Undergraduate and graduate students will gather Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Wolfe Garden outside Alden Library’s fourth floor to exhibit student publications and encourage discussion among student publishers.
After the 10 a.m. through 12 p.m. exhibit time, a student-led roundtable discussion about many aspects of campus publishing will take place in the Friends of the Library room (319) on Alden’s third floor at 1:30 p.m. Topics will include content visibility, the future of student media and open access publishing.
Marc Blanc, acquisitions assistant at the Ohio University Press who helped initiate the first Bobcats Publish last year, said the main goal of the event is to raise awareness of the number of OHIO students currently working with publications. He said he hopes this year’s event draws around 20 campus publications.
“This year is going to be more structured,” he said. “I think last year, there was some confusion and misconception of what it actually was. We had some people show up with completed manuscripts who wanted to know where to publish them or how to get them to a publishable stage. While the event is not an editorial service, we can give advice about next steps and would love to see students give their work to the appropriate campus publications who will have representatives there to talk about their experiences in publishing. The goal is to navigate the modern student publishing landscape.”
Ricky Huard from the Ohio University Press, which publishes 50 books a year, will attend to address student questions about editing, copyright and publications.
“Everyone can come—all grad and undergrad students are welcome,” said Barbara Fiocchi, coordinator of Libraries events & community outreach and engagement.
Gillian Berchowitz, director and editor-in-chief of the Ohio University Press, said the event is geared toward students who want to learn more about publishing or “…working on academic, literary, political or general-interest publications.”
“…At the University, learning takes place everywhere, not just in the classroom,” Fiocchi said. “This is an opportunity to meet people and learn about campus publishing.”