#AcBookWeek: 9-16 November 2015

Now Live!!  See also the dedicated Academic Book Week website at http://acbookweek.com/ 

A celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books.

ABW_logo_finalAcademic Book Week takes place from 9-16 November 2015, and forms the centrepiece of this year’s Project activity, as well as the launchpad for next year’s. This week-long series of events will take place all over the country, as well as internationally, and aims to:

  • increase awareness of the variety and accessibility of the academic book (particularly the arts and humanities academic book), engaging media and alerting policy-makers to its importance as part of the intellectual ecosystem of the UK
  • make the academic book more accessible to a wider general audience
  • promote the skills and services of bookshops and libraries to readers of the academic book
  • promote the processes and skills of creating an academic book via both academics and publishers
  • open up opportunities for conversation and collaboration between publishers (via the PA, the ALPSP), the booksellers (via the BA), librarians (via RLUK and CILIP) and researchers (via the AHRC, British Academy, Jisc, HEFCE, and the Wellcome Trust).
  • extend the debate about the Academic Book of the Future for the AHRC/BL Academic Book of the Future Project
  • enhance the wider debate about the value of arts and humanities research in the UK

Academic Book Week is aimed at and created by all those who write, make, sell, work with, or use, academic books, and will influence the policy-makers behind the AHRC AcBookFuture Project (see the members of our Strategy Board), plus challenge assumptions of researchers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and the general public regarding what academic books ARE and what they can DO.

The following events and activities will take place during Academic Book Week:

  • Academic library events across the UK: showing off special collections and rare books; running workshops about how to discover information, handle books, or preserve them.
  • Bookshop promotions with publishers on certain titles
  • Bookshop events: readings by key academic authors; ‘crossover books’ panel to investigate the boundaries between academic and popular books; research highlighting how embedded academic bookshops are in the intellectual life of academic towns and campuses.
  • HE institutions running events: about writing academic books, showcasing the variety of research being undertaken: for instance, a panel, with publishers, where researchers respond to publishers’ pitches about how they’d tackle unusual pieces of research; workshops with students teaching them about using academic books.
  • Social media activity and competitions via Twitter: @AcBookFuture, and the Project Blog: https://academicbookfuture.org/blog/.

A more detailed programme of events will be provided on this page later on in the year.

If you would like to propose an event to take place during Academic Book Week, or would like to be kept informed on news and updates about the week, please email The Academic Book of the Future’s project manager: rebecca.lyons@ucl.ac.uk  

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