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Celebrate Academic Book Week with us

In celebration of Academic Book Week 2017, we are holding three exciting events.

The events are open now for booking via MyEd. We hope to see you there.

23 January: Does the Academic Book have a Future?

Event for all staff, 12:30-13:30, G.05, 50 George Square

This year, Academic Book Week coincides with the completion of the AHRC project on the Academic Book of the Future. In this talk, Tom Mole, Director of the Centre for the History of the Book, will bring a book-historical perspective to bear on debates about the future of academic books.  Examining the academic book as a socially-embedded media artefact, he will ask how our current moment of media change produces challenges for the academic book and creates both threats and opportunities for the future.

24 January: Close-up on collections: behind the scenes at the Centre for Research Collections (CRC)

Event for students/researchers, 12:00-13:00, Centre for Research Collections, 6th floor, Main Library

During this session, you will have a rare chance to go behind the scenes at our Centre for Research Collections (CRC), home to the University’s historic collections, spanning rare books, museum objects, musical instruments, fine art and archives. Alice Doyle, Access Officer at Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA), will let you know how the CRC can help in your studies and lead a tour of the places researchers don’t normally get to see.  You’ll have the opportunity to see some star collection items ‘up-close’ and visit an archive store and conservation studio, learning how staff preserve the treasures of the CRC. In a visit to the Digital Imaging Unit, you’ll see University collections reaching global audiences and technology helping evidence of the past be understood in new ways.

27 January: The Truth About Publishing

Event for students, 12:30-13:30, LG.06, David Hume Tower

Professor Alistair McCleery, Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University, offers to uncover the Truth about Publishing. He begins with popular perceptions of publishing, as found in a number of media representations from The Substance of Fire (1996) through 13 Going On 30 (2004) to The Post Grad (2009) and others, before looking at the nature of contemporary publishing. He will examine the scope of the industry as well as looking to its future prospects.