Publications Coordination Committee – December 2021 Report

The group met 7-10 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Committee: Added members, initiated the first meeting (zoom), established Chair-elect position, and filled.
Established journal subcommittees and monograph editor position with a small monographs committee.
Identified updates to the list of members and Core Publications website. Established additional subcommittees to complete the work of this committee: Web, PR, CE. Created list of committee members with their expertise/background to help in reviewing publication proposals. Established google drive folder for Core Publications work (meeting minutes, tracking spreadsheets, strategic action plan, monograph review flow chart, etc.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Membership and Engagement

Second Activity
Developed a strategic action plan for 2021-2022 with a goal to have 4-5 monographs published. Developed publication strategy (for monographs) and tracking sheet to monitor proposals, monographs in progress, and monographs published.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Membership and Engagement

Third Activity
Worked with Core Fundraising and Sponsorship Committee to create a fundraising campaign for Core journals (open access publishing) – campaign ran during Open Access Week. Funds raised but don't have the amount.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Membership and Engagement

Fourth Activity
Core Publications Open House – February 3, 2022. This is an open event for Core members with journal and monograph editors from Core who will offer brief lightning talks on publishing opportunities and answer questions about submitting proposals.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Continuing Education, Membership and Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
Development of monograph proposals and calls – need to generate monograph proposals to get monographs in the pipeline
Fundraising for Open Access publishing of Core journals
Author stipend for monographs remains a concern
Continue updates to web pages and committee work in progress
Survey to members about journals/journal publishing

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
I would like to suggest establishing a quarterly meeting of Core committee chairs to discuss initiatives and places for collaboration. I am feeling somewhat disconnected from the Core Board with the loss of in-person conferences. If there have been broader meetings, I have missed the announcements and apologize for missing those important meetings.

Please provide suggestions for future education topics, initiatives, publications, resources, or other activities that could be developed based on your group’s work.
Core Publications is working to develop monographs on EDI, AI, Continuity planning, person-centered management, competencies for preservation specialists, and reparative cataloging.

Additional comments or concerns:
Almost two years of virtual meetings as the primary means of work has been an exercise in adaptation. The Core Publications Coordination Committee began meeting virtually in spring 2021 and this has been one of the most positive experiences in my profession. The membership of this committee is outstanding. All members are engaged and actively participate during Zoom meeting discussions, through email, and in the completion of action items. The members are incredibly professional, and enthusiastic. I greatly miss in-person meetings and am hoping that ALA Annual is a-go because I want to meet each member in person and if they will let me, give them a big hug!!

Submitted by Susan E Thomas on 02/02/2022