Publishing Reports, 1908-1949, 1952-1956, 1973-1974, 1975-1984
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Brief Description: Publications of Quarterly (1911-49) and annual (1931-49, 1952-56) reports of sales and manufacturing costs of ALA publications, by title, includes a volume of collected reports published serially in the ALA Bulletin, 1908-30, includes Annual Reports, begun in 1973-74, covering background (1973-74), purpose, organization, staffing, and financial status for the Books and Pamphlets (including statistics on best-selling titles), Booklist, Reference and Subscription Book Reviews, Choice, American Libraries and Central Production units of Publishing Services.
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Record Series Number: 13/1/2
Created by: Publishing Services
Volume: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 01/17/1974.
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Arrangement: Arranged chronologically by publication date
Biographical Note for Publishing Services :

In 1886 the American Library Association established a Publishing Section to create a cooperative publishing program for librarians (1).  The program was to provide catalogs, indexes and bibliographies, and to undertake publishing projects that were not necessarily commercially feasible, but still of value to librarians (2).  By 1900 the ALA changed the name from the Publishing Section to the Publishing Board, and took steps to secure ALA committee status (3).  Two notable titles produced by the Publishing Board in the early part of the century were Booklist (1905-present) and ALA Bulletin (1907-1970, continued by American Libraries 1970-present) (4).  In 1920, as a result of the ALA constitution adopted that year, a standing ALA Editorial Committee replaced the Publishing Board (5).

The next forty years saw a steady increase in library science book publishing.  By 1966 the Editorial Committee could no longer efficiently manage its diverse requirements and responsibilities. To rejuvenate ALA's position in library science publishing, the ALA created a new Publishing Board in 1966.  Operating as an arm of the ALA Executive Board, the new Publishing Board centralized control over manuscript acquisition and editing, design and production, and in marketing (6).

The Publishing Board was concerned with matters of finance, policy, and INT, while the Editorial Committee maintained editorial control over nondivisional works.  Better coordination of editorial policy and financial administration was realized with the merger of the Publishing Board and the Editorial Committee at the ALA San Francisco Conference of 1975 (8).  Following the Conference the two bodies became known as the ALA Publishing Committee.  This ten-member ALA standing committee of Council, which governs over ALA Publishing Services, held its first meeting in October 1975 (8).  At present, ALA Publishing Services manages five principal activities: 1) Books and Pamphlets  2) Booklist  3) Central Production Unit  4) Library Technical Reports and 5) Reference/Subscription Book Reviews (9).

Subject Index
American Libraries
Annual Reports
Publication Manufacturing Costs
Publication Sales
Publishing Services
Reference and Subscription Books Review Committee
Languages of Materials
English [eng]