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Committee Roster

Katharine Easterby, Liverpool, Co-Chair (Katharine DOT easterby AT Liverpool DOT ac DOT uk)
Jennifer Sacher, ASCSA, Co-Chair (jsacher AT ascsa DOT org)
Ian Caswell, UCL 
Fern Ennis, Liverpool 
Sarah McDonald, Edinburgh
Sara Pastel, MLA
Tara Saunders, Purdue 
Sandra Shaw, Toronto 
Sarah Weicksel, AHA

Board Liaison
Wendy Queen, Johns Hopkins

Central Office Liaison
Alexis Fagan


General Objective: 

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in improving the activities of and promoting the public face of their journals programs.

Specific Charges to the Journals Committee:

  1. Organize a Journals Assembly for the 2024 Annual Meeting and develop journals-focused sessions, including collaboration opportunities, for the Meeting program.
  2. Finalize Editor Onboarding Toolkit and coordinate publication on UP Commons with Central Office.
  3. As requested, support the work of the Open Access Committee in creating resources that help members publishing journals navigate a changing landscape.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on 22 September 2023, and 1 March 2024; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due 31 May 2024. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members, along with board and staff liaisons.)
  • Apply the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization to all committee work.
  • Appoint a member of your committee to serve as a liaison to the Equity, Justice, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee, providing updates on your committee’s EJIB efforts, seeking information, support, or guidance on EJIB matters as needed, and attending Fall and Spring meetings for liaisons sponsored by EJIB Committee.
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

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— AUPresses Mission Statement in American Sign Language