Thursday, July 24, 2014

Now Hiring: Intellectual Property and Licensing Manager

The University of Georgia Press seeks a knowledgeable and capable publishing professional to negotiate contracts and manage rights. The Intellectual Property and Licensing Manager is responsible to the director of UGA Press for managing the intellectual property and licensing of the Press, including contract requests, subsidiary rights sales, digital content aggregator contract negotiation, and reprint permissions requests. An important member of the Press staff, this position is responsible for a revenue stream. The Intellectual Property and Licensing Manager advises all Press staff on rights-related publication questions and trends in rights sales. The Intellectual Property and Licensing Manager must stay current on copyright law and issues pertaining to scholarly publishing.

Since its founding in 1938, the primary mission of the University of Georgia Press has been to support and enhance the University’s place as a major research institution by publishing both outstanding works of scholarship by writers throughout the world and books of interest to general readers. The Press has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940 and is the largest book publisher in the state. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 60-70 new books a year and has over 1,800 titles in print. The Press is also a founding partner of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the state’s award-winning, online-only, multimedia reference work on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia.
For more information, please visit the Press website.

The Press is located on the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus in Athens, Georgia.  Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live.  With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel.  Athens offers a nationally recognized music scene, great restaurants, a local food movement, and a vibrant downtown area with independently owned businesses. Please visit here for more information about Athens.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and a minimum one year of publishing or equivalent experience.
Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in scholarly publishing preferred.
The full description of duties and application instructions is available here.

The University of Georgia values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority candidates. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Short Takes

In a recent article for CNN, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, author of BREAKING GROUND, points out the disparities in healthcare, following the U.S. News and Report's latest "best hospitals in the country" rankings.

In the May 2014 issue of CHOICE, our director Lisa Bayer is featured with five other university press directors addressing the relationship between university presses and libraries.

"STUDY IN PERFECT [by Sarah Gorham] is a well-curated essay collection that examines the breadth and depth of the ideal of perfection. . . . Every detail has been attended to, from the project level to the sentence level. The cover is serene and appealing; it echoes perfectly the calm, reflective tone of the book."—ForeWord Reviews

Tyson Pugh's TRUMAN CAPOTE is a "must for anyone interested in seeing the connections between film adaptations and quintessential Capote literature," according to Library Journal.

PopMatters calls CORNBREAD NATION 7 "a splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage."

Check out Atlas Obscura for a Q&A with Kate Sweeney about her book AMERICAN AFTERLIFE.

Coming this fall is the new book, CONFEDERATE ODYSSEY. The book is a companion to the Atlanta History Center exhibit, The Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection, which opened Friday, July 18. The Civil War Picket blog and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required) has more on the collection, exhibit, and book.
UGA Press acquisitions editor Pat Allen, Atlanta History Center Executive Vice President Michael Rosen, Atlanta History Center curator and CONFEDERATE ODYSSEY author Gordon L. Jones, Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale

Monday, July 14, 2014

Short Takes

Congratulations to our friends at Telfair Museums! Their "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah" project, a multi-year project encompassing the SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN SAVANNAH book, museum exhibition, three-day symposium, and multiple community partnerships, was recognized with the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The exhibition is currently on display at the Jepson Center (through August 31), and the book, SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN SAVANNAH, is available from your local or online bookseller.

Publishers Weekly reviews Tison Pugh's TRUMAN CAPOTE:
With thick paragraphs on every page, each chapter is its own academic essay, with enough content to be stretched into a full collegiate course. This makes for dense reading but also opens many avenues of film and literature to explore as well. It's a hefty book yet rich with insight into Capote's literary and cinematic achievements.

When asked what Southern lit has G.J. Ford Bookshop (St. Simons Island, GA) excited, owner Mary Jane Reed recommends ISLAND TIME. "It was our best selling book last year and will probably be our best seller this year."
James Taylor interviewed Kate Sweeney about her book, AMERICAN AFTERLIFE, for his program, "Writers-in-Focus." The interview has not yet aired, but a list of all previously-aired programs is available here.
"Writers-in-Focus" interviewer James Taylor with Kate Sweeney
Photo courtesy of James Taylor
The Journal of Southern History offers a positive review of David L. Holmes' THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS in its May issue. "[Holmes] has a well-honed eye for colorful details and telling anecdotes that make the book a pleasure to read. . . . Such material would animate any undergraduate lecture and will keep all readers tuming the pages."

On June 30, UGA Press director Lisa Bayer and acquisitions editor Pat Allen accepted the Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society. Glenn T. Eskew's JOHNNY MERCER and Paul M. Pressly's ON THE RIM OF THE CARIBBEAN tied for the award this year.

Paul M. Pressly, author of ON THE RIM OF THE CARIBBEAN
with the press's Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award
Congratulations to Jonathan Addleton! He has been selected for the 2014 Christian Herter Constructive Dissent Award, given for "intellectual courage, initiative and integrity." The award is given by the American Foreign Service Association for constructive dissent by Foreign Service members. Addleton is the author of SOME FAR AND DISTANT PLACE.