Join the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for a discussion of the open access movement and its growing impact on the academy. Peter Potter brings the unique perspective of a longtime university press publisher who now directs an open access publishing program in a university library. He is also actively involved in the planning and implementation of TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), a nationwide initiative that seeks to advance the wide dissemination of humanities and social science scholarship through open access editions of monographs. Drawing on this experience, Potter will consider the pros and cons of open access publishing and the challenges (financial and practical) facing scholarly book publishers as they adapt to open access forces driven largely by developments in commercial STEM publishing.

About the speaker

Peter J. Potter is director of publishing in the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. A historian by training, he has devoted his professional career to scholarly publishing, most recently serving as editor in chief at Cornell University Press from 2006 to 2015. In 2016 he moved to Virginia Tech where he launched a new publishing venture called VT Publishing. Based in the University Libraries, VT Publishing is a digital-first, open-access publisher that also offers consulting, education, and outreach to members of the Virginia Tech community as they navigate the changing landscape of scholarly publishing.


This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend.

Location and parking

This event will take place in room 117 of Ross-Blakley Hall on ASU's Tempe campus. The closest parking garage is the Rural Road Structure. Please see ASU's parking and transit website for information about rates.

This event is co-sponsored by the Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU Libraries, Connected Academics and the Graduate College, Center for the Jewish Studies, Department of English, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and the School of International Letters and Cultures.

Peter Potter

Ross-Blakley Hall 117

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Leah Newsom
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies