We’re pleased to announce that IUP staff members Nancy Lightfoot, Project Manager/Editor, and Sarah Jacobi, Interim Regional Editor, were recently awarded professional development grants from the Pat Hoefling Memorial Fund. This fund allows new and mid-career level staff to attend publishing conferences in order to learn about new technologies and practices within the industry. Lightfoot and Jacobi will use their grants to attend the AAUP annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, June 18-20.
The Pat Hoefling Memorial Fund, which is supported by donations, has helped send several IUP staff members to AAUP since its inception in 2010. Last year's winners include Composition Coordinator Tony Brewer and Project Manager/Editor Darja Malcolm-Clarke, who co-chaired the committee that selected this year's winners.
Lightfoot said she’s eager to learn more about other publishers’ editorial design and production departments.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “IU Press has gone through some changes, and I like change. With our new director, I think there’s going to be more possibilities. We merged our design and editorial departments, and it’s a lot to navigate, so I want to see what other EDP departments look like and I want to see how we can incorporate new technology into our books.”
She said she’s optimistic for the digital future of books and wants to learn more about the idea at the annual meeting.
“I think some exciting things can happen to our books,” she said. “I’m excited to see what’s on the horizon and I want to bring it back to our department.”
Jacobi said she's interested in participating in the mentoring program, the pairing of a senior member with a junior member, at the annual meeting. She said she hopes this will give her insight into other publishing companies.
"I want to see how the other presses work," she said. "I want to see how other editors work with their authors versus our methods, how similar and different they are."
About the Pat Hoefling Memorial Fund
Pat Hoefling was sales and marketing director at IU Press from November 2005 until her death in July 2010. During her tenure at the Press, she positively affected staff members by generously sharing her knowledge and encouraging them to learn new skills to advance their professional development.
To learn more about the fund or to make a donation, visit the Pat Hoefling page on our website.