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Korey Jackson Receives ACLS Public Fellows Award; Will Join Anvil Academic


NITLE Contact: Grace Pang

CLIR Contact: Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, and Georgetown, Texas, June 26, 2012-Korey Jackson, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan’s MPublishing, has received a 2012 Public Fellows award from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). As an ACLS Fellow, Jackson will serve as program coordinator and analyst for Anvil Academic, a digital publisher for the humanities formed earlier this year by CLIR and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).

Jackson’s responsibilities at Anvil will include research and evaluation of publishing platforms, helping build prototypes, assisting with title production on prototype platforms, and serving as liaison with participating member institutions. He will start his new position on August 1.

“As a CLIR postdoc fellow, Korey Jackson has distinguished himself as an innovative thinker, and he possesses a rare combination of technical skills and creative insight,” said CLIR President Chuck Henry. “We are delighted he will work with us at the Anvil project as an ACLS fellow. Anvil boldly aspires to develop new models of publishing in service to the humanities, and Korey’s experience and  acumen is an effective and promising match with these goals.”

Jackson said, “Innovative new forms of digital scholarship require (and deserve) an equally agile and innovative publisher. I’m honored to be part of Anvil’s development and outreach team, and look forward-with input from friends and colleagues-to crafting a platform that is responsive to the dynamic needs of scholars working with new media, big (and small) data, and new tools for visualization and analysis.”

At MPublishing, Jackson coordinates social media communications and press-author relations for digitalculturebooks. He also serves as managing editor for an upcoming digitalculture books collection on the digital humanities and new media studies from the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory Fifth Annual Conference (HASTAC V). Jackson received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

The ACLS Public Fellows program, established with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. Now in its second year, the program will place 13 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.

Anvil Academic will focus on publishing new forms of scholarship that cannot be adequately conveyed in the traditional monograph. Works published through Anvil will be available through Creative Commons licenses on the Web and as apps on portable devices. The title production system will be developed jointly by NITLE and CLIR for use by other institutions, each of which will have the opportunity to publish under its own imprint. It is expected that Anvil will publish its first title in early 2013. More information on Anvil Academic is available at, and

About the Council on Library and Information Resources
CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. (

About the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education helps liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology. Established in 2001 with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NITLE is the key organization for liberal arts institutions seeking to use technology strategically to advance the liberal-arts mission. (

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