Library Materials Price Index (LMPI) Editorial Board


To prepare and publish price indexes of library materials; and to plan and monitor activities using the association's strategic and tactical plan as a framework.


Ms. Narda Tafuri (Editor, July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2017)
Catherine A. Barr (Member, July 15, 2009, to June 30, 2012)
Ms. Stephanie Braunstein (Member, July 15, 2009, to June 30, 2012)
Brenda L. Dingley (Member, January 1, 2005, to June 30, 2012)
Christine McConnell (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2005, to September 30, 2015)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2011. Last retrieved on 06/19/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Library Materials Price Index (LMPI) Editorial Board consists of up to 12 members. The Board is composed of an editor, who is appointed by the ALCTS Board and index compilers. Compilers serve continuous terms. Compilers are solicited from the general membership when a vacancy or publication need arises. The LMPI Editor serves a three year term and is an ex-officio member of the ALCTS Publications Committee.  The Library Materials Price Index Editorial Board is a subcommittee of the ALCTS Publications Committee.

Compilers of Tables of Prices of U.S. and Foreign Published Materials (2016)

Compilers of the Tables of Materials Prices





U.S. Periodicals

Stephen Bosch


Legal Serials Services

Ajaye Bloomstone


Hardcover Books

Narda Tafuri


North American Academic Books

Stephen Bosch


North American Academic E-Books

Stephen Bosch


North American Academic Textbooks

Stephen Bosch


U.S. College Books

Frederick Lynden


U.S. Mass Market Paperback Books

Narda Tafuri


U.S. Paperback Books

Narda Tafuri


U.S. Audiobooks

Narda Tafuri


U.S. E-Books

Narda Tafuri


Average Price of Serials Stephen Bosch


Average Price of Online Serials

Stephen Bosch


British Academic Books

George Aulisio



The first price indexes were published by a standing committee of the Acquisitions Section of the ALA Resources and Technical Services Division (RTSD) in 1959 where they appeared in Library Journal.  In 1965, the name of the committee was changed to Library Materials Price Index Committee (LMPIC) of the Resources and Technical Services Division of the American Library Association.

Following their initial appearance in Library Journal, the price indexes were published in The Bowker Annual. This publication was renamed The Library and Book Trade Almanac beginning with the publication of the 2008 53rd edition.  Beginning with the 2002, 47th edition, the Almanac has been published by Information Today, Inc.  Prior to this it had been a publication of R. R. Bowker.

The ALA ALCTS Library Materials Price Index Committee became an Association level committee approved by the ALCTS Board in 1991. The first publication by the committee under its new auspices was the price data appearing in the Library and Book Trade Almanac, 35th edition, 1990–91. In 2002, the Library Materials Price Index Committee became a subcommittee of the ALCTS Publications Committee. The name of the subcommittee was changed in 2004 to Library Materials Price Index Editorial Board to better reflect its purpose and charge.

Get Involved

ALA values committed and active committee members. From time to time, the LMPI Editorial Board solicits members to volunteer to serve on LMPI as compilers for its indexes. Members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out an application form. Appointments take place when vacancies occur. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1.