Member Committees

AAP member committees are working committees, each one active in influencing and advocating for its respective issues, industry groups, and/or constituents. We invite you to explore the work of our committees below.

Digital Issues
Higher Education

PreK-12 Learning Group
Professional and Scholarly Division

If you would like to participate in a committee, please contact Gail Kump, Director of Membership Marketing.

AAP Core Committees

Adult Library Marketing Committee: Comprised of book publishers who serve the library market. The committee considers ideas and issues that pertain to the sale of books to all types of libraries, with a focus on public libraries, and provides information to publishers, librarians, and the public on topics of mutual interest. The committee also encourages the exchange of ideas among publishers, wholesalers, and librarians. To develop programs that increase awareness of titles among the collection librarian communities, the committee works with and supports the initiatives of several different groups, including the American Library Association, Public Libraries Association, and the New York Public Library.

Banned Books Task Force: Coordinates publisher participation in Banned Books Week, which takes place annually, usually the last week in September.  The task force also helps publicize the activities of various publishing houses and encourages publishers who have not participated in the past to create Banned Books Week programs of their own.

Children’s Library Marketing Committee: Comprised of publishers who serve the children’s, middle grade, and young adult library market. Much like the Adult Library Marketing Committee (see above), this committee considers ideas and issues that pertain to the sale of publications to all types of libraries, with a focus on public and school libraries, and provides information to publishers, librarians, and the public on topics of mutual interest. The committee also encourages the exchange of ideas among publishers, wholesalers, and librarians; presents programs at national library conferences; supports literacy nonprofits; engages in AAP’s Adopt-a-School program; and collaborates on book buzz events across the country.

Compensation Survey Steering Committee: Oversees AAP's survey of compensation and personnel practices, which provides timely, accurate, industry-specific compensation data that helps book publishers in recruiting and retaining high-quality staff. The survey is open to AAP members and non members and covers six major segments of the book publishing industry, including college, elementary/high school, mass market, trade, technical, and general publishing. The committee works with an outside consulting firm to plan the survey, develop position profiles, and review and approve survey input documents. It also serves as a forum for discussing general compensation issues.

Diversity/Recruit & Retain Committee (DRRC): Works to attract more talented, diverse voices to the publishing industry, primarily through the “Book Yourself a Career” campaign, whose center is the website. The committee presents various seminars, including the annual Young to Publishing conference, which gives entry-level employees a comprehensive overview of the industry. Other initiatives include the Young to Publishing Group (YPG), which runs monthly educational, social, and community service programs for AAP member employees who are in their first five years of publishing, as well as a college outreach initiative to publicize recruitment efforts on college and university campuses, especially schools with high academic standards and a diverse student population.

Freedom to Read Committee: The publishing industry’s early warning system, watchdog, and advocate on all issues pertaining to freedom of expression and the free marketplace of ideas. The committee works on behalf of publishers to safeguard free speech rights through participation in First Amendment court cases by lobbying on freedom of speech at the national and state level, and by sponsoring educational programs.

Get Caught Reading Task Force: Oversees Get Caught Reading, a national campaign to encourage reading and book buying. The campaign is directed at infrequent or lapsed readers of all ages and serves as an attention-getting reminder of the joys of reading. Members of the task force guide activities and promote the campaign within their own companies.

Independent Publishers Committee (IPC): Plans and creates high-quality panels for such issues as current trends in technology, including the sale of books on publisher web sites; selling to the library market; working with independent and chain bookstores; and working with publicity agents. Moving forward, the committee plans to examine new ways that AAP can serve independent publishers.

Publishing Latino Voices for America Task Force: Heightens awareness and understanding among consumers and industry professionals of publications authored by Latinos that appeal to all audiences—English- and Spanish-speaking, Latino and non-Latino. The task force achieves this through different initiatives, notably Latino Books Month; the "Aja! Leyendo" campaign (Spanish-language version of Get Caught Reading); educational seminars such as the Las Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference; continuous involvement in the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club; and publicity at industry events.

Statistics Committee: Works to ensure that AAP collects and distributes the most useful and current statistical information for the book publishing industry. The committee is currently examining and revising monthly and annual sales questionnaires and annual operating data questionnaires to develop an efficient, electronic method of collecting data. The committee is also developing partnerships with outside groups to share data. Statistical questionnaires are sent to more than 2,000 book publishers, including both members and nonmembers of AAP. Nonmember participants include the Book Industry Study Group, International Digital Publishing Forum, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and others.

