Thursday 31 July 2008

New Chair for North American Chapter

After three years at the helm Irving Rockwood stepped down as Chair of the North American Chapter of ALPSP at the end of July. Irv has done an absolutely tremendous job as the very first Chair of the Chapter. He has successfully mobilized a very committed team that has organized a whole host of educational events and seminars and that has worked to increase membership of ALPSP in North America. And boy have they been successful on all fronts. Irv's leadership has been an immensely important part of this success and speaking personally he has been a real pleasure to work with. Irv will be missed as Chapter Chair but will continue to serve on the Chapter Steering Committee.

Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and I am delighted to announce that Crispin Taylor took over as Chair of the Chapter on 1 August 2008.

Crispin, who in his day job is Executive Director of the American Society of Plant Biologists, has been heavily involved in the North American Chapter since its inception. He serves as a member of both the Chapter Steering Committee and the Education Committee. Crispin has energy and intelligence in abundance and is very perceptive and incisive; I am sure that under his leadership the North American Chapter will continue to thrive...

You can meet Crispin and other members of ALPSP Council at the ALPSP International Conference - book online now!

Tuesday 29 July 2008

Book Fairs II - London Book Fair 2009

Want cost effective display and meeting space for the whole of the London Book Fair?

ALPSP is looking at the possibility of making a small number of booths available as part of our stand at the London Book Fair in 2009. The booths will be let to members for the duration of the Fair and will be a very cost effective way of having display AND meeting space (each booth will have a table and chairs).

We anticipate that the booths will be extremely popular and be taken up quickly. If you think you might wish to take advantage of this opportunity, then please get in touch with Nick Evans as soon as possible to register your interest.

Space in the academic area of the London Book Fair in the main Earls Court hall has pretty much sold out so this may represent your only chance of getting meeting space in this area of the show!

Book Fairs I - Frankfurt

ALPSP Pre-Frankfurt Meal

Yes, we're doing it again! The MOST fun event in Frankfurt week...

We will be organizing the now legendary ALPSP pre-Frankfurt meal again this year. The informal meal is a great place to relax and enjoy the company of fellow ALPSP members and to recharge your batteries before the rigors of the Book Fair kicks in in earnest. Last year's meal was great fun and we had lots and lots of people turn up; more than we were expecting, in fact...

Last year's event was so popular that the restaurant had to be quite creative in order to fit everyone in! This year we are looking to see if we can take over the whole restaurant or to find somewhere larger to accommodate us. We want to keep the meal informal but it would help us plan if you can let either myself or Nick Evans know if you think you'd like to come along.

The meal will definitely take place on the evening of Tuesday 14 October - so mark it in your diary - and will once again be a fixed price including a variety of food and drinks. More details on the venue will follow in due course.

Appointments and meetings at the Book Fair

ALPSP will, of course, be having our usual stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Nick Evans and I are now beginning to book appointments for the Fair so please do contact us if you would like to meet during the week.

Monday 28 July 2008

ALPSP eBooks Collection

Following the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Ingram Digital (MyiLibrary) for a new ALPSP eBooks cooperative service and the agreement of terms (see the first three publishers to sign up are the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australian Academic Press and American Psychiatric Publishing Inc, with more following. If you want more details of how to add your eBook content to the AeBC get in touch with Nick Evans (

Friday 25 July 2008

Conducting e-Surveys for Academic and Educational publishing

10% discount for ALPSP members

This training day aims to give publishers, editors, marketing personnel and development editors an introduction to getting the most out of e-surveys. 10% discount for ALPSP members.

Wednesday 23 July 2008

Online Information, London 2-4 December 2008

As usual, ALPSP will have a strong presence at London Online in December... Here's the blurb:


Online Information 2008

2-4 December, Grand Hall, Olympia, London

Covering the full spectrum of online content and information management solutions the Online Information Exhibition, running 2-4 December, is the definitive showcase for the information industry with vendors exhibiting from all over the world. The event incorporates world class Online Information Conference, which attracts delegates from over 43 countries, providing a forum dedicated to learning, debate, professional development, technology reviews and assessments, expert discussion as well as case-study presentations and the sharing of research results and opinion. ALPSP and the event organisers Incisive Media are pleased to be able to offer ALPSP members a 25% early bird discount on the full three day conference delegate rate until 7 November and 15% thereafter. Entrance to the Exhibition is free, providing you register online in advance (£15 on the door).