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Thursday, November 3 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Lifting All Boats: Fostering a Community of Practice for Student Publishers

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Undergraduate and graduate students are increasingly being encouraged to work with faculty and researchers to generate traditional scholarship as well as other types of projects that feature original content. Through this process, students are more frequently taking on roles as researchers, authors, and publishers. Student scholarship and student-run publications are valuable to the scholarly record, representing the nascent activities of the next generation of scholars, but also serving as an academic playground for emergent forms of publishing and media. Furthermore, students who manage publications gain practical skills that transfer to a variety of careers in academia and private industry. However, student publications are often struggling and somewhat invisible. They face many of the same sustainability problems affecting the broader publishing industry and unique problems inherent in student publications. These groups frequently need (and often seek) a combination of professional mentorship and a forum for peer group interactions to advance their publishing goals.

At our respective institutions, we continue to be delighted and impressed by the variety and quality of student-generated media, ranging from traditional scholarly journals, to web-based peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, literary, cultural, and political magazines, and more. Libraries, library publishers, and university presses have the expertise and resources needed to help build a community of practice for student publications. Attendees will learn about models for student engagement and library-press collaboration as a librarian, two publishers, and a student editor share their recent experiences and future aspirations in working together to support the vibrant and diverse publications on their campuses.


Gillian Berchowitz

Director and Editor-in-Chief, Ohio University Press

Marc Blanc

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Jettison Magazine, a student-run publication at Ohio University
Marc is an undergraduate in English at Ohio University. In 2015 he helped start Jettison Magazine, an arts and culture publication that remains student-run. Working with university staff and faculty on issues like copyright and distribution, he has developed a sense of what student journals need from academic faculty and facilities.
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Kate Dohe

Manager, Digital Programs & Initiatives, University of Maryland Libraries
Kate is the Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager at the University of Maryland Libraries, where her department oversees digital collections, the institutional repository, e-Publishing, research data services, digital preservation, and other digital initiatives. Prior to joining UMD, she was the Digital Services Librarian at Georgetown University, and the digital librarian for an academic textbook publisher in California. She earned her MLISc... Read More →
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Laura Leichum

Digital Publishing and Rights Manager, Georgetown University Press
Laura oversees electronic publishing efforts, manages rights and permissions, and pursues co-publications and translations. In general, her job is all about building partnerships and she is interested in exploring the many ways that content creators and publishers such as the GU Press can engage with partners whether on campus, on a national level, or internationally. Prior to her arrival at Georgetown, she was Marketing Manager at... Read More →

Thursday November 3, 2016 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403