Tax Committee:Led by senior tax executives, including Committee Chairman Alan Luchs of EY, Lisa Gilgen of McGraw-Hill Education and Vice Chairman Peter Healy of Wolters Kluwer, the Committee provides a forum for publishing tax executives to receive and exchange advice and information regarding the latest tax issues facing the industry in the U.S. and abroad.  Presentations during quarterly conference call and the Annual Meeting are given by a team of industry specialists from EY and others.

Trade Publishers Executive Committee: Creates and supports national efforts to advocate reading, increase book buying in all formats, and stimulate ideas that contribute to the profitability and health of the trade publishing industry. The committee also seeks to identify opportunities and offer solutions related to current and potential issues in trade publishing and bookselling, and define and promote book publishing in the context of the changing marketplace.

AAP Core International Committees

International Freedom to Publish Committee: Defends and promotes freedom of written communication worldwide. The committee monitors human rights issues and provides moral support and practical assistance to publishers and authors outside the United States who are denied basic freedoms. The committee carries on its work in close cooperation with other human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and PEN American Center.

International Sales Committee: Comprised of members who oversee export sales for publishers. The committee focuses on piracy, online export, distribution, and currency issues associated with export sales to the U.S. military; overseas schools, hotels, bookstores, and airports; and bookseller/distributor presence at major book fairs.

AAP Core Copyright Committees

Copyright Committee: Advises the AAP board of directors on legislative, regulatory, and legal issues that affect copyright protection provided to the publishing industry. The committee also serves as an information resource for the membership and the community at large and oversees the Copyright Education Committee (CEC), the Rights and Permissions Advisory Committee (RPAC), copyright litigation and amicus briefs, and related initiatives. The Copyright Committee has established several task forces to focus on issues such as Distance Learning, Parallel Importation, Document Delivery, Database Legislation, and the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act.

International Copyright Protection Committee (ICPC): Sets the priorities for the enforcement programs of the AAP, identifying countries and territories for collective action to protect members’ IP rights. The ICPC also identifies trade policy priorities to promote better conditions in existing markets and to promote access to new markets.  Through the ICPC, AAP engages with the U.S. and foreign governments on copyright, technology and international trade policy issues.  AAP works with the International Intellectual Property Alliance, a coalition of copyright industry organizations, to provide relevant and timely updates to the U.S. government about industry efforts to improve legitimate access to creative content as well as market access and copyright enforcement obstacles abroad.  The ICPC provides such information through a number of transparent processes: Special 301, the Notorious Markets List, and the Joint-Commission on Commerce and Trade.  To help open markets and address piracy, AAP also travels to and oversees its own programs in key global markets.  These programs also encourage and support efforts by policy makers, law enforcement, and educational institutions in raising awareness of IP and ensuring adequate and effective protection of copyright.  Key markets include: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Rights and Permissions Advisory Committee (RPAC): Has primary responsibility for education and training programs in the subject areas of copyrights and permissions. The Committee also provides appropriate input to the AAP Copyright Committee on matters specifically relating to rights and permissions (such as campus copyright compliance) and takes on special projects at the request of the Copyright Committee.

The RPAC is comprised of approximately 20 committee members who work in the area of copyrights, licensing and/or permissions. Participation on the Committee is only open to AAP members and there are no term restrictions on membership. The Committee meets every 8-10 weeks, usually at the AAP New York office.

AAP Digital Issues Committees

Digital Issues Working Group: A forum for publishers to share information and learn about business opportunities and strategies on the Internet. Topics include digital distribution and marketing among other subjects.

Online Piracy Working Group (OPWG): A forum for AAP member publishers to share information about and discuss strategies to combat online piracy of books in digital formats. The OPWG conducts periodic Internet monitoring to find instances of online trading of electronic files containing the full texts of copyrighted books without the publisher's authorization.

Paper Issues Working Group: Provide its members with a forum to obtain concise and accurate information on issues pertaining to the environmental aspects of the production of paper used in books. The information compiled may be used independently by AAP member companies to make decisions regarding their paper supply. The Group convenes regularly with various constituents with interests in book production and the environment.

The AAP Paper Issues Working Group seeks input from a variety of sources. Some of these sources include paper mills, regarding their current capabilities and future plans in the areas of sustainable forest management and recycled paper production, and certification organizations and environmental groups, to better understand the issues involved and various ways of addressing them.

