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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Date: 3:00pm PDT September 16, 2016 Location: Gregg Pavilion

  • Bryn Geffert
    Bryn Geffert

Gregg Pavilion

Amherst College Librarian Bryn Geffert will describe “An Imperfect Effort to Build the Perfect Academic Press” at the 17th Annual Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture. Please join us on Friday, September 16th at 3pm in Gregg Pavilion on the Lewis & Clark Campus. A reception will follow the lecture.

Dr. Geffert describes his talk as follows:

Frustrated with the academy’s growing inability to disseminate literature to those who need it, worried about the lack of outlets for evaluating and certifying innovative digital scholarship, and itching to bring the voices of liberal arts colleges to an industry dominated by research institutions, 41 liberal arts colleges have banded together to form the Lever Press. Working with the Amherst College Press and the University of Michigan Press, this new initiative has committed to producing sixty works over the course of five years–all rigorously peer-reviewed and edited, and all disseminated free of charge under Creative Commons licenses. How we arrived at this point, where we’ve succeeded, where we’ve failed, and where we hope to end up.

The Lever Press project has made waves in the higher education media this year (see this piece in Inside Higher Education). The project is also part of a new movement to publish open access ebooks.

Bryn Geffert is the librarian of the college at Amherst College. He majored in history and in Russian, graduating summa cum laude from St. Olaf College. He received an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Russian history and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Minnesota. Bryn returned to his alma mater, St. Olaf College, where he worked for sixteen years, first as a reference librarian and then as library director and an associate professor of Russian studies. Before coming to Amherst he served as the library director and an associate professor of history at the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point.

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