SSP Committees

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Annual Meeting Program Committee

The Annual Meeting Program Committee selects the theme for the Annual Meeting and determines topics for keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions as well as pre-meeting activities. Members recruit speakers, provide guidance on expectations, and work with staff and other SSP groups to plan the schedule and promote the meetings. 

Audit Committee

The Audit committee provides oversight to the audit process and advises the Board of Directors about the audit and any findings.

C3 Community Ambassadors

Community Ambassadors help enrich and enhance the C3 Member Exchange for SSP members. They help facilitate discussions and share timely and interesting content to help members stay abreast of the latest industry developments.

Career Development Committee

The Career Development Committee plans and manages professional development activities, including mentorship, professional profiles, and the student and early career Fellowship program.

Early Career Subcommittee

A subcommittee of the Career Development Committee, this group focuses on activities established to promote and engage student and early career professionals in the publishing and information industry.

Community Engagement Committee

The Community Engagement Committee is responsible for bringing SSP members together for peer-to-peer interaction among groups with similar interests and/or geographical locations.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee is charged with providing education and resources to members about diversity and inclusion within their workplaces, and providing direction to SSP volunteers about how they can model diversity, inclusion, and accessibility practices in the work that they are doing on behalf of the organization.

Education Committee

The Education Committee plans and conducts educational seminars, Webinars, and the Focus Group. Members work with staff and other committees to promote the sessions.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees the budget and financial operations of SSP.

Generations Fund Committee

Help generate philanthropic dollars for the society by raising awareness about the SSP Generations Fund and stewarding donors.

Marketing & Communications Committee

The Marketing Committee coordinates and conducts marketing outreach for SSP activities, including the Annual Meeting and educational seminars. Members prepare copy and work with designers on advertisements, brochures, flyers, list serv announcements, e-mail announcements, etc.

Membership Committee

The responsibilities of the Membership Committee are to monitor SSP’s membership health, promote and develop new memberships in SSP, and advise the Board of Directors on matters concerning benefits for all classes of membership.

Nominating and Awards Committee

The Nominating and Awards Committee’s central responsibility is to identify the candidates for each open officer and Board position for election in the coming year.

Scholarly Kitchen Cabinet

The Kitchen Cabinet is the governing body for The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK). Among its responsibilities are settling governance issues, appointing the editor, reporting on TSK metrics and development to the Board of Directors, and making recommendations to the SSP Executive Committee regarding new opportunities for TSK.

Training Committee

The Training Committee supports the goal of making SSP a home for scholarly communications professionals at every career stage by developing new content and programming to enhance the range and diversity of resources for SSP members and the wider community.


Task Forces

Awards Program Task Force

Develop an awards program that would be repeated annually to recognize excellence in a variety of categories for scholarly communications. 

Benchmarking Advisory Group

Develop and conduct an annual benchmarking survey focused on gathering wage, compensation, skills, and demographic data from individuals working in scholarly communications and the organizations that employ them. 

Career Progression Task Force

In collaboration with the Association of University Presses and the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers, the Career Progression Task Force is charged with developing a database of well-formatted descriptions of mission-driven publishing roles. These descriptions will highlight the skills needed to enter the profession and advance a career.

Global Perspectives Task Force

In our commitment to fostering a truly global and inclusive scholarly publishing community, them Global Perspectives Task Force includes members from multiple different continents. The objectives of the GPTF are to analyze what global perspectives are absent or underrepresented in SSP, and understand the reasons for this, as well as to propose a set of recommendations outlining how SSP can engage more effectively with the global community.

Mental Health Task Force

Given the impact on organizations of employee mental health, SSP past presidents were convened to consider ways in which SSP as a society can and should support the mental health of members, with work related issues being the primary but not the only focus.  The goal of this task force is to identify potential opportunities, activities, resources, and initiatives. 

Member Criteria Task Force

Evaluate the potential benefits and consequences of establishing Membership Criteria and/or a Business Code of Conduct/Ethics/Behavior. Report to the board the risks, advantages, and disadvantages of implementing measures to limit what types of organizations can be a member of SSP.

Taxonomy Task Force

Implement a semantic enrichment program to index SSP’s professional development content, including content on The Scholarly Kitchen (TSK) and the OnDemand Library with conceptual metadata to increase content discoverability.