AAP Higher Education Committees

Higher Education Committee: Comprised of the country’s leading developers of post-secondary course materials. The committee works with faculty, administrators, policymakers, and students on solutions that help students succeed by supporting the digital transformation in the classroom. Activities include a robust state-level lobbying program and initiatives to improve student success rates, lower the cost per-pupil for college and university instruction, and reduce student costs for course materials.

Higher Education Critical Issues Task Force:  Convenes, as needed, to work on issues involving the accessibility of textbooks and other instructional materials for post-secondary students with print disabilities.

AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Committees

Executive Council: Provides leadership and sets the policy and direction for the AAP’s PreK-12 Learning Group.

Content in Context Conference (CIC) Committee: Meets throughout the year to help develop programs for the annual CIC conference, including session topics, speakers, marketing ideas, and other ways to make the event valuable to attendees.

Federal Relations Committee: Addresses legislative and regulatory issues related to proposed and current federal education programs. Over the years, it has worked on federal reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Head Start, the Perkins Act, the federal Education Through Research Act, and others.

REVERE Awards Committee: Meets periodically throughout the year, with most of the work done over the summer, to advise on the direction of the division’s REVERE Awards. Advising includes marketing, program development, and making sure that the awards stay current with changes in the PreK-12 market.

Serving Students with Disabilities Committee: Facilitates the timely, efficient, and cost-effective production of accessible instructional materials for students with visual disabilities. Members meet with Braille specialists to discuss current technology and formats, and PreK-12 Division staff works with state administrators and legislators, and keeps members informed of current state laws and regulations.

State Committees: Deal with specific issues in various states regarding instructional materials, education technologies, and funding.

AAP Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division Committees

Executive Council: Seeks to defend copyright and protect its members' intellectual property worldwide; explore the opportunities and ramifications of technologies that affect the changing structure of academic, educational and business publishing in the distribution of information; improve relationships with the library, academic, and user communities; propose policy positions and standards for (and may fund) AAP projects important to scholarly and professional publishers; and monitor and influence government and regulatory developments worldwide bearing on PSP interests. The council is composed of corporate executives and executive directors of small, mid-sized, and large commercial companies, learned societies, and university presses, and each member is elected.

Books Committee: Provides a forum for discussing emerging strategic issues in the book publishing industry; provides educational resources to encourage new members; and keeps existing members informed about issues relevant to book publishers through two or three educational programs a year. The committee invites a guest speaker to each meeting to discuss trends in the book publishing arena.

Committee for Digital Information (CDI): Focuses on issues and developments in digital publishing at the intersection of content and technology. Provides a forum for exploring the aspects of digital publishing currently facing academic, scholarly, and professional publishers, and looks ahead to emerging issues and trends, as well as the technological innovations that can address them. To help AAP members stay informed, the committee produces two Seminar Series on Selected Issues in Digital Publishing each year, along with the long-running Pre-Conference seminar at the PSP Division’s Annual Conference.

Journals Committee: Focuses on industry issues specific to journal publishing and provides a network for discussing journal-related legislation, particularly for new technologies. The committee also presents educational forums of interest to professional and scholarly journal publishers, notably the AAP/PSP Journals Boot Camp, a rigorous biannual training forum for mid-level journals personnel. The committee invites a guest speaker to each meeting to discuss hot topics in journal publishing.

Professional Development Committee: Broadens, strengthens, and coordinates the existing education and training programs offered by AAP’s PSP Division to create a better understanding of and appreciation for the scholarly publishing process. To this end, the committee serves as a liaison to PSP standing committees on new educational programs; presents seminars and webinars on issues and trends in the marketplace; helps increase participation in education programs by identifying topics relevant to librarians, faculty, new publishing partners, and other stakeholders; and looks beyond the PSP industry for relevant trends and technologies that might apply to professional and scholarly publishing.

Public Issues Task Force (PITF): Monitors copyright, regulatory, political, and legislative issues that affect the business of professional and scholarly publishing; and provides reports and recommendations, as needed, to the PSP Executive Council. The PITF has no permanent members other than the chairperson who is responsible for following international developments and advising on their implications in the U.S.; serving as liaison between the PSP Executive Council and PSP’s Government Affairs Consultant; and creating ad hoc advisory teams, as necessary, to help carry out the chair’s responsibilities.

Public Relations Committee: An ad hoc committee formed, as needed, to create positive messages about the value of scholarly publishing; clarify the division’s position on important issues, such as copyright and open access.