ALA Publishing Committee

Charge

The ALA Publishing Committee brings together a diversity of members to share their expertise and experience in helping identify the content most needed and desired by the field, the most appropriate channels for disseminating that content, and continuous improvement in related business practices. The committee includes representatives from imprint-specific committees, advisory boards in divisions or other ALA units across ALA, and other units at ALA with publishing activities, including but not limited to the American Libraries Advisory Committee, the Booklist Advisory Board, an Editions/Neal-Schuman Advisory Board (not yet existing), the ACRL Publications Committee, and the Core Publications Coordination Committee.

Committee members are charged with engaging with ALA’s published content and channels to develop sufficient familiarity to provide regular review and feedback. Committee members report on the publishing activities of the unit they represent and review products to ensure that they express ALA values and reflect the needs of the community they serve.

The committee has an advisory role in appropriate use and protection of the ALA imprint. The committee advises on balancing current products and innovation to help ALA meet its current financial and strategic goals, including in the areas of EDI and sustainability. It also advises on consistency across ALA and opportunities for greater standardization and minimizing duplication. The committee mediates any conflicting practices, inconsistencies, or irregularities it observes among the units its members represent. It also recommends policies on publishing for the approval of Council if revision or new policies are needed.

The Publishing Committee administers the Carnegie-Whitney Grant.

The committee makes recommendations through the BARC/Finance & Audit representatives to the committee for the appropriate association budget and planning committees.

Roster

Ms. Heather M. Campbell (Chair, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Heather M. Campbell (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Dr. Renate L. Chancellor (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Crystal Chen (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Mrs. Sara Johns (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Emily Knox (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Wendy Tressler (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lynn M M. Dixon (Committee Associate, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Whitney Harrison (Committee Associate, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Peter D. Hepburn (ALA Executive Board Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025)
Mary J. Bolduc (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2007, to June 29, 2050)
Mary Mackay (Staff Liaison, June 28, 2017, to June 29, 2050)

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Composition

The ALA Publishing Committee consists of ten members and two associates who are appointed by the ALA Appointing Officer, serving two year staggered terms, led by a chairperson who is appointed annually.

Subcommitees and Task Forces

The ALA Publishing Committee consists of ten members and two associatess who are appointed by the ALA Appointing Officer, serving two year staggered terms, led by a chairperson who is appointed annually.