Monday, March 13, 2017

University of Alberta Libraries Increases Support for University of Alberta Press

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Edmonton, AB – The University of Alberta Press (UAP), currently an academic unit of Learning Services, will report to the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) as of April 1, 2017.

“University librarians and publishers are natural collaborators, although we participate in the academic mission in different ways” said UAP Director Linda Cameron. “I welcome this initiative, which will allow the Press to be more involved in innovative projects with our library colleagues. At the same time, UAP remains an independent entity: the Press’s imprint, mandate, academic independence, structure, and staffing will be unchanged.”

The University of Alberta Press is an award-winning contemporary university press, working at the academic core of the U of A’s mission.  As Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian Gerald Beasley explained, “University libraries throughout North America are increasingly offering their support to researchers at every stage of the research life cycle.  An outstanding press like UAP is an essential part of this support. Under the new arrangement library and press staff will also be able to share and benefit from each other’s resources and expertise more easily.”

“The change is all about seeing the research mission from different angles, and being involved in strategic planning at an institutional level,” added Dr. Michael Lipsett, UAP Press Committee Chair.

About the Press
The University of Alberta Press publishes in the areas of biography, history, language, literature, natural history, regional interest, travel narratives and reference books. With hundreds of scholarly and trade books, UAP contributes to the intellectual and cultural life of Alberta and Canada.

About the University of Alberta Libraries
University of Alberta Libraries is committed to supporting the university’s academic mission by continuing to develop and maintain a world class library system that is open, sustainable and responsive to the many communities it serves.  It has a recognized expertise in large scale digital initiatives and many outstanding collections of print, archival and electronic resources. 


Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, University of Alberta

Linda Cameron, Director, University of Alberta Press, 780-318-0717

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