University presses are facing closures and lack of funding in these difficult economic times. Michael Jensen, director of strategic Web communications for the National Academies Press urged university presses to rethink publication and scholarship:
Scholarship must be “de-linked from print publication,” such that books are “the exception” and no longer the norm for disseminating new scholarship. With colleges and universities unlikely to be providing major budget increases to libraries, the reality is that within a decade “we will be unlikely to be able to sell print books to to libraries at the prices we need to charge,” adding that “it’s crazy to think we can continue to do what we have been doing.”
Following this conference, the AAUP announced a partnership with IPublishCentral to make digital publishing available to membership academic presses.