Multimodal Digital Publications: Content, Collaboration, Community reports the findings of a summit on multimodal digital monographs co-hosted by Brown University and Emory University and held virtually on April 23, 2021. It draws on a pre-summit survey, the summit presentations and chat transcript, and post-summit feedback. A draft was shared with all the presenters.
The authors previewed the report at the Library Publishing Forum in Pittsburgh on May 25, 2022. The presentation and lively Q&A provided an opportunity for expanded dialogue on the current and future landscape of digital monograph publishing as well as the growing alignment between research libraries and scholarly presses. The authors will officially release Multimodal Digital Publications: Content, Collaboration, Community at the Association of University Presses 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The authors wish to thank the summit participants, especially the presenters for their open, generous, and deeply thoughtful contributions. Special thanks go to Lisa Flowers of Emory University for providing logistical support leading up to and during the summit, Holiday Shapiro of Brown University for designing the digital publication, and Michael Elliott and Joseph Meisel of Emory and Brown, respectively, for their overarching encouragement and support. Finally, the authors wish to thank each other for their enriching collaborations and friendship.
Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor for Brown University Library’s Digital Publications Initiative, launched with the generous support of the Mellon Foundation in 2014. Serving in this role since 2017, she brings together key organizational, academic, and technological resources across the University to support new forms of faculty-driven scholarship. Beyond the Brown campus, she spearheads efforts at the industry level to advance the conversation around the development, evaluation, and publication of born-digital scholarship. She is project director of Born-Digital Scholarly Publishing: Resources and Roadmaps, an NEH Institute on Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Levy, who holds a PhD in history of art from Bryn Mawr College, is the author of numerous books on early modern visual culture. She has served as founding general editor of two scholarly book series and currently serves as co-chair of the College Art Association’s Committee on Research and Scholarship. Allison_Levy@brown.edu
Sarah McKee is the Senior Associate Director for Publishing at Emory University’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, where she administers the Digital Publishing in the Humanities (DPH) initiative. Supported by the Mellon Foundation since 2016, DPH works with Emory humanities faculty and their publishers to develop open, enhanced, and interactive digital monographs and to foster meaningful dialogues with public audiences. The initiative also provides support and professional development to graduate students developing their own digital scholarship and has recently expanded its scope to include faculty at other institutions in the metro Atlanta region. McKee brings to the role a background in digital scholarly publishing. For fifteen years she worked for the University of Georgia Press, serving most recently there as managing editor for the born-digital and open access publication New Georgia Encyclopedia. She is an active member of the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) community and serves on the advisory board for the Next Generation Library Publishing initiative. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Purpose” featured image: A woman walks past the ornate outer walls and doorway of a mosque in Fez, Morocco. © Paop. From A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures. Shahzad Bashir. MIT Press, forthcoming 2022.
“Presentations” featured image: Baby baskets made by Molly Timothy (Granny Molly) in the early 1950s. © Davis McKenzie (photographer). From As I Remember It: Teachings (Ɂəms tɑɁɑw) from the Life of a Sliammon Elder. Elsie Paul with Davis McKenzie, Paige Raibmon, and Harmony Johnson. University of British Columbia Press, 2019.
“Expanding Pathways” featured image: Saat Kaman, Seven Arches at Pavagadh Hill in Gujarat State of India. © Leonid Andronov. From A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures. Shahzad Bashir. MIT Press, forthcoming 2022.
Section banner: Detail from Muhammad’s statement on Qutham b. ‘Abbas. © Shahzad Bashir. From A New Vision for Islamic Pasts and Futures. Shahzad Bashir. MIT Press, forthcoming 2022.
Levy, A., & McKee, S. (2022). Multimodal Digital Monographs: Content, Collaboration, Community.