The Utah State University Press will merge with another academic publisher, ensuring its survival in the face of severe budget pressures at the Logan campus. Although the press’ assets will be transferred to the University Press of Colorado, its editorial operations will continue to operate out of USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library, publishing books under its old imprint.
“We have always believed that a key to survival for a small university press is to remain flexible, responsive to changing realities and open to self-reinvention,” said Michael Spooner, director for USU Press. “In Colorado, we found a partner with not only a similar commitment to the mission of scholarly publishing, but with a compatible organizational style.”
UPC is a stand-alone nonprofit sponsored by a Boulder-based consortium of eight dues-paying Colorado institutions. It is one of six regional university press consortia in the nation. USU will become its ninth member, joining the likes of University of Colorado, Fort Lewis College and Adams State College.
The Colorado consortium came together in the 1960s as a way to reduce publishing costs associated with books that are rarely profitable, but play a critical role in the region’s cultural and scholarly life and scientific concerns.