Academic Book Week at the University of Liverpool

Throughout Academic Book Week, which will run from Monday, 9 to Friday, 13 November 2015, academics within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool will hold a series of events and activities inviting us to reflect on the changing shape of the academic book in the 21st century. Read more below and use the event links to register.

Academic Book Week Launch Event

Monday, 9 November, from 2.00-3.30pm in the School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercromby Square

This event provides an insight into key issues regarding the academic book, as well as an overview of all the events taking place during the week at the University of Liverpool. The keynote speaker will be Simon Tanner of King’s College, London, and member of the Academic Book of the Future project. Simon will speak on the topic of ‘The Academic Book of the Future and Communities of Practice’. Respondents will be Charles Forsdick and Claire Taylor of the University of Liverpool, who will respond from the perspectives of Translating Cultures and Digital Transformations, respectively.  Register for the event launch.

Modern Languages Open (MLO): Writing Sprint

Monday, 9 November to Friday, 13 November, online at the Modern Languages Open website

Colleagues in Modern Languages in Liverpool coordinate a Writing Sprint that draws together experts in Modern Languages from around the UK and beyond. The Writing Sprint will be focused around the key topic of  Modern Languages and the Digital, and will explore how digital technologies are changing the shape of Modern Languages research and publishing.

The form of a Writing Sprint will allow for new ways of thinking about not just the content of what is written, but also about the process, as new ways of thinking the peer review process and the writing process take place.

Writing Sprint begins on Monday, 9 November, with seven commissioned pieces of c.500 words from experts in their field who address a particular question within the overall topic. During the week, respondents to each question will dialogue with each piece, nuance it, and shape the debate. By the end of the week, a finalized book chapter will have emerged, which will subsequently be published on Liverpool University Press’s MLO platform.

Come along to the blog at our MLO website during the week to see how an academic chapter takes shape. You can also submit comments yourself but please note that these will be moderated before publication.  Register to participate in the Sprint.

Tweet Your Academic Book competition

Monday, 9 November to Friday, 13 November, online at Liverpool University Press (LUP) on Twitter

Throughout the week Liverpool University Press will invite academics at universities throughout the UK to join in their ‘Tweet Your Academic Book’ event. Running from 9.00am on 9 November until 5.00pm on 12 November, we invite academics to be creative and to tweet, in a maximum of 140 characters, the essence of their recent or forthcoming book. Tweets should include mention of @LivUniPress. At the end of the week the best entry will win £100-worth of LUP books.  Register here to tweet your entry.

Engagement with your Academic Book: Grow Kudos and Social Media

Tuesday, 10 November, from 3.00-4.00pm in the School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercromby Square

This session focuses on ways to promote your academic book via Kudos and social media. Charlie Rapple from Kudos will speak at the event, along with Anthony Cond from Liverpool University Press.  Register for 'Grow Kudos and Social Media'.

Open Access in Humanities & Social Sciences: New Forms of Publishing

Wednesday, 11 November, from 2.00pm-4.00pm, Lecture Theatre 5, Rendall Building

Amy Bourke-Waite of Palgrave MacMillan will speak about open access monographs, and will also give insights into book proposals in general. A representative from Liverpool University Press will give their perspective and a representative from the Library will speak briefly about open access options available at the university, including reference to open access and the next REF. Register for 'New Forms of Publishing'.

‘Using Primary Sources’ e-textbook: institution partnership publishing to support the student experience

Thursday, 12 November, at 10.00am in the Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library

This session will focus on how academics, librarians and a university press can work together to create an open access academic book that supports students and adds value to their learning experience. ‘Using Primary Sources’ is a JISC funded e-textbook project currently being developed by the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, University of Liverpool Library and Liverpool University Press. This one-hour session will discuss how the project started, its progress to date and how this model can be developed further to offer more open access publications for the student.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Barker (Head of Academic Liaison, Special Collections & Archives, University of Liverpool Library)
  • Dr Jon Hogg (Senior Lecturer, Department of History)
  • Alison Welsby (Editorial Director, Liverpool University Press)

Register for 'Using Primary Sources'.

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