Publicizing Layoffs and Anger at U. of New Mexico Press

April 1, 2009

These are tough times in scholarly publishing, and several presses have eliminated jobs. At the University of New Mexico Press on Tuesday, some who lost jobs -- or fear that they will lose jobs in outsourcing of some operations -- responded by sending out a "press release" to reporters, to authors, to donors and others. The release, posted on some Web sites, takes issue with the layoffs and included phone numbers for senior officials at the press. Luther Wilson, director of the press, said in an interview that some of the statements about him in the release were not only false, but may be libelous, and said he was consulting a lawyer. He said that none of the steps taken by the press, or being considered, are being done lightly or without consideration of the impact on those involved.

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