Academic Book Week - January - University of Derby

Academic Book Week 2017

How we celebrated Academic Book Week

In January the Library organised and hosted the University’s first Academic Book Week celebration to highlight and promote our very own academic authors. Academic Book Week is a relatively new nationwide celebration of the diversity, innovation and influence of academic books.

Academic Book Week ran from the 23-28 January, and we had a full programme of events on offer throughout the week. The Library played host to its first poetry reading, the first of many, we hope! Each lunchtime the Library hosted academics from across the Colleges, talking about their published books to audiences to colleagues and students. Caroline Ball (Subject Librarian), who organised many of the talks, said, “It was fantastic to hear about an amazing range of subjects. From Tibetan mountainscapes to Beatlemania, ancient Earth to police interrogations, staff shared their enthusiasm for their research and the trials and tribulations of the publishing process.”

To round off the week, a lively and only-occasionally-contentious panel debate was organised, discussing the future of academic books. With teaching and library staff, Chris Batten from the Student Union and a guest speaker, Dr Rupert Gatti from Open Book Publishers, the discussion sparked some real insight and debate and left all attendees with much to think about. Panelist Lucy Ayre (Repository and Open Access Librarian) commented, “It was clear to see the passion for the print book and how books provide access to knowledge – I hope the heated discussion will continue beyond Academic Book Week.”

And to quote one of our participating academics, “It’s a great event, which I hope will be back next year.” The Library plans to build on the success of this year’s Academic Book Week and move on to bigger and better things next year. Watch this space!

You can watch the recording of the panel debate here.

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