At a time of increasing uncertainty for public universities across Illinois, a new exhibit at Morris Library celebrates the continuity of Southern Illinois University Press, SIU’s nonprofit book publishing unit. The exhibit, which runs from November 7 to December 16 and is housed in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors, commemorates SIU Press’s sixty years of publishing, and allows visitors an inside look at the history of the press and how it operates.
Cases and displays throughout the hall feature published books from across the years in the press’s many subject areas, which include Abraham Lincoln, Civil War history, and Southern Illinois. An animated video created for the event, “From Manuscript to Shelf,” walks viewers through the steps of the publishing process, from an author’s initial submission to the moment readers can flip through the finished product. You can view the video here; be sure to watch for cameos of press employees and authors!
In addition, the displays allow visitors to explore the history of SIU Press, from its founding in 1956 under former university president Delyte Morris, to its embrace today of contemporary technology such as e-books and social media in order to reach the greatest number of readers. Also featured in the exhibit is Saluki Publishing, the press’s soon-to-be launched self-publishing platform aimed at SIU students, staff, faculty, and alumni.