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University of Michigan Press and Gabii Project Pioneer New Approach to Collaborative “Book” Publishing

by Charles Watkinson September 27, 2017

The University of Michigan’s excavations of the Early- and Mid-Republican site of Gabii have over the last few years focused attention on the origins of urbanism and rise of Rome, as a successful competitor to the city only 15 miles to the east. Thanks to the leadership of Nicola Terrenato, Marcello Mogetta, and Rachel Opitz the project has also been a pioneer in the application of digital technologies, especially 3D photogrammetry. The Gabii team was thoughtful from the start of the project in envisioning how the application of new tools in field research might be best represented in the final […]

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Interview: Francesca Coppa, “The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age”

by Kathryn Beaton August 29, 2017

Our author Francesca Coppa recently answered questions from our editorial director, Mary Francis, about her new book The Fanfiction Reader: Folk Tales for the Digital Age.    When I first got the manuscript for this book I couldn’t stop reading: some of these writers are just great storytellers.  Was it hard to choose among the fanfic you know and love? Oh, it was brutal, actually; there’s so much terrific fanfiction out there you wouldn’t believe it.  And there’s no way anyone can read all of it.  So I had to set rules very quickly. Length was a big one: these stories […]

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U-M Press Ebook Accessibility Working Group Annual Report

by Charles Watkinson August 9, 2017

U-M Press’ EBook Accessibility Working Group continues to make progress towards increasing the accessibility of the Press’ digital content and user experience. During the last year the group, working with authors and Press editors, created 4 fully-accessible titles (which includes alternative text and long descriptions of all images in the narrative) in the Press’ Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Book Series. The Working Group continues to evaluate and iterate upon the Press’ existing production workflows to make the creation of accessible EBooks an efficient process that can be extended to all U-M Press titles in the future. In addition to its work […]

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LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing Announce Partnership

by Charles Watkinson May 10, 2017

Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the U-M Library (and parent organization of U-M Press), and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS will collaborate to provide sales and administrative support for content and services offered through the platform known as Fulcrum (fulcrum.org), currently under development at Michigan Publishing with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Both parties share a vision of creating new models in order to disseminate digital content and new forms of scholarly output to the scholarly community. LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing will […]

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University of Michigan Hosts Workshop on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications

by Jonathan McGlone December 21, 2016
Photograph of a small group discussion during the Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications Workshop

On December 5 and 6, 2016, the University of Michigan Library and Press, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, hosted a workshop in Ann Arbor on Describing Visual Resources in Arts and Humanities Publications. The description of visual resources is a crucial component of accessible digital publications, as it affords access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading, and improves the sustainability and discoverability of visual content. The purpose of this workshop was to foster dialog among the many groups concerned with describing visual resources—invited experts from academic and […]

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