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Library Relations


Committee Roster

Stephen Hull, New Mexico, Chair (sphull AT unm DOT edu)
Latrice Allen, Chicago 
Jennie Collinson, Liverpool 
Maia Desjardins, Wilfred Laurier 
Jessica Fiorillo, Harvard Education
Tracy Kellmer, Pennsylvania 
Jon Miller, Akron 
Kelsey Mrjoian, Michigan 
Julia Oestreich, Delaware

Board Liaison
John Sherer, North Carolina

Central Office Liaison
Annette Windhorn


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:

  1. Present information and stimulate conversation around libraries as customers for and supporters of university press content, with a particular focus on sharing the distinctive role of university presses and getting feedback from librarians at the 2023 Charleston Library Conference. 
  2. Further build relationships with library publishers and explore opportunities for collaboration between university presses, including proposing a session for the 2024 Library Publishing Forum and evaluating the cross-pollination program for annual meetings.
  3. Support the Central Office and Board as requested in the execution of any joint projects or initiatives between the Association and the Association of Research Libraries as well as other library organizations.
  4. Plan a webinar to help members understand how to position the emerging Subscribe to Open (S2O) business model—and other similar models, including Path to Open—to librarians.

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.

ننهض بالدور الأساسي للمجتمع العالمي من دور النشر التي تتمثّل مهمتها في ضمان التفوّق الأكاديمي وتنمية المعرفة.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Arabic