Research activity in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has grown fast in recent years, and below are some highlights from the last few months. We have a number of new PhD students starting with us this September, as well as a new cohort of students on the MA in Book History and Publishing Culture.
Lydia Lantzsch, a PhD student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, joined the first ever summer school course run by the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library. With the title, ‘Bibliography and the study of paper’, the course took place in July 2012. Ten participants from seven different countries spent five intensive days exploring the evidence that paper can provide and how that evidence can be used to date and investigate manuscripts and early printed books.
Lydia wrote a piece about the course for the Bodleian newsletter, Outline, and a PDF of her article is available.
UKSG* is an international association with the mission to ‘connect the information community’ and to ‘encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication’. It consists of 500 member organizations uniquely spanning the information community of librarians, publishers, information suppliers, intermediaries and technology vendors.
UKSG runs a prestigious annual conference and exhibition, which this year was held in Glasgow in March. It also publishes a peer-reviewed journal Insights. Every year the group sponsors up to four students enrolled in Publishing or Library Studies to attend the conference and exhibition in exchange for a review of the event. This review is later published in an edition of Insights. This year two students from Oxford Brookes University, Jennifer Lovatt and Lydia Lantzsch, attended. You can read more about their impressions on the conference and the exhibition´s activities, in the following review:
*Originally UKSG stood for the United Kingdom Serials Group. Now that its geographic appeal has grown beyond the UK, and its scope has broadened to include ebooks, elearning and other e-resources as well as serials and ejournals, it has stopped expanding the acronym.
Jane Doe was the professional name used by Nettie (Ada) Lewis (1891–1979) whilst working as a journalist in the 1920s and 1930s. She wrote a regular column ‘Through the Glad Eyes of a Woman’ for the Daily Chronicle and Sunday News. Later she wrote a Health and Beauty page for Woman’s Own. She was a protegée of the socialist journalist and writer Robert Blatchford. Her articles were collected into book format. She also wrote The Enchanted Duchess, a bodice-ripper novel.
The Jane Doe Collection has just been given to the Library at Oxford Brookes and we are very grateful to Jon Korndorffer and Jacques St Clair for donating their grandmother’s papers. We are also indebted to Jon and his wife Mary for a very generous donation of money to pay for cataloguing and conservation.
The English and Science digital projects scooped the Pearson Education epublishing prizes this year. Students taking the epublishing module, an option of the MA publishing course, were fortunate to have Dr Liz Marchant, Head of Publishing - Science and ICT at Pearson Education, judge their work at the end of the semester.
Jill Bentley, an MA in Publishing student, writes about the course trip to the children’s book fair in Bologna (March 2012).
At the start of the Publishing MA, I considered all the book fairs and decided that, as I had little interest in Children's publishing, I would attend Frankfurt and London but give Bologna a miss.
I'm so glad I changed my mind! Bologna was a wonderful experience, particularly as my interest in rights had developed over the course of the MA. Bologna is ideal for learning more about how rights are negotiated and sold - I actually found it easier to chat to people and network, as although everyone is still incredibly busy, there seems to be a slightly more relaxed atmosphere than Frankfurt.
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MA Publishing student Zoe Carroll writes about her experience at the Working in Publishing Day at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
On the morning of our Working in Publishing Day we arrived eager with anticipation and slightly nervous, crowding around the final list of appointments to double check our timetables. The process of signing up for the day had been hotly disputed the previous week, as our student representatives worked hard to ensure everyone would have a fair chance of getting the appointments they wanted. But with 35 industry representatives to choose from there was no shortage of choice or opportunity. I had greedily signed up for the maximum number of sessions, excited by the big names like Penguin, Bloomsbury, Faber and Faber and OUP. Of course, there were also a wealth of smaller publishers, like BrainPop, as well as literary agents and recruitment agencies, who were all well worth a look.
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Osprey Group and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies are delighted to announce a new publishing scholarship for September 2012.
Osprey Group is offering a scholarship of £1,000 to a student taking an MA in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. It will be awarded to a candidate who has a particular interest in specialist niche or genre publishing. The student will also receive the guarantee of a work placement for a minimum of three weeks at the Osprey Group.
Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this new scholarship from Osprey. The award will be of great benefit to a student, and they will be very pleased to have the opportunity to do a placement at such an exciting and innovative publisher.’
Rebecca Smart, CEO of Osprey Group, commented: ‘Over the years we have recruited many excellent people from Oxford Brookes, so we are very pleased to support a student there each year.’
Oxford has now formally launched its bid to become World Book Capital in 2014. The title is an annual award granted by UNESCO which acknowledges the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading.
Oxford has unparalleled resources and a world-renowned economy in place to support a programme of this kind. There are probably more major culturally diverse authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world. You can read a summary of the city’s bid in the attached document.
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Students and staff from the Centre were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Earls Court in April 2012. As in previous years, we had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes and consultancy. Students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms. They also distributed leaflets about the Centre and Oxford’s bid to become World Book Capital in 2014. We ran three well-attended seminars on social media, children’s publishing, and the greening of books. At our reception on the Tuesday afternoon, attended by over 100 people, we marked the forthcoming publication of Adrian Bullock’s Book Production (Routledge) with a cake in his honour.