Book Business helped celebrate University Press Week by asking the directors of six university presses What do you feel is the best way to steer a university press successfully into the future in this age of rapid technological change? The resulting report offers opinions about the future from Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press;Leila W. Salisbury, Director, University Press of Mississippi; Peter Dougherty, Director, Princeton University Press; Darrin Pratt, Director, University Press of Colorado; Jim McCoy, Director, University of Iowa Press; and Meredith Babb, Director, University Press of Florida.
Editor’s note: This article is a nice compliment to the recent Charleston Conference plenary session entitled The Twenty-First Century University Press: Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future that featured Leila Salisbury, Alison Mudditt, and Douglas Armato, Director of the University of Minnesota Press. Viewing the video of this plenary session and reading the article will give you some real insight into the future of the university press.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.