- The University of Missouri system had announced May 24 that it would close the University of Missouri Press in an effort to save a $400,000 subsidy, but an online petition gathered 5,500 names of people opposed the decision.
- Instead, the UM system will replace the publishing operation with a digital alternative, and 10 employees are being encouraged to apply for new positions.
- The new project will digitize an existing catalog, which includes 2,000 scholarly books.
From the article:
After enduring two months of criticism over a decision to phase out the University of Missouri Press, university leaders said Monday that they will replace the press with a “re-imagined” digital publishing operation at MU.
“We knew we had to continue to publish scholarly work,” UM System president Tim Wolfe told The Kansas City Star during a meeting with news staff members. ...