ATG Star of the Week: Mark Saunders, Director, University of Virginia Press

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Mark SaundersName: Mark Saunders
Title: Director
Organization: University of Virginia Press
Address: Box 400318 Charlottesville VA 22904
Phone: 434-924-6064
Fax: 434-982-2655

Born and lived: D.C area, Philadelphia, New York, Charlottesville

Early life: My father was a diplomat, so I traveled overseas a lot as a child

Professional career and activities: I came up in university presses through sales and marketing, first at Columbia, then Virginia, where I became involved with our electronic imprint, now called Rotunda, at its founding in 2001 and started managing the project in 2004.

Family: My wife, Robin Stafford, is an antiques dealer and we have a daughter and two sons, ages 17, 15, and 13. in my spare time: playing outside, building things, coaching and watching my kids’ sports

Favorite books: All the Kings Men, The Quiet American, The Moviegoer, Dog Soldiers, The Untouchable, among many others

Pet peeves: “This American Life”

Philosophy: Existentialism

Most memorable career achievement: Rotunda, with a whole lot of help

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: I would like to integrate the content workflows of the books and digital side of the Press in a sustainable way.

How/where do I see the industry in five yearsWhile the core values of university presses and what they add to the creation of new scholarship will remain, I think that our community will see a great deal of integration, adoption of shared services, and collaboration with other entities within the next five years. This change will take place at every stage of the publishing process, and even within the larger cycle of scholarly communication. Scale and the pace of change will drive this transformation. Not even the largest presses will enjoy the necessary scale to develop, define, and deliver the content, platforms, and tools by themselves, so all the players, including scholars, societies, presses, and libraries will need to work together even as the presses remain competitive with each other.

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