ESS Vendor Relations Committee


Facilitating coordinated, long-term budgeting, along with the setting of budget priorities in collaboration with the Chair of ESS, the ESS Program Committee, and the Membership Committee. Maintaining a central list of potential sources of funds from publishers and friends of ESS; these sponsors include reaching out to smaller vendors and seeking out possible new sources, as well as regular past contributors. Providing a single point of coordination and communication for all fundraising activities pertaining to ESS, as well as an avenue for sponsors to communicate their needs and interests to the section. Creating publicity about financial sponsorship of the section, including a webpage that acknowledges current ESS sponsors and communicating with the ESS Publications Committee current donor.


Katie E. Gibson (Co-Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Manuel Ostos (Co-Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Manuel Ostos (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. Claude Henry Potts (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Caterina M. Reed (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Dr. Michelle Urberg (Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Brian Vetruba (Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)

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The Vendor Relations Committee was known before 2016-2017 as the WESS Fundraising Committee. Approved by the WESS Executive Committee during its meeting at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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Volunteers will need to complete the volunteer form. Committee service that begins July 1. More information, including volunteer deadlines and requirements, can be found on the ACRL volunteer site

Staff Liaison

Lauren Carlton
Program Officer
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association