American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection Editorial Associate Internship
Ann Arbor, MI (Remote with a potential option for hybrid)
Sean Guynes, Acquiring Editor
Description of Internship Project and Intern’s Role and Responsibilities
For a student interested in digital publishing, this position will contribute to the product development of the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection (ACLS HEB). ACLS HEB is a collection of 5,500 foundational books in the humanities from over 120 publishers which is sold to around 700 libraries around the world.
In 2020 Michigan Publishing (the publishing division of the U-M Library) took over the ownership and management of the collection. However, ACLS remains strongly involved in its governance, and especially in its quality assurance. ACLS is a non-profit
federation of 75 scholarly organizations in the humanities and related social sciences.
The primary focus of the position will be on working with ACLS member societies to deepen their engagement with ACLS HEB, based on the recommendations of a report generated by a previous internship project in winter 2022. A secondary focus will be on implementing the relaunch of a “member access” program that enables individual society members who may not be affiliated with institutional libraries (e.g., independent scholars) to gain access to the collection.
In addition, the position will develop a new workflow for finding and adding scholarly book reviews to the collection, and implement this workflow for a number of recently-added titles. The position will join weekly meetings of the ACLS HEB Operations Group within Michigan Publishing. Recommendations informed by research will be presented to the Operations Group and ACLS, and refined so that standard operating procedures for the new processes can be created.
Time commitment (i.e., schedule, days per week needed)
Full-time (35 to 40 hours per week) or part-time internship (20 hours per week), please identify your preference in your cover letter.
Start date: Mid-May, specific date flexible.
End date: Mid-August, specific date flexible.
Specific days of the week intern needs to be available: Monday through Thursday
$5,000 or $10,000, depending on full or part-time commitment identified above.
About the Organization
Michigan Publishing is the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, and is a part of its dynamic and innovative University Library. Across our three channels, the University of Michigan Press, Michigan Publishing Services (where ACLS HEB is based), and Deep Blue, we publish scholarly and educational materials in a range of formats for wide dissemination and permanent preservation, provide publishing services to the University of Michigan community and beyond, and advocate for the broadest possible access to scholarship everywhere.