Tools fit for purpose: Gabii on Fulcrum

by Charles Watkinson April 2, 2018

You wouldn’t use a fork to eat soup, a saw to cut bread, or a kettle to make stew. But the feeling of having an inappropriate tool for the job is too often the experience of scholars using ebooks. A passion for creating tools that allow specialist users to interact with scholarly publications in a way that is appropriate for their discipline drives the development of University of Michigan Press’s new Fulcrum reading platform, https://www.fulcrum.org, created with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open source software, Fulcrum supports bespoke reading experiences that fit the varying needs of different […]

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Amy Cook (“Building Character”) on the Oscars

by Kathryn Beaton March 1, 2018

Our author Amy Cook, an Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University, recently answered some questions about her new book, Building Character: The Art and Science of Casting.   Films play a prominent role in your book’s examination of casting choices. When you look over the list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in acting, what casting choices stand out as exceptional? Some of these actors originated the roles they are in: there was no other Lady Bird or Elisa Esposito before Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins were cast in those roles. Other actors are […]

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2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Kathryn Beaton February 27, 2018

Ends on September 15, 2018   About the Tobin Siebers Prize Submissions are open now invited for the 2018 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. The prize is awarded in memory of disability studies pioneer and University of Michigan faculty member Tobin Siebers (1954-2015). Siebers was author of many influential books and articles and co-chair of the University of Michigan’s Initiative on Disability Studies. The prize is awarded yearly for the best book-length manuscript on a topic of pressing urgency in the field. Reflecting on the work of the scholar the prize commemorates, the competition invites submissions […]

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University of Michigan Press honored for innovation and community leadership

by Charles Watkinson February 2, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is one of three publishers listed as finalists for the UP Redux Award, to be awarded at the University Press Redux Conference hosted by UCL Press and the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (APLSP) in London, UK, on February 13-14, 2018. The UP Redux award recognises an individual, team or press that has made an outstanding contribution to university press publishing through innovation, providing inspiration and visibility for the sector as a whole, and challenging university presses to rethink or evolve their practice. Being a finalist means that UMP has been nominated multiple times by its international peers. Our […]

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2017 Stories of Impact from the Deep Blue Document Repository

by Charles Watkinson January 18, 2018

The Deep Blue document repository provides worldwide, free access to some of the best research U-M has to offer. As part of Michigan Publishing (the publishing division of the U-M Library) it provides a trusted hosting option for University of Michigan faculty members and graduate students who wish to make their work discoverable and citable over the long term. In 2017 the 115,000 items in Deep Blue documents were downloaded 10.8 million times. As Deep Blue coordinator Jim Ottaviani notes, “it’s difficult to know what will have an impact, of course, which is why Deep Blue seeks out and hosts […]

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