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International Convention of University Presses 2019

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Accessibility: a responsibility and a challenge

The 7th International Convention of University Presses will deal with accessibility from different viewpoints. On one side, university presses have a social responsibility – sometimes legal, frequently institutional, always ethical –as they must make content accessible for all types of readers in different situations. On the other side, there are technical obstacles that make it difficult to reach their target audience.

Discussing the relevant questions of today and tomorrow

  • Which strategies should be followed so that content can be disseminated?
  • What are the various types of access, and what are the challenges and opportunities associated with each of them?

  • What are the legal frameworks and obligations that have to be taken into account in the distribution strategies?

  • How can metadata for accessible products be created?
  • Which pricing strategies should be pursued?

 

Looking back: International Convention of University Presses

Expand your global network

After six successful editions, the International Convention of University Presses has already consolidated as one of the highlights of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. 

In the previous years, the Convention has reunited more than 400 professionals in academic publishing worldwide from more than 22 countries. The International Convention of University Presses brings a new opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new trends in international academic publishing.

Born as an initiative of Latin American networks including university presses and the Frankfurt Book Fair, the International Convention is a worldwide opportunity to present and create interaction among national and regional networks of University Presses, and to provide a platform for discussions on common issues in academic publishing at international level.

The Convention will establish a meeting point for the exchange of ideas and reflection, where relevant topics of academic publishing are engaged, such as: common practices of the exchange of experience, commercialization, co-edition, license trade, information dissemination in the academic world, etc.

Our speakers and programme 2019

Hugo Setzer

Hugo Setzer - President - International Publishers Association

At present Hugo Setzer is President of the International Publishers Association, where he also served as Vice-President for the term 2017-2018 and on its Executive Committee from 2004 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2018.

At present Hugo Setzer is President of the International Publishers Association, where he also served as Vice-President for the term 2017-2018 and on its Executive Committee from 2004 to 2010 and from 2013 to 2018.

Hugo Setzer was raised in a bicultural, trilingual home. He is both Mexican and German. He is, since 1990, CEO of Manual Moderno, which is a leading publishing house in the fields of medicine and psychology in Spanish language, based in Mexico City and with subsidiary offices in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the National University in Mexico and an MBA degree from the IPADE Business School.

Julie Fairweather

Dr Julie Fairweather - Director - Canada Book Fund

Julie Fairweather has been a public servant in the Federal Government of Canada for the past 17 years. She is currently the director responsible for the Canada Book Fund, a Federal program that supports Canadian independent book publishers and industry associations to make Canadian-authored books available to readers everywhere.

Julie Fairweather has been a public servant in the Federal Government of Canada for the past 17 years. She is currently the director responsible for the Canada Book Fund, a Federal program that supports Canadian independent book publishers and industry associations to make Canadian-authored books available to readers everywhere.

In addition to the Department of Canadian Heritage where she currently works, she has carried out a variety of roles in a number of Federal departments, including the Privy Council Office, Service Canada, Status of Women Canada, Public Safety Canada and the CRTC. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Montréal. Julie is a lover of (Canadian) books, and reads mostly in digital and audio formats.

Cristina Mussinelli

Cristina Mussinelli - Secretary General - Fondazione LIA

Cristina Mussinelli is the Secretary General of Fondazione LIA and she has been involved in the field of accessibility in publishing since 2006, managing different projects and participate since the very early stages to the design and the set up of the LIA activities.

Cristina Mussinelli is the Secretary General of Fondazione LIA and she has been involved in the field of accessibility in publishing since 2006, managing different projects and participate since the very early stages to the design and the set up of the LIA activities.

She has been an active actor in the definition of the concept of Born Accessible Publications and of accessible publishing ecosystem that are at the foundation of the LIA development. She has been working in the publishing sector since 1982. Since 1988 she has been responsible for the technological innovation and digital publishing areas within the Italian Publishers Association (AIE), where she manages European and international projects, the digital publishing professional training course program and the Observatory of the new forms of editorial and cultural consumption. She is a Board member of EDRLab (European Digital Reading Lab), member of the W3C Digital Publishing Business Group, Daisy Consortium and ISO OT UNI/CT 014/SC 04 "Automazione e documentazione".

09:30 am Welcome - Marifé Boix García, VP Business Development Southern Europe & Latin America, Frankfurter Buchmesse
09:45 am - 10:30 am

Keynote 1 – Hugo Setzer, President, International Publishers Association: Reading is for everyone: The Road to accessible Publishing.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Panel discussion – Regional aspects: Challenges and opportunities in the region

  • Farrah Little, Content Coordinator, National Network for Equitable Library Service, Canada
  • Sarah Runcie, Manager, Policy and Strategy, Australian Publishers Association, Australia
  • Linda McGrath, Senior Manager, , Publisher Partnerships, De Gruyter, USA
  • Esteban Giraldo, Editorial Director, Universidad de La Salle and Secretary General of ASEUC, Colombia
  • Karina Maria Bolasco, Director, Ateneo de Manila, Philippines
  • Veronica Klipp, Publisher, Wits UP, South Africa

 

Moderator: Lisa Quinn, Director, WLUP, Canada

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Coffee break
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Keynote 2 - Julie Fairweather, Director, Book Publishing Policy and Programs, Canada: Towards Inclusive Publishing: A Way Forward for the Canadian Independent Book Publishing Industry.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Best Case Presentations

1. Fondazione LIA: an accessible publishing ecosystem, Cristina Mussinelli, Secretary General, Fondazione LIA, Italy 

2. National Network for Equitable Library Service, Farrah Little, Content Coordinator, NNELS, Canada

 Presented by: Sayri Karp, Director Universidad de Guadalajara and President of EULAC, Mexico

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch and end of conference programme