Chairs: Patricia Fidler, Yale University Press and Sara Sapire, Yale University Press
Yale University Press has recently received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create an electronic portal for art and architectural history content. YUP believes that building a dynamic and specialized destination for scholarly content will be of significant value to the field. Backlist and out-of-print titles are currently being converted into ePub for the site and extensive metadata tagging of images is underway. Importantly, fair use is being asserted for the images used on this scholarly platform. While the initial content is from YUP and some of its exclusive museum partners, including its project partner the Art Institute of Chicago, the intention is for the portal to accommodate scholarly content from other university presses and museums. The site has also been built to publish born-digital content, which could provide a welcome new option for scholars and publishers alike, and features the ability to create custom coursepacks for teaching purposes. Members from YUP’s ePortal team will provide a formal demonstration of the beta site and will encourage questions and discussion from attendees. The Press will also collect important feedback from the audience (i.e., potential users) in the form of a questionnaire, which will inform further work on the project.