Library Relations


Committee Roster

Ana Maria Jimenez-Moreno, Ohio State, Chair (jimenez DASH moreno DOT 1 AT osu DOT edu)
Jason Fikes, Abilene Christian
Stephen Hull, New Mexico
Annie Johnson, Temple
Tracy Kellmer, Pennsylvania
Joell Smith-Borne, Vanderbilt

Board Liaison
Saleem Dhamee, Chicago

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective:

  • Expand communications and collaborations to promote mutual understanding between university presses and libraries, particularly academic libraries, paying attention to the wide range of relationships that exist between libraries and presses including as core customers, publishing partners, institutional reports, and project collaborators.

Specific Charges to the Library Relations Committee:

  • Wherever possible, use programming opportunities (webinars, pre-meeting workshop, Annual Meeting, UP Commons) to present information and stimulate conversation around libraries as customers of university press content. Consider what information or data gathering in this area may be valuable to AUPresses members and, if advisable, develop a related plan in coordination with Association staff.
  • Consider proposing a session at the 2022 Library Publishing Forum and other library conferences, potentially in collaboration with the EDP,Digital Publishing, or Open Access committees, to further build relationships with library publishers and educate on opportunities with university presses.
  • As appropriate, share library-related news and resources with colleagues via the lists or UP Commons.
  • Working with the Central Office and the LPC, determine the feasibility of continuing the Cross-Pollination program for the 2022 conferences. If it continues, work with the associations to seek funding for cross-pollination grants, coordinate the process of promoting and administering the grants, and organizing and mentoring the recipients.
  • As requested, assist the Annual Meeting Program Committee in the development of any library-related programming for the 2022 Annual Meeting, including individual sessions, networking events, and Collaboration Labs.
  • Support the Central Office as requested in the execution of any joint projects or initiatives between the Association and the ARL, the LPC, and other library-related organizations.Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent meeting topics to be referred to the 2023 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

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 course of 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 October 4, 2021, and February 28, 2022; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 20, 2022. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

Wij ondersteunen en stimuleren de essentiële rol van een wereldwijde gemeenschap van uitgevers wiens missie het is om academische excellentie te waarborgen en kennis te cultiveren.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Dutch