Press taps manager for new electronic
University Press of
Virginia has appointed Mick Gusinde-Duffy, an editor with
wide-ranging experience in print and Internet publishing, to head
its new electronic publishing program.
program, supported by a $635,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon
s Foundation and a matching amount from U.Va., will create the
first electronic imprint devoted exclusively to publishing original,
peer-reviewed digital scholarship in the humanities.
formerly director of publishing at netLibrary, a startup Internet
business in Boulder, Colo., brings a wealth of accomplishments
and experience as an editor and manager, said Penelope Kaiserlian,
director of the Virginia Press. We look forward to having
him join the press Nov. 1 and getting the electronic imprint off
to a running start.
new electronic enterprise will publish large-scale scholarly projects
that involve computerized humanities research and are created
in digital format, not simply electronic versions of print books.
Such digital projects exceed the capabilities of print and are
able to include images of full archives of original source material
and images in multimedia formats, offering further avenues of
research. A well-known example is the award-winning Valley
of the Shadow Civil War history project created by U.Va.
historian and Arts & Sciences Dean Edward Ayers and recently
published on digital disks by W.W. Norton.
addition to netLibrary, Gusinde-Duffy has worked as an associate
acquisitions editor at Westview Press in Boulder, an acquisitions
editor at the University of Utah Press and an acquisitions manager
at 29th Street Press in Loveland, Colo. He holds an M.A. in English,
with a concentration in publication management, from Colorado
State University and a B.A. in humanities and American Studies
from Middlesex Polytechnic in London.
Unsworth, director of U.Va.s Institute for Advanced Technology
in the Humanities and chair of the search committee that recommended
Gusinde-Duffy, said that he will be a great addition to
the humanities computing community at the University. The active
involvement of the University Press in that community will bring
an important new perspective to bear on the digital humanities
M.A. program and on the digital library programs here.
with experts from the Darden graduate business school to develop
the best business and cost-recovery models for the new enterprise,
the press will aim to publish its first electronic work by spring
2003, Kaiserlian said. The press expects to publish several electronic
projects a year in American history, American and British literature,
archaeology and architecture. The electronic publications could
be made available either on the Web or digital disks, or both,
and could be produced in conjunction with a print book.
said he will look nationally and internationally for pioneering
digital work that emphasizes both creative scholarship and innovative
technology. Each project published will be approved by the presss
editorial board and will receive extensive peer review just as
print publications do.
the wonderful technology resources within the University, this
program offers the opportunity to explore the potential of electronic
publishing more fully, Gusinde-Duffy said. The goal
is to bring to digital scholarship the imprimatur of quality that
a university press represents.