Library Relations


Committee Roster

Jason Fikes, Abilene Christian, Chair (jason DOT fikes AT acu DOT edu)
Stephen Hull, New Mexico
Annie Johnson, Delaware
Tracy Kellmer, Pennsylvania
Jon Miller, Akron

Board Liaison
Jane Bunker, Cornell

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 2022 Charleston Library Conference. 
  2. Further build relationships with library publishers and explore opportunities for collaboration between university presses, including proposing a session for the 2023 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.

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 October 27, 2022, and March 20, 2023; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 25, 2023. (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.

Promovemos o função essencial de uma comunidade global de editores cuja missão é garantir a excelência acadêmica e cultivar o conhecimento.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Portuguese