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Science and Technology Section (STS): About Our Discussion Groups

This guide provides information you need to successfully run or participate in a STS discussion group. We have tips for discussion group co-chairs and members, along with specific guidelines for each discussion group.


To provide a forum for exchanging information between science and technology publishers and vendors and science and technology librarians.


This discussion group usually has 8-10 members. See the current committee roster. This helps to ensure some portion of the membership can attend conferences to help run the discussion groups. The committee composition is determined by section leadership.


Plan a discussion at the  ALA Annual Conference by determining topic and format. Some previous conference discussion topics have been posted to the STS website or published in STS Signal.  The committee should gather proposed ideas from the membership to present a topic and lead a discussion, preferably followed by group discussion. Topics discussed include the issues affecting librarians relationships with vendors and publishers.


ALA Connect Community

STS Publisher/Vendor Relations Committee List

Official members of this section committee are automatically added to the committee’s Connect space and subscribed to the email list.

You can post to the list by sending an email to or by creating a new post directly in the Connect community.