Preparing for THATCamp Publishing 2011

Hi all — Amanda French here, THATCamp Coordinator and co-organizer (which is rare) of THATCamp Publishing. As we get closer to Sunday, October 30th, I wanted to give you more information about 1) workshops, and 2) proposing sessions.

We’ve currently got four workshops planned: WordPress, Anthologize, Open Journal Systems, and Emerging Ebook Standards. See for more information — we’ll add even more in the coming days. Also, we’re thinking about combining the WordPress and Anthologize workshops into one, partly because we’ve planned only three time slots, and having only three workshops would allow us to schedule one workshop per time slot. What’s your opinion? Comment on the blog or the workshops page and let us know. Once we’ve decided that, we’ll put the workshops in the blank schedule for Sunday.

As for proposing sessions, now is the time to start thinking about what you’d like to do or talk about at THATCamp Publishing. If you’re not familiar with the unconference model, you might want to read our About page, but also and especially our page on Proposing a Session. The best way to approach it might be to describe whatever professional problem related to publishing is currently bothering you most, and to pose your session proposal in such a way that you’ll get help with that problem.

To propose a session, log in at and write a blog post outlining your session idea. To write and publish your blog post, go to Posts –> Add New, write your post, and then click Publish. Your blog post will be published to the main page of the THATCamp Publishing site, which will allow us all to read and comment on it.

In the first session on Sunday, we’ll all discuss together which sessions we want to hold that day and when, and you’ll have a chance then to propose new sessions or to ask for a particular time slot.

Questions? Write me at . Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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About Amanda French

(Please ask any THATCamp questions on the THATCamp forums at -- I'm no longer THATCamp Coordinator.) I am now a member of the THATCamp Council, and I am the former THATCamp Coordinator and Research Assistant Professor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, in which capacity I provided support for THATCamp organizers and participants, maintained, traveled to some (not all!) THATCamps, and directed large-scale projects such as the Proceedings of THATCamp. Before that, I worked with the NYU Archives and Public History program on an NHPRC-funded project to create a model digital curriculum for historian-archivists. I held the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship at NCSU Libraries from 2004 to 2006, and afterward taught graduate and undergraduate courses at NCSU in Victorian literature and poetry as well as in the digital humanities and in advanced academic research methods. At the University of Virginia, while earning my doctorate in English, I encoded texts in first SGML and then XML for the Rossetti Archive and the Electronic Text Center. My 2004 dissertation was a history of the villanelle, the poetic form of Dylan Thomas' "Do not go gentle into that good night" and Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art."