institutions since 2008, has been appointed editorial director at the Johns Hopkins University Press. When he joins the staff on May 16, Britton becomes a senior member of the Press's Executive Committee and assumes leadership of the Books Division's editorial department of ten full-time editors and assistants responsible for acquiring and publishing approximately 200 new titles annually.  He replaces Trevor Lipscombe, who had served as the Press's editor-in-chief and was appointed director of the Catholic University of America Press in the fall of 2010.

“Greg Britton has a terrific track record as an editor and publisher, and he will bring vision and energy to his new role as our editorial director,” commented JHU Press director Kathleen Keane. “Greg has demonstrated a strong commitment to the publishing community through admirable service and leadership in the AAUP (the Association of American University Presses) and the AAP (the Association of American Publishers). He shares our staff's enthusiasm for the traditional values and aesthetics of print publishing, and his expertise will help us navigate the exciting digital future of books. We are very pleased to welcome Greg and his family to the JHU Press and to Baltimore.”

Prior to his appointment at Johns Hopkins, Britton directed the Getty Publications program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the largest museum publishing program in North America, which includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.  During his tenure, he expanded Getty's publishing partnerships with European museums, launched the Getty Research Journal, and created an ambitious digital initiatives plan.  Before that he was director of the Minnesota Historical Society Press, where he oversaw a significant expansion of the publishing program and a resulting increase in sales and visibility.  Britton is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and was working on a Ph.D. in American history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, when he began his career in publishing.

“This is a challenging time in publishing, and I admire the tremendous innovation I see at JHU Press,” said Britton. “I am eager to join the Hopkins staff and look forward to helping shape their role in the future of scholarly communications.”

Established in 1878, the Johns Hopkins University Press is America's oldest university press and one of the world's largest, publishing 70 scholarly journals and nearly 200 new books each year.  The Press's award-winning publications in history, science, literary studies, political science, and medicine reach a worldwide audience of scholars, students, and general readers.  The Press also manages Project MUSE, the acclaimed online collection of scholarly journals which recently announced plans to add scholarly book content in 2012.


 

Book Awards in History and Higher Education

Encountering RevolutionJHU Press publications have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards in recent months, covering several subject areas.  The season began with the presentation by the Society for French Historical Studies of the Gilbert Chinard Prize to Encountering Revolution, by Ashli White. The good news continued as the Renaissance Society of America awarded its first ever Delmas Best Book Prize in Venetian Studies to Karl Appuhn’s A Forest on the Sea (that book’s third award), and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies presented the Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize to William McCarthy for Anna Letitia Barbauld.

April brought three more important prizes:  the American Conference on Irish Studies awarded the Donald Murphy Prize to Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution, by Sean D. Moore; the American Educational Research Association named Ann L. Mullen’s Degrees of Inequality the2011 Outstanding Publication in Post-Secondary Education; and the Maryland Historic Trust gave Maritime Maryland: A History, by William S.Dudley, the 2011 Heritage Book Award.  In May, Maritime Maryland also received the John Lyman Award as the best book in U.S. maritimeMaritime Maryland history, given by the North American Society for OceanicHistory (NASOH) at its annual conference, held this year in Norfolk. And in June, the Dale Brown Book Award, offered by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, went to An Amish Paradox, by Charles E. Hurst and David L. McConnell.  

“Awards given by academic societies and peer scholars are important measures of the impact and influence of the works we publish,” commented Press director Kathleen Keane. “We are enormously proud of these much-deserved awards, and we congratulate our authors, their editors here at the Press, and all our staff who had a hand in publishing these important books.”