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 Syreeta Swann.

AAP Core Committees

Adult Library Marketing Committee: The committee considers ideas and issues that pertain to the sale of books to all types of libraries.

Banned Books Task Force: This task force coordinates publisher participation in Banned Books Week, which takes place annually.

Children’s Library Marketing Committee: 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.

Compensation Survey Steering Committee: This committee oversees AAP’s survey of compensation and personnel practices, which provides timely industry-specific compensation data that helps publishers in recruiting and retaining high-quality staff.

Diversity/Recruit & Retain Committee (DRRC): This committee works to attract more talented, diverse voices to the publishing industry.

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.

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.

Statistics Committee: Works to ensure that AAP collects and distributes the most useful and current statistical information for the book publishing industry.

Tax 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.

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: This committee defends and promotes freedom of written communication worldwide.

International Sales Committee: 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

Content Protection & Policy Committee (CPPC): The committee discusses strategies to combat online piracy and sets  the priorities for AAP’s enforcement programs, identifying countries and
territories for collective action to protect members’ rights and promote member interests in foreign markets.

Copyright Committee: Advises the AAP board of directors on legislative, regulatory, and legal issues that affect copyright protection provided to the publishing industry.

AAP Digital Issues Committees

Digital Issues Working Group: A forum for publishers to share information and learn about business opportunities and strategies online.

Paper Issues Working Group: Provides 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.

AAP Higher Education Committees

Higher Education Committee: The committee works with faculty, administrators, policymakers, and students on solutions that help students succeed by supporting the digital transformation in the classroom.

AAP PreK-12 Learning Group Committees

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

Content in Context Conference (CIC) Committee: Meets throughout the year to help develop programs for the annual PreK- 12 Learning Group CIC conference, including session topics, speakers, marketing ideas, and other ways to make the event valuable to attendees.

Federal Relations Committee: Federal Relations Committee Addresses legislative and regulatory issues related to proposed and current federal education programs.

REVERE Awards Committee: Advises on the direction of the PreK-  12 division’s REVERE Awards to ensure the awards stay current with changes  in the PreK-12 market.

Serving Students with Disabilities Committee: The committee facilitates the timely, efficient, and cost-effective production of  accessible  instructional materials for PreK-12 students with visual disabilities.

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

AAP Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division Committees

PSP Annual Conference Committee: This committee identifies the content of the program for the PSP Annual Conference.

Executive Council: The council is composed of corporate executives and executive directors of small, mid-sized, and large commercial companies, learned societies, and university presses, and all members are elected.

Books Committee: Provides a forum for discussing emerging  strategic  issues  in  the book publishing industry and keeps members informed about issues relevant to book publishers through several educational programs a year.

Committee for Digital Information (CDI): 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.

Journals Committee: Focuses on industry issues specific to journal publishing and provides  a network for discussing journal-related legislation, particularly for new technologies.

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.

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.